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PyeongChang Olympic venues (photos)

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The 2018 PyeongChang Winter Games are split into two clusters — a coastal cluster of arenas for skating and curling and a mountain cluster for skiing and sliding.

Many venues have already hosted competitions in the form of Olympic test events. More are being broken in this winter.

They’ll all be in regular use starting Feb. 8, 2018, when competition starts at the Winter Olympics.

For more on the Olympic venues, check out this video tour published by PyeongChang organizers in December.

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PyeongChang Olympic Village
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PyeongChang Olympic Stadium (Opening/Closing Ceremonies)
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Gangneung Olympic Park
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Gangneung Ice Arena (Figure Skating/Short Track)
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Gangneung Hockey Center
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Gangneung Oval (Speed Skating)
PYEONGCHANG-GUN, SOUTH KOREA - NOVEMBER 09: A general view of the Gangneung Curling Centre located in the Gangneung Coastal Cluster ahead of the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics on November 9, 2016 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)
Gangneung Curling Center
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Kwandong Hockey Center
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Jeongseon Alpine Center (Downhill, Super-G, Super Combined)
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Bokwang Snow Park (Freestyle Skiing/Snowboard)
PYEONGCHANG, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 10: The Alpensia Resort is seen from above on February 10, 2015 in the mountain cluster of Pyeongchang, South Korea. The region, located in the northwest Taebaek Mountains of Korea, is preparing to host the 23rd edition of the Winter Olympics from February 9th to February 25th of 2018. (Photo by Michael Heiman/Getty Images)
Alpensia Resort
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Alpensia Sliding Center (Bobsled, Luge, Skeleton)
PYEONGCHANG-GUN, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 2: The general view of Alpensia Cross-Country Skiing Centre, venue for the Cross County Skiing and Nordic Combined in Alpensia Resort Park ahead of PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games on February 2, 2017 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea. (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)
Alpensia Cross-Country Center
PYEONGCHANG-GUN, SOUTH KOREA - DECEMBER 16: Alpensia Biathlon Centre is seen on December 16, 2016 in PyeongChang, South Korea. (Photo by Woohae Cho/Getty Images)
Alpensia Biathlon Center
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Alpensia Ski Jumping Center
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Yongpyong Alpine Center (Giant Slalom, Slalom)

Leanne Smith leads U.S. gold medalists at para swim worlds

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Leanne Smith has never competed at a Paralympics. Came into this week’s world championships with zero world medals. But she leaves London with three individual golds, most for any American, one year before the Tokyo Games.

Smith, 21, won the 150m individual medley, 50m breaststroke and 100m freestyle in her classification, all in American record times. The last two titles came on the final day of the seven-day meet on Sunday.

Smith, diagnosed with a rare neurological muscle disease called dystonia in January 2012, began swimming in 2013. By 2017, she broke a world record and then debuted at the world championships with a best individual finish of sixth.

The U.S. finished with 35 total medals and 14 golds, ranking sixth in the overall standings. Ukraine, usually strong at the Paralympics, led the way with 55 medals. Full results are here.

Jessica Long, the second-most-decorated U.S. Paralympian in history with 23 medals, earned six this week — five silvers and a bronze — to give her 52 career world championships medals.

Two-time Paralympian Mallory Weggemann earned two golds this week, giving her 15 world titles in three appearances (her others being in 2009 and 2010).

She won 50m titles in the butterfly and freestyle. Weggemann won a 2012 Paralympic 50m free title but was fortunate just to make it back for Rio after a 2014 accident that she said was harder to come back from than her teenage paralysis. She left Rio with no medals but a resolve to return for a third Games in Tokyo.

“I’m two seconds away from bursting into tears,” Weggemann said after winning the first of her two golds in the 50m fly, according to U.S. Paralympics. “I had a really rough go these past three years since Rio, so to finally be back after busting my butt to be here, and to be here in London of all places, is absolutely incredible.”

Fellow Rio Paralympians McKenzie Coan and Robert Griswold added two golds a piece.

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Heimana Reynolds wins skateboard world title, nears an Olympic goal from age 10

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In February 2009, a 10-year-old Heimana Reynolds was profiled by his local NBC TV station on Oahu.

“My goal is to become a professional skateboarder and compete in the X Games and the Olympics,” he said, according to the report.

Skateboarding would not be added to the Olympics for another seven years. But here Reynolds is, age 21, having just won the world title in park, one of two skateboarding events that debut at the Games in Tokyo.

Reynolds, who wasn’t named to the four-man U.S. national team in March, consolidated his lead in the Olympic qualification rankings by prevailing over a pair of Brazilians in Sao Paulo on Sunday.

A shirtless Reynolds scored 88 points in the final, beating Luis Francisco (85.50) and Pedro Quintas (85).

No more than three Americans can make the Olympic team in the event, which will make it difficult if three-time Olympic halfpipe snowboarding champion Shaun White decides to continue his skateboarding pursuit. White was the sixth-best American, bowing out in the semifinals in 13th place on Saturday in just his second contest since returning to competitive skating last year.

Back to Reynolds. He grew up on the North Shore and attended the Punahou School, where Barack Obama is the most famous alum. His first name is Tahitian, reportedly referring to the power of Jesus’ crown of thorns.

Reynolds, the son of a surfer, proved a natural on land. After pre-teen media profiles, he blossomed into a world silver medalist last year. He won an Olympic qualifier in China in July to take the top spot in the Olympic rankings despite a best career X Games finish of sixth.

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