South Korean skiers returns home after two-day joint training in North Korea

마식령 공동스키훈련단 북한 선수단과 함께 귀국

A team of athletes from both Koreas came down south of the border on Thursday.
South Korean athletes returned home after wrapping up their two-day training at the Masikryong Ski Resort.... while a dozen other North Korean athletes invited to take part in the PyeongChang Olympics.... crossed the border yesterday as well.
And before we sit down with an expert to dig deeper into the issues surrounding North Korea as the Olympics draws near... our Song Ji-sun reports on North and South Korean athletes preparing for the Winter Games.
A delegation of 31 South Korean skiers was flown back home from North Korea Thursday on a chartered flight.
They were joined by 32 North Koreans, led by the North's vice sports minister Won Gil-woo.
Among them are 10 athletes who will compete in the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics,... including a figure skating duo, two short track speed skaters and three athletes each in cross-country and alpine skiing.
Upon arriving in South Korea, the ten North Korean athletes were taken to the athletes' village in Gangneung where they will stay throughout the duration of the Winter Games.
As for the 12 members of the North Korean women's ice hockey team... they had arrived in the South last week to hold joint training with their South Korean counterparts.
A total of 22 North Korean athletes will compete across five disciplines,... making this the largest North Korean delegation in Winter Olympic history.
On the last day of the two-day training on Thursday,.... the South Korean alpine and cross-country skiers held joint training sessions including friendly races at the North's Masikryong Ski Resort.
There are ten slopes at the resort with a total length of nearly 18-kilometers.
The luxurious Masikryong Ski Resort opened in December of 2013 which took less than a year to build after the North's leader Kim Jong-un ordered the construction in February of the same year.
Kim who is known to have been educated in Switzerland is rumored to be keenly interested in skiing.
Ji Myung-kil, Arirang News.

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