Switzerland's Roger Federer holds his trophy aloft after defeating Croatia's Marin Cilic during the men's singles final at the Australian Open tennis
Pita Taufatofua carries the flag of Tonga during the opening ceremony of the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Friday, Feb. 9, 2018. (
Denmark's Caroline Wozniacki celebrates after defeating Romania's Simona Halep during the women's singles final at the Australian Open tennis champion
Phillippines' Eumir Felix Marcial, red, and Uzbekistan's Israil Madrimov fight in their men's middleweight boxing semifinal at the 18th Asian Games in
Pakistan's Muhammad Nooh Butt compete at the men's +105kg weightlifting at the 18th Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia, Monday, Aug. 27, 2018. (AP Phot
Ryom Tae Ok and Kim Ju Sik of North Korea perform in the pair figure skating short program in the Gangneung Ice Arena at the 2018 Winter Olympics in G
The mouthpiece of China's Mengmeng Gao, right, flies out during her fight with Japan's Ayumi Uekusa during their women's 68kg kumite karate at the 18t
Canada's Jessica Frotten crashes during the women's T54 1500m final at Carrara Stadium during the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast, Australia
Lao's Kantana Nanthisen, left, kicks a ball against Thailand's Anuwat Chaichana during men's sepak takraw team doubles final match at the 18th Asian G
In this April 9, 2018 photo, New Zealand's Laurel Hubbard reacts after failing to make a lift in the snatch of the women's +90kg weightlifting final a
Iran's team, in red, react after defeating India's during at the women's team Kabaddi gold medal match at the 18th Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia,
Malaysia's Nur Dhabitah Sabri competes during the women's 1m springboard diving at the 18th Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia, Friday, Aug. 31, 2018.
A swimmer adjusts his swim cap during a training session at the18th Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia, Friday, Aug. 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangu
Spain's Rafael Nadal is silhouetted as he makes a backhand to Argentina's Leonardo Mayer during their second round match at the Australian Open tennis
Farrell Treacy of Great Britain crashes during the men's 1500 meters in the Gangneung Ice Arena at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea,
Jonatan Christie of Indonesia celebrates after defeating Kenta Nishimoto of Japan during their men's single semifinals badminton match at the 18th Asi
Hungary's Marton Fucsovics prepares to serve to Switzerland's Roger Federer during their fourth round match at the Australian Open tennis championship
Denmark's Caroline Wozniacki is taken for a ride on a punt with her Australian Open trophy, the Daphne Akhurst Memorial Cup in the Royal Botanical Gar
Alla Tsuper, of Belarus, crashes during the women's freestyle aerial final at Phoenix Snow Park at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Kore
Madison Chock and Evan Bates of the United States fall during the ice dance, free dance figure skating final in the Gangneung Ice Arena at the 2018 Wi
Jessica Diggins, left, of the United States, celebrates after winning the gold medal past Stina Nilsson, of Sweden, in the during women's team sprint
Natalia Kaliszek and Maksym Spodyriev of Poland perform during the ice dance, short dance figure skating in the Gangneung Ice Arena at the 2018 Winter
In this April 5, 2018 photo, Australia's Mitchell Morgans falls of the high bar as he competes at the men's artistic gymnastics competition at Coomera
Tilen Bartol, of Slovenia, soars through the air during qualification for the men's large hill individual ski jumping competition at the 2018 Winter O
From scorching tennis courts in a summer Down Under, to the ice and snow of Pyeongchang, the surf and sand of Australia's Gold Coast and the humid, hectic heart of Jakarta, a rich diversity of Asia's venues have been showcased for a global sporting audience in 2018.
Roger Federer started the year by winning an unprecedented 20th Grand Slam singles tennis title at the Australian Open in Melbourne, where Caroline Wozniacki won her first major title in what really was a great day for the Dane.
International sporting attention quickly shifted to Winter Olympics, where a shirtless Tongan cross-country skier stole the show at the opening ceremonies. But it was a thawing of tension between the Koreas, highlighted by an historic joint team in the women's ice hockey, that largely took some focus off the high-profile figure skating and Alpine skiing in the games that were hosted by South Korea.
The Commonwealth Games and the Asian Games were the two major, multi-sports showpieces of the year and were held on either side of the soccer World Cup in Russia.
Athletes from as far afield as Antigua and Zambia competed in April on the Gold Coast at the Commonwealth Games, featuring a collection of countries and territories that comprised the old British Empire. The Aussies regained top spot on the medals table from England, and India moved into third.
Jakarta and Palembang, Indonesia co-hosted the Asian Games, the regional Olympic-style event that gathers 10,000 athletes from across the continent every four years. China finished atop the standings in August, but Japan narrowed the gap and achieved a significant goal in the process: preparing young athletes for the Tokyo Olympics in 2020.
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