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David Wharton: Politics is part of the story, but the Winter Games kept the focus on the athletes

PEYONGCHANG, South Korea - When the 2018 Winter Olympics come to an end this weekend, when the last bobsled has crossed the finish line, politics will have one more chance to elbow into the picture.

From the start, these Games have been drawn into a decades-old conflict here on the Korean peninsula and shadowed by the nuclear rhetoric between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

On Sunday, Trump's daughter, Ivanka, is expected to attend the Closing Ceremony along with North Korean officials in a reprise of Vice President Mike Pence's uneasy appearance at the opener.

"A high-intensity political narrative," said Michael Heine, director of the

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