Paul Myerberg

 |  USA TODAY Sports

PYEONCHANG, South Korea – There are any number of ways for visiting Americans at the Winter Games to show their patriotism, from hats, flags, jerseys, face paint and, for a pair of Denver natives on an extended honeymoon, a homemade sign.

Anyone familiar with 1980s comedy classics will recognize the face and message on the sign brought to the men’s halfpipe final by the husband-and-wife team of Josh Becker and Sarah Hughes:

“Team USA,” it read, the U-S-A colored in red, white and blue. “Eriq La Salle says: Let your Seoul Glo,” the final two words written in script.

OK, so Eriq La Salle is an actor most famous for his role on the NBC series ER. Before that, however, he was the slimy, conniving Darryl Jenks, heir to the Soul Glo fortune, in the 1988 Eddie Murphy hit Coming to America.

So the sign works on a few levels – for straight laughs, as anyone who has watched the movie dozens of times on Sunday afternoons, and as a play on words.

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The Denver natives are here on the fourth leg of their long honeymoon, which began with a small wedding accompanied by parents and siblings in their home city. Then to Indianapolis, where Hughes is from; then to Chicago, where Becker is from; and then to Washington, D.C., where Hughes once worked.

 

“This is the international leg of the wedding tour,” Becker said.

Added Hughes, “We actually had our tickers booked before (their wedding). We’re slightly reserving the right in case we want to have another honeymoon.”

 

Surrounded by American friends who live and work in Seoul, including a former friend of Becker’s from the Peace Corps, the couple is dressed in full-length USA onesies, albeit with boots over the top of the normal footies.

“It’s been incredible,” Becker said of their time in Pyeonchang, which began on Feb. 10 and will continue through the 25th. “We’ve just been talking about if this had happened in the U.S., it would be so different. The Koreans have been so super welcoming.”

 

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