North Korean Olympic cheerleaders steal the show in Pyeongchang

Dubbed ‘the army of beauties,’ the cheerleaders waved small flags. (File photo: AP)
Updated 12 February 2018

North Korean Olympic cheerleaders steal the show in Pyeongchang

CAIRO: Videos of North Korean cheerleaders at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics performing tightly-synchronized routines left viewers around the world mesmerized by the spectacle.
As North and South Korea’s unified women’s hockey team took to the ice this week, 75 cheerleaders stole the show as they chanted their own songs in unison.
Dubbed “the army of beauties,” the cheerleaders waved small unified Korean Peninsula flags, swayed in unison and sung “ban gap seup nee da,” or nice to meet you, reported USA Today.
The crowd was taken by storm.
Audience members attending speed skating and ice hockey events managed to capture several videos of their performance, which went viral on social media.


Ancient cup given to 1st marathon victor returned to Greece

Updated 13 November 2019

Ancient cup given to 1st marathon victor returned to Greece

ATHENS, Greece: An ancient Greek cup awarded as a prize to the marathon winner in the first modern Olympics of 1896 has been returned to Athens from a German university.
Greece’s Culture Ministry says the 6th century B.C. pottery vessel was considered lost for decades until research in 2014 by archaeologist Giorgos Kavvadias identified it in the University of Muenster’s collections.
A ministry statement says it was proved “beyond any doubt” that the two-handled cup painted with ancient runners was the one given to Spiros Louis, the Greek marathon victor in 1896.
Following correspondence with Greek officials, the university agreed to return the cup, which was part of a private German collection it had bought in 1986.
The vessel was presented at a ceremony Wednesday at the National Archaeological Museum in Athens.