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North Korea's Key to Olympic Medals: Refrigerators For Winners, Labor Camps for Losers
ABC News ^ | 8/2/12 | JOOHEE CHO

Posted on 08/02/2012 12:31:17 PM PDT by LibWhacker

North Korea's Olympic athletes are thrilling their countrymen with surprising success in winning medals and they are attributing their success to their Dear Leader Kim Jong Un.

But others, including former North Korean athletes who have defected, suggest the success of the country's small contingent of athletes at the games may be the result of a policy of training them from a very young age at specialized schools, backed up by rewards like cars and refrigerators for winners and the threat of labor camps for losers.

North Korea ranks 14th in the overall medal count, but fifth in terms of the number of gold medals with four.

(Excerpt) Read more at abcnews.go.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: camps; korea; labor; medals; north; olympic; refrigerators

1 posted on 08/02/2012 12:31:29 PM PDT by LibWhacker
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To: LibWhacker

If they lose at the Gay Olympics, do they send them to Chick-Fil-A ?


2 posted on 08/02/2012 12:33:46 PM PDT by TurboZamboni (Looting the future to bribe the present)
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To: LibWhacker

Gee - nothing like our country, where the winners get multi-million dollar endorsement deals, and the losers stock shelves at the Home Depot....


3 posted on 08/02/2012 12:35:58 PM PDT by Uncle Ike (Rope is cheap, and there are lots of trees...)
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To: Uncle Ike
Gee - nothing like our country, where the winners get multi-million dollar endorsement deals, and the losers stock shelves at the Home Depot....

Winners also get a notice of tax due from the IRS...

4 posted on 08/02/2012 12:42:05 PM PDT by CedarDave
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To: LibWhacker

I remember my dad telling me to cheer for our athletes but not to hope the Soviets lose. He told me then that our athletes that lose go on to great lives, even without a medal, while the Soviets go home to Siberia.

I tell my kids the same about the Chinese, the Cubans, the Venezuelans and the North Koreans.


5 posted on 08/02/2012 12:46:04 PM PDT by netmilsmom (Romney scares me. Obama is the freaking nightmare that is so bad you are afraid to go back to sleep)
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To: LibWhacker

You have to wonder what good it does to win a refrigerator when there is no food to put in it.


6 posted on 08/02/2012 12:47:54 PM PDT by newheart (At what point does policy become treason?)
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To: CedarDave

” Winners also get a notice of tax due from the IRS... “

That’s the ‘New’ American Way - penalize success...

(Obama speech stating that they didn’t ‘earn’ the medals... in 5-4-3-...)


7 posted on 08/02/2012 12:48:15 PM PDT by Uncle Ike (Rope is cheap, and there are lots of trees...)
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8 posted on 08/02/2012 12:49:41 PM PDT by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: Uncle Ike

>> the losers stock shelves at the Home Depot....<<

Puleez.
If that’s what they chose to do, they chose it.
But they have a CHOICE. The athletes from the communist countries don’t.


9 posted on 08/02/2012 12:49:56 PM PDT by netmilsmom (Romney scares me. Obama is the freaking nightmare that is so bad you are afraid to go back to sleep)
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To: Uncle Ike

You’ve got to be kidding.


10 posted on 08/02/2012 12:50:37 PM PDT by LibWhacker
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To: newheart

You have to wonder what good it does to win a refrigerator when there is no food to put in it.
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That is called ‘signifyin’ and it does make a neat storage bin as since there is no food, it doesn’t matter cause there isn’t much electricity either.

Like the kid hawking newspapers went up to a guy and said “Newspaper Mister”?
“I can’t read”.
“Doesn’t matter for a couple of cents you buy the newspaper, stick it under your arm and everyone will think you can”.


11 posted on 08/02/2012 12:54:35 PM PDT by xrmusn (6/98 "It is virtually impossible to clean the pond as long as the pigs are still crapping in it")
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To: newheart

That doesn’t matter. The refrigerator or car was probably designed personally by the Supreme Leader. It another object they can’t use but must venerate. /s


12 posted on 08/02/2012 12:55:41 PM PDT by ken in texas (I was taught to respect my elders but it keeps getting harder to find any.)
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To: LibWhacker

Not surprising, and certainly nothing new.

IIRC, one of Saddam Hussien’s sons was in charge of either Iraq’s Olympic or World Cup soccer team, and he would personally torture (real, physical torture, not the sort that John Mcain claims went on at Club Gitmo) athletes who weren’t performing as well as he thought they should.

Mark


13 posted on 08/02/2012 12:55:47 PM PDT by MarkL (Do I really look like a guy with a plan?)
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To: LibWhacker

” You’ve got to be kidding. “

Yeah - about half kidding.... ;)


14 posted on 08/02/2012 12:56:45 PM PDT by Uncle Ike (Rope is cheap, and there are lots of trees...)
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To: LibWhacker
Deceptive headline...make that “running water for winners,disappearing from the face of the earth for losers”
15 posted on 08/02/2012 1:01:35 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Poor Barack.If He's Reelected,Think Of The Mess He'll Inherit!)
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To: Uncle Ike

Even when American Olympians LOSE, they can still make six-figure salaries. The competing pro skiers are at $70k up into the millions.


16 posted on 08/02/2012 1:45:33 PM PDT by GeorgeWashingtonsGhost
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To: Uncle Ike

“where the winners get multi-million dollar endorsement deals, and the losers stock shelves at the Home Depot....”

So, what’s wrong with that?


17 posted on 08/02/2012 1:45:43 PM PDT by fishtank (The denial of original sin is the root of liberalism.)
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To: Uncle Ike

That stuff don’t stock itself.


18 posted on 08/02/2012 1:49:57 PM PDT by Berlin_Freeper (Siri: USA - ALL THE WAY!)
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To: LibWhacker

I was thinking about this while watching the USA vs PRK soccer match.


19 posted on 08/02/2012 3:58:07 PM PDT by Mike Darancette (Obamaid has to go.)
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To: Mike Darancette

It’s pitiful. Pitiable? (Hmm, what’s the difference, anyway? Something to look up — once again. Maybe it’ll stick this time!)

To think about an entire team of innocent young kids flushed down the drain like that... Who knows how many of them will survive it? For losing a damn soccer game.


20 posted on 08/03/2012 11:40:03 AM PDT by LibWhacker
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To: LibWhacker
From thesaurus.com:
piteous is generally not used when speaking of people, pitiable means 'able to be pitied,' and pitiful most often means 'insignificant; below contempt'
Try to remember, LW!!!
21 posted on 08/03/2012 11:46:16 AM PDT by LibWhacker
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