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Things we learnt from the Olympics. No.2

The world can like North Koreans.


As Kim Un Guk of North Korea danced and waved, something very strange happened, an international (though predominantly British) audience cheered and celebrated the unlikely victory. There can be few environments in which a North Korean who repeatedly salutes his national flag, outside of North Korea that is, where his actions would be celebrated, but such is the effect of the Olympics perhaps. Any questions about the conditions he endured through his training, or indeed the conditions of those in North Korea who are not elite athletes, were put aside for a moment, and he was a hero to all.

Politics aside, Kim was particularly entertaining and could not have done much more to ender himself to the crowd, just goes to show that a smile and a wave really can go a long way.