North Korean Olympic athletes return home to low-key welcome

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Posted: Aug 27, 2016 8:26 AM
North Korean Olympic athletes return home to low-key welcome

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — Members of North Korea's Olympic team have returned home, greeted by a small crowd of family and friends.

Vice Premier Ro Tu Chol and Vice Minister of Sport Kim Jong Su were also at Pyongyang's airport to welcome the team home from Rio on Saturday. But there was no motorcade and no crowds lining the streets — a common welcome in the past for North Korean athletes returning home after winning overseas competitions.

North Korea won seven medals in Rio: two golds in weightlifting and gymnastics, three silvers in weightlifting, and two bronzes in table tennis and shooting.

That's more medals — but less gold — than North Korea won at the previous Olympics in London. The North took home four golds and two bronzes at the 2012 games.