Love, eggs and ideas: the keys to NKorean weightlifting success

Tue Sep 23, 2014 4:45am EDT
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By Peter Rutherford

INCHEON South Korea (Reuters) - "Recipe for weightlifting success," by North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Take one egg.

Add an idea.

Break a stone with said egg.


North Korean weightlifters Om Yun Chol and Kim Un Guk faced the media at a news conference on Tuesday that was supposed to focus on their world records and gold medals from the Incheon Asian Games this week.

What transpired, however, was pure North Korean theater complete with an interfering translator, a puzzling proverb, and outpourings of affection for Kim Jong Un.

North Korean athletes have been tight-lipped here in Incheon, shepherded around the port city's sporting venues by minders and using reporters questions as a vehicle to declare their love for their country's leader.   Continued...

North Korea's Om Yun Chol (L) and Kim Un Guk (R) pose with their gold medals during a news conference at the 17th Asian Games in Incheon September 23, 2014. REUTERS/Rob Dawson