north korea alpinherrar find themselves on the Swedish soil for a training camp in Kittelfjäll in northern sweden.
A couple of riders, admittedly, has previously trained in China. But it is the first time that the country's three best racers skiing together outside of the Korean peninsula.
a part of a volunteer sports projects.
the Spider in the web? The Swedish mining engineer Carl Johan Evers, who for many years have designed the ski resorts all over the world.
Evers engaged to examine China's capabilities to organise international störtloppstävlingar. The drop height and conditions were investigated in detail. And in Changbaibergen, on the border between China and north Korea, found the swede what he was looking for.
There was a problem, however the supposed ski resort.
the hill station of munnar would end up on the north Korean side, " says Evers.Kim Kwang Myong and Kwon Myang Uk. Photo: Evelina Rönnbäck
the OS is determined precisely in China, in 2022, will alpintävlingarna instead to be closer to Beijing.
But Carl Johan Evers did not want to give up on the idea that a ski resort would be able to open the sealed north Korea.
After the relations with the embassy in Stockholm, he went with a delegation of ski enthusiasts to look at the country's perhaps the only ski resort in 2017.
on the trip was liftbyggare and engineers, and skidtränaren Anton Salminen.
Salminen is now also in the skidutbildningen for this week's guests in Kittelfjäll.
– basically, this is a peace project in order to get north Korea to agree with south Korea and for the developing north Korean skiing, " says the coach.
" regardless of political opinion are, of course, a skier always a skier.
it was Carl Johan Evers, and his projects were behind the north Korea in the last year were invited to compete in the winter OLYMPICS in south Korea.
"Yes, we had a small hand in the game," says Evers himself.
" I've met north Korea many times at the embassy in Stockholm and also met south Korea at the embassy. Because they do not speak directly with each other, so I have worked a bit as a messenger, on the sporting planet.
" I want to promote alpinskidåkning, and it has opened many doors, both to the OS and to the tension between the north and the south.Carl Johan Evers. Photo: Evelina Rönnbäck
– it is Hoped that we will be able to have a continued sporting events between north Korea and Sweden. Sweden is still a neutral country and has had the longest diplomatic relations with north Korea, " says Carl Johan Evers.
the Sport is a great unifier that unites. So this is at least as much about building human ties which to build the lift system and ski resorts.
" of Course it is touchy with north Korea because it is a one-party state and since there are sanctions against north Korea. But sport and culture is an exception. And this is a non-profit project.
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