North Korean Determine Skaters Qualify For Olympics, Probably Easing Tensions

And the pressure of a suitable performance here seemed to weigh on the mind of Ri Chol-un, an official with the North Korean skating federation.
Ms. Ryom and Mr. Kim finished 15th at the 2017 world championships, an event far less fraught with world politics.
Both Ms. Ryom and Mr. Kim reduced planned side-by-side triple Salchows to two rotations instead of three.
“I want to continue to improve until I become world champion,” Ms. Ryom said the other day.
“I was a little nervous, but the coach comrades, they trusted us and people have been cheering for us,” Mr. Kim, the skater, said.

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