South Korea's 'Garlic Girls' enjoy the sweet smell of Olympic success

3/22/2018 9:26:00 AM

Tehran(KNA) - It's hard to imagine how a teacher's chalkboard and four simple words 12 years ago could bring together a team of South Korean curlers that went on to win an unprecedented Olympic silver medal, achieving cult hero status along the way.

Olympics had even been awarded to South Korea --- the country's first curling center was built in a tiny village named Uiseong in a region better known for its agriculture than its athletes.

Uiseong's major export, like the curling team, bears a reputation for its pungent nature, and so came about the team's rock star label: the "Garlic Girls."Kim Eun-jung was the curling center's first recruit, just 16 years old at the time, closely followed by her friend Kim Yeong-mi, who also brought along her younger sister.

Source: CNN

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