Will home cooking power a Korean medal parade next February?

PALM DESERT, October 4, 2017 – Traditionally, countries which host an Olympic Games can expect their athletes to win more medals at home than in Games held elsewhere.

So what can be expected from Korean athletes at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games to be held – probably – next February in PyeongChang?

We survey the data from the last 20 years to see what the impact has been of “home cooking” on Winter Games athletes from the hosting country. The finding are in our Lane One commentary, plus the low-down on a major surprise at the World Gymnastics Championships:

= p. 5/Gymnastics: Shock as World Champion Kohei Uchimura withdraws from Worlds!
= p. 8/Football: U.S. men desperate for a win vs. Panama in World Cup qualifier on Friday;
= p. 10/Short Track: Are Korea’s Lim and Choi just too good, or ready too soon?
= p. 12/Diving: U.S.’s Brooke Schultz wins two at Pan American Junior Champs;
= p. 14/Surfing: U.S. juniors win World Surfing Championships team title!