As athletes struggle, Kim Jong Un dreams of Olympic glory

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — Kim Jong Un wants to turn his country into an international sports power — think East Germany in the 1970s and 80s.

The North Korean leader is pouring resources into training and infrastructure, athletes are getting more recognition than ever and the country now even has an all-sports television channel, though it’s not clear how many citizens are able to actually watch it.

But while Kim’s decision to send a team to Pyeongchang made a political splash, North Korea’s athletes have battled for dead last in most of their competitions. It appears Kim’s country has a lot of work to do.

North Korea has participated in nine Winter Olympics, starting at Innsbruck in 1964.

It has won only two medals: a silver and a bronze, in speedskating and short-track speedskating.