Lightning Strikes as U.S. Women’s Team Wins

For the United States Women’s World Cup team, their victory over the North Korean team on Tuesday was no small feat. In fact, through the first half, the discipline and posture of the youngest team in the whole tournament gave the U.S. Women a scare. Eventually, though, the United States teams was able to pull off a 2-0 victory. But what’s most newsworthy here is not that the U.S. team won, but how the North Korean women, and their coach, are explaining their loss.

Unlike other coaches that might site the team’s youth and inexperience, or even falling back on their secretive nature and lack of access to video of the teams they are facing, North Korean manager Kwang Min Kim explained that the team was simply struck by lightning. Wait….what?

Yep, that’s right. Not only is the team from the covert communist nation not stunned by the defeat, but they are stunning the national sports medias of many coverages by claiming that they are the only team in the tournament that has been struck by lightning.

While deciding to stay and train in Pyongyang, the country’s capital, the coach maintains that up to at least 5 of the players, including the starting goaltender were actually struck by lightning and came to Germany later than the rest of the team. The players are even claiming that they were hospitalized up until just before leaving for the World Cup victory, thus causing the loss to the United States. Of course, it couldn’t have been that the U.S. proved to be the more talented and poised team in the long run.

What’s even better is that when asked about the issue, and why the players even chose to come and compete, Kim said that it wasn’t an issue. “World Cup football is the most important and significant event for a footballer, so they don’t want to think about anything but football, Kim stated after the game. “The fact that they played could be called abnormal, the result of very strong will.” Riiiight.

Anyway, the win was important for the United States, who have their work cut out for them as they look to knock off the two-time defending champs Germany in their own county. Best of luck ladies, we’ll pulling for you back home.

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Posted on June 30, 2011, in Sports. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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