North Korean pair trained in Canada

Metro Canada (Toronto) - - Sports -

The North Korean fig­ure skaters who have been cleared to com­pete at the Win­ter Games in South Korea next month have a Cana­dian con­nec­tion.

Pairs team Ryom Tae-ok and Kim Jusik, the only North Korean ath­letes to qual­ify for the Games, worked un­der coach Bruno Mar­cotte in Montreal last sum­mer on a rou­tine de­vised with his sis­ter, chore­og­ra­pher Julie Mar­cotte.

“There’s been a lot of talk about the po­lit­i­cal con­se­quences but what has been overlooked is that they qual­i­fied. They earned the right to be there,” Bruno Mar­cotte said this week.

Ap The As­so­ci­ated press

Ryom Tae-ok, left, and Kim Ju-sik

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