Meanwhile, chew on this: In 2007, South Korea was roundly criticized by expats (who roundly criticize South Korea for a lot of things) when it seemed to have made much of its pitch for the 2014 Winter Olympics based on an appeal for peace on the Korean Peninsula (we have that nasty neighbor to the north), but now a German reporters who is an "expert" on the Olympics, is saying that the prospect of using the Olympics for peace — which could earn the IOC a Nobel Peace Prize, he says — may be just the ticket.
I say we focus on Kim Yuna, snow, infrastructure and ease of travel, and that we don't have to worry (as much) about terrorists (I've so far avoided bringing up rival Munich's past Olympic troubles in this regard, lest I alert Karma).
- One person has been rescued but four people are still missing after the group jumps from Shinch'ŏngp'yŏng Bridge, east of Seoul, into the swollen North Han River in an apparent suicide (AP via WaPo, Yonhap, Joongang Daily)
- President Lee Myungbak arrives in South Africa to make final pitch for P'yŏngch'ang's bid to host 2018 Winter Olypiad (Yonhap)
- Lee rehearses speech and holds strategy meeting (Yonhap)