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South Korea eyes top four in 2018 Olympic medal standings

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A picture taken on February 23, 2014 shows the flag of South Korea (R) flying during the Closing Ceremony of the Sochi Winter Olympics at the Fisht Olympic Stadium. The 2018 Winter Olympic games are scheduled to take place in Pyeongchang, South Korea. AFP PHOTO / DAMIEN MEYER (Photo credit should read DAMIEN MEYER/AFP/Getty Images)

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South Korea’s Olympic Committee set goals of winning at least 20 medals and a top-four place in the medal standings when it hosts the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, according to South Korean media.

Specifically, the committee eyes eight gold, four silver and eight bronze medals in 2018, according to the Chosun Ilbo.

South Korea’s best Winter Olympic showing was 14 medals at the Vancouver 2010 Winter Games. That earned the nation seventh in overall medals (though the committee may be referring to the gold-medal standings with its fourth-place goal in 2018).

South Korea won eight medals in Sochi, dropping to 12th overall.

If South Korea is going to break into the top four, it must pass at least two of the traditional Winter Olympic powers -- the U.S., Canada, Germany, Norway and Russia.

The last two Winter Olympic host nations other than those five powers -- Japan in 1998 and Italy in 2006 -- were ninth and 10th in overall medals, respectively.

All of South Korea’s Winter Olympic medals have been won by speed skaters and Yuna Kim, who is now retired.

South Korea placed sixth in the overall medal standings when it hosted the Summer Olympics in Seoul in 1988.

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