Korea Predicted to Finish 6th at Pyeongchang Olympics

  • By Kang Ho-chul

    November 02, 2017 10:44

    Korea is predicted to place 6th, with 7 gold, 2 silver and 1 bronze medals at the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, according to sports data specialists Gracenote on Wednesday.

    Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon (left) and former figure skater Kim Yu-na hold the Olympic flame in a safe lamp on arrival at Incheon International Airport on Wednesday, 100 days before the opening of the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang. /Newsis

    Gracenote's forecast is based on the analysis of players stats from previous Olympics and other world-class events with higher credits placed on recent events, meaning the forecast may see minor changes before the Pyeongchang Olympics start in February.

    In a previous analysis in May, Gracenote forecast that Korea would garner 7 gold, 1 silver and 1 bronze medals.

    As the host, Korea is aiming for their best winter Olympic games ever, hoping to place 4th overall with 8 gold, 4 silver and 8 bronze medals.

    Korea's best finish so far was 5th place at the Vancouver Olympics in 2010, with 6 gold, 2 silver and 2 bronze medals. Most recently at the Sochi Olympics in 2014, it ended with a disappointing 13th place with 3 gold, 3 silver and 3 bronze medals.

    The analysts expect Germany to top the medal table, with Norway and the U.S. closely competing for 2nd place. Former champion Russia, on the other hand, is forecast to fall to 8th.

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