‘Like the 1970s’: World mesmerised by North Korean cheerleaders

They outnumber the North’s athletes and captured global attention at Winter Olympics but a cultural chasm remains

When the women in matching red coats entered the Kwandong Hockey Centre in the South Korean city of Gangneung on Monday, the crowd erupted in a deafening scream.

Seemingly everyone in the audience took out their phones to snap a picture of the North Korean cheerleaders, who commanded more celebrity than the Olympic ice hockey teams the crowds had gathered to support.

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