Monday, February 26, 2018

Media Appearance: "South Korea's Garlic Girls Conquer the Winter Olympics" on Financial Times

It has been an exciting Winter Olympics! Here's my contribution about one of the greatest sensations of the Pyeongchang Games: the South Korean women's curling team, which ended up winning the silver medal.
Even more surprising is that the athletes do not hail from one of South Korea’s global metropolises such as Seoul or Busan. The women’s team, as well as 14 out of the 15 South Korean representatives in Olympic curling, come from the tiny rural town of Uiseong, in Gyeongsangbuk-do Province, which, as the garlic growing hub of the country, sparked the athletes’ nickname. Uiseong’s success in becoming the curling capital of South Korea is a reflection of the country’s own rise from poverty — a triumph of the free market, combined with the right amount of government leadership and the people’s commitment to an overarching vision.

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