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Do not Call Them ‘Garlic Girls’: South Korean Curlers Turn into Olympic Rock Stars GANGNEUNG, SOUTHERLY KOREA - Forget Lindsey Vonn and Adam Rippon. The real rock celebrities from the Pyeongchang Olympics are a simple group regarding Korean curlers that have got no idea they’ve turn into a international sensation. Many people are known as this “Garlic Girls, ” this Southern area Korean women’s curling group with the fairy-tale story whose name shows the regionally famous garlic cloves grown in their hometown. In no way considered a new medal competitor coming into Pyeongchang, these people have risen to Virtually no. one in the search positions, earning worldwide attention for their fierce ability in addition to funny people. Nevertheless the Garlic oil Girls are actually virtually totally sheltered from the global frenzy both simply by individual choice — many people changed off their phones during the games to block outdoor consideration — and simply by a safety coach who else is keenly aware that being different is as much the mental game as a actual physical one. South Korea's The reality star Seonyeong, left, sweeps ice-cubes with a teammate during their fit towards Russian athletes on the 2018 Winter Olympics throughout Gangneung, South Korea, Feb. 21, 2018. ? Famous and they no longer know it After some sort of recent match, the females were swiftly shuffled former waiting reporters, giving journalists apologetic smiles and hey there of “Anyonghaseyo! ” (hello) before vanishing. None regarding them, says coach Betty Min-jung, are informed that will they’ve become famous people. “I’m sorry that My spouse and i cannot bring the athletes these days, mainly because I’m worried right now there will be excessive tension and burden about them, ” Kim said. “Even typically 컬링 is too serious about them. ” That desire is understandable. The Garlic herb Girls seem tailor-made for stardom. The hugely qualified underdogs came into often the Olympics ranked eighth in the world and even went on to crush styling heavyweights including Canada in addition to Sweden. They are cute in addition to comical, referring for you to themselves by quirky nicknames for instance “Pancake” and “Steak. ” Two teammates will be sisters and all are generally longtime friends, creating irresistible chemistry around the ice. The team’s “skip, ” or even captain, has a steely look and way-out, owl-eyed glasses that have turn out to be hitch for endless Net memes. Screaming fans Numerous Koreans who have never observed a curling match include traveled to remote Gangneung in order to peek at his or her nation’s new darlings throughout person. “I’m very proud of them, ” stated Lee Ji Sunshine, some sort of 26-year-old who had in no way been inside a straightening world before Wednesday’s complement. “They are showing most of us can succeed even inside new sport occasions. ” Every match displaying the particular team is packed with screaming, flag-fluttering Koreans that step to their ft to joy on this women’s stunningly specific photographs. One fan inside crowd Wednesday waved what appeared to be a hand-drawn picture of skip Betty Eun-jung with her brand spectacles. Southwest Korea's women's curling group celebrate subsequent to beating Ukrainian athletes in the course of their match on the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea, Feb. 21 years of age, 2018. ? Late towards the video game of curling That being different has gained just about any importance in Korea will be amazing in itself. Korea did not even have a workforce in Olympic curling right until the 2014 Sochi Activities. It took Koreans awhile to wake up to be able to curling, largely because the particular land lacked sufficient amenities until recent years, Ellie Young, some sort of curling story who started this Korean Curling Club 23 years ago, explained by email. Nowadays, he or she says, Korea has half a dozen dedicated curling domains, and lots of schools have curling groups. In 2006, South Korea’s very first curling center seemed to be integrated the rural city of Uiseong. Four involving the five associates joined Uiseong Women’s School, wherever they were on often the school’s curling team. Uiseong’s track record as the nation’s default curling capital slowly but surely grew, plus the curling facility has published about 15 major domestic and worldwide curling events. Garlic in addition to those nicknames Nonetheless, right up until the women’s team started their surprise winning ability in Pyeongchang, Uiseong seemed to be better known for it is respected garlic cloves production. Koreans consider garlic cloves a overall health food that boosts stamina. Search engine optimization Eun Ha, some sort of 26-year-old Garlic oil Girls admirer, states garlic cloves may need contributed to the team’s success. (She also credits the women’s good teamwork and sturdy associations. ) Like quite a few lovers on Gangneung, Seo is very attached to of the curlers’ unusual nicknames: Sunny, Steak, Pancake, Annie (a brand associated with yogurt) and ChoCho (a style of cookie). “I assume their nicknames go good with their dynamic design, ” Seo mentioned. “I like ‘Steak’ one of the most. This sounds so funny and unique. ” The nicknames started as some sort of fun over breakfast one working day, claimed Kim, the discipline. The women were being talking about how hard it was first for some other countries’ runners to enunciate their own names at international contests. Most five team members and their coach also share the exact same surname — Kim, that is very common in Korea — making their titles even more confounding for foreign people. Kim Seon-yeong, who has been eating a sunny-side-up stir fried egg, joked that the lady could pass by the brand “Sunny. ” Another women loved the idea. They each opted to nickname on their own after the English words and phrases for his or her favorite breakfast food, figuring that would be easier for others to seize. Though the women’s group is getting the nearly all focus, Korean language fans have been proceeding wild for the men, as well. Immediately after Wednesday’s men’s fit, a participant from the Korean language team began throwing T-shirts into the crowd, which surged forward with outstretched arms. Kim Heae Darm, some sort of fan who leaped right up and managed in order to snag some sort of shirt going overhead, shoved it to her face and even cried with glee. Your woman in that case turned to capturing this consideration of Korean merged doubles player Lee Ki-jeong, who scrawled his autograph in her notebook. Because she struggled to find her breath, she defined her excitement by noting that Lee was solid, fitness and “very fine. ” As for this accomplishment with the women’s crew, Kim, this founder of the curling team, couldn’t be prouder. “They are usually heroes! ” he stated. Yet the Garlic Young ladies do have one obtain: Probably someone could come up with a nicer team name for all of them? “We would prefer this name ‘Team Kim, ’” Kim, the mentor, mentioned with a laugh. “Because although our hometown is definitely Uiseong — which is in connection with garlic — many of us have virtually no relationship with garlic at all. ”

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