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    North Korean Skater?

    I was just curious to know why North Korea (or PRK) sent a man to Olympics (and he was fabulous) and yet he's not at Worlds.

    I was just wondering if anyone knew why PRK sent skaters to the Olympics and not to Worlds?

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    Oh, I did not realize that they did and I am glad that he was good.

    But I do not think that you would ever get any details on any topic from the country where the freedom of speech in the media is nonexistent.

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    Looking at the skaters on wikipedia's list of Figure skaters from DPRK (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Categor...of_North_Korea), it looks like they send skaters to the Olympics and other, smaller events, but never to the World Championships. I'm assuming it has something to do with wanting to have athletes do the country proud, and the fact that they deem the World Champs as not receiving enough media attention to warrant investing the money to send the athletes.

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    OT, but I'm just curious if they're still doing Iron Lotus.
    Last edited by jBroxton7001; 03-24-2010 at 04:13 AM.

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    I think it might be a financial matter. It also happens in other sports like gymnastics. Probably for the olympics it is the North Korean Olympic Comitee that pays for the expenses but for worlds,... it might be the skating federation and they probably have little money, so they'd only send the athletes to the competitions closer to them or cheaper,...

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    North Korea is in extreme difficulty, now. People are starving to death. It would be too luxurious to send an athlete to Worlds.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cosmos View Post
    North Korea is in extreme difficulty, now. People are starving to death. It would be too luxurious to send an athlete to Worlds.
    Somehow they have a lot of money to spend on weapons. If the athlete is good enough to be internationally competitive and boost the national pride, I bet they would do so at the sacrifice of starvation. Just my speculation.

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    I realize the circumstances behind North Korea and didn't want to start a political discussion - I was just curious on their reasoning.

    Thanks.

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    Im not well aware ( I dont think anyone here really knows how bad/good things are over there) of the North Korea politic/economic situation, but this has been their usual policy when it comes to olympic sporst : Send the athletes only To Olympics and Asian Games (if they're not held in South Korea) and nothing else. Every 4 year a skater/gymnast, etc gets the chance to get out the country and qualify a spot, thats why Ri was sent to Nebelhorn. Its been the same way for decades now. Money is really not the issue.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SamuraiKike View Post
    Im not well aware ( I dont think anyone here really knows how bad/good things are over there) of the North Korea politic/economic situation, but this has been their usual policy when it comes to olympic sporst : Send the athletes only To Olympics and Asian Games (if they're not held in South Korea) and nothing else. Every 4 year a skater/gymnast, etc gets the chance to get out the country and qualify a spot, thats why Ri was sent to Nebelhorn. Its been the same way for decades now. Money is really not the issue.
    It begs the question, if that's really effective, If you only send someone every four years, you can't really build that international reputation. I mean Ri was clean, but he didn't make it to the Olympics LP. And how do you train for a competition that only comes every four years without any assessment in between?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mrs. P View Post
    It begs the question, if that's really effective, If you only send someone every four years, you can't really build that international reputation. I mean Ri was clean, but he didn't make it to the Olympics LP. And how do you train for a competition that only comes every four years without any assessment in between?
    I agree and I definetly feel bad for Ri, he was very good at Nebelhorn and better at Vancouver, and it sucks for him being deprived of international competition. Seems to work in gymnastics though, every once in a while a North Korean comes out of nowhere and grabs a medal at Worlds .

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    Quote Originally Posted by cosmos View Post
    North Korea is in extreme difficulty, now. People are starving to death. It would be too luxurious to send an athlete to Worlds.
    But dear leader enjoys watching figure sakting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by watchvancouver View Post
    But dear leader enjoys watching figure sakting.
    That seems true. I think North Korea had been investing in figure skating, more so than South Korea. They hold an annual international competition (participants are usually from the old Soviet-block countries), and in 2006 Turin games they sent a man and a woman in singles event, and even a pairs team! I hope we get to see more of them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thumbyskates View Post
    I realize the circumstances behind North Korea and didn't want to start a political discussion - I was just curious on their reasoning.

    Thanks.
    Thanks, too.

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