North Korean ski coach says it's an 'honor' to compete in Olympics

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PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — North Korea's Alpine skiing coach says it's an "honor" to compete in the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, though he doesn't expect much from any of his athletes.

North Korea sent 22 athletes, including three Alpine skiers, to the Pyeongchang Games thanks to special entries given by the International Olympic Committee amid rare reconciliation mood between the rival Koreas.

The North's Alpine coach, Pyon Yong Do, says attending the Olympics has a "significant meaning" though winning competitions are important, too.

The 19 other North Korean athletes participating in the games are three cross-country skiers; two short-track speed skaters; a pair of figure skaters; and 12 female hockey players who helped form the Koreas' first joint Olympic team with South Korean players.