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Looking ahead 2018

Pyeongchang Winter Olympics face uphill battle for success

Outlook clouded by North Korean belligerence and Chinese ban on tour groups

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There will be much pressure on South Korea's Olympic medal hopefuls such as short-track skaters Shim Suk-hee, left, and Choi Min-jeong, right.   © Reuters

The 1988 Seoul Olympic Games marked a successful coming-out party for newly democratic South Korea, even though they are largely remembered for the Canadian sprinter Ben Johnson's victory in the men's 100m race before testing positive for drugs.

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