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Kim Jong Un wants to turn his country into an international sports power – think East Germany in the 1970s and '80s.While Kim's decision to send a team to Pyeongchang made a political splash, North Korea's athletes have battled for dead last in most of their competitions.North Korea, meanwhile, has participated in nine Winter Olympics, starting at Innsbruck in 1964 .North Korea didn't even have a roster for Pyeongchang until last month. Only two of the 22 athletes that ended up coming to the Olympics had qualified in pre-Games' competitions. With few athletes prepared and ready when Kim Jong Un announced on New Year's Day that he wanted to send a delegation, the North instead dispatched more than 140 musicians, a demonstration taekwondo team, a 229-woman strong cheering squad and 21 journalists, though the Olympics have gotten virtually no coverage back home in the North.Even so, the North has made noteworthy strides in sports since Kim Jong Un assumed power in late 2011 .
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