North Korea cheerleaders bring feeling of home to Winter Olympics

Aamer Madhani and Martin Rogers


GANGNEUNG, South Korea — It was about 10 minutes before puck drop in the much-anticipated unified Korea women’s hockey team debut, when the North Korean cheerleaders stole the show.

Kanye West blared on the arena speakers, and the cheer squad of young North Korean women decked out in matching red and white outfits decided it was time for their first routine.

They waved small unified Korean Peninsula flags, and swayed in unison and sung “ban gap seup nee da,” or nice to meet you.

The crowd was instantly transfixed.

“It felt like I was competing in my own country,” Jong Su Hyon, one 12 North Koreans on the joint team’s roster, said of the atmosphere

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