November 01, 2005

Two Koreas to field one Olympic team: Next up: the United States and England

posted by graymatters to other at 12:26 PM - 7 comments

If it actually happens it will be quite an amazing development! I can foresee a lot of bickering though, over coaches, training sites, athlete selection,etc

posted by Bury Bonds at 03:26 PM on November 01

Next up: the United States and England Which would amount to what? Combining the soccer teams and England having athletes to cheer for in the other events?

posted by bigrobbieb at 05:34 PM on November 01

Which would amount to what? Combining the soccer teams and England having athletes to cheer for in the other events? I guess it escaped you, but graymatters' comment was tongue in cheek. The Olympics have had some struggle in the past with split nations, in cases where one or the other lays claim to the whole (famously, People's Republic of China and Taiwan). North and South Korea might have ended up in this pickle at one point, never did that I know of, and resolution of territorial disputes takes care of this. US and England? It's been over two hundred years before either lay claim to the other; apples and oranges. BTW, GB collected 30 medals in 12 different sports at the last Athens Olympics. Soccer/football was not one of them.

posted by lil_brown_bat at 09:59 PM on November 01

I guess it escaped you, but graymatters' comment was tongue in cheek. It is *just* possible that bigrobbieb's was as well, in the absence of the tongue-in-cheek emoticon.

posted by smithers at 10:08 PM on November 01

Selection policy will be interesting. Will the South ask for definitive proof of Kim Jong Il's sporting prowess before picking him in the decathlon, the triathlon, all the firld events, the track, swimming etc?

posted by owlhouse at 10:21 PM on November 01

Will the South ask for definitive proof of Kim Jong Il's sporting prowess before picking him in the decathlon, the triathlon, all the firld events, the track, swimming etc? To hell with all that, they just want him on the golf team.

posted by The_Black_Hand at 09:23 AM on November 02

This is what, the fifth time they've announced their plan to do that for whatever Olympics was coming up? Granted, they may have a better shot this time, but there's still no reason to believe it until we see it.

posted by spira at 09:39 AM on November 02

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