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The figure skaters Ryom Tae-ok (left) and Kim Ju-sik of North Korea train ahead of a competition in Oberstdorf, Germany, on Sept 27, 2017. The pair finished 15th at the 2017 world championships and are seeking to become the first North Koreans to qualify for the 2018 Winter Olympics in February in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
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PHOTO: NYTIMES