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>> It may not have been a victory, but it was a moment of unity. The joint Korean women's hockey team faced off against Japan on Wednesday evening, marking their third time on an Olympic stage. Earlier in the week they had suffered eight to nothing losses to both Switzerland and Sweden.
On Wednesday it was a closer game for awhile. Japan had already scored two points when the crowd suddenly erupted in a deafening roar. The joint Korea team had scored its first Olympic goal ever. Reuters Korea Bureau Chief Soyoung Kim was there.>> This was no ordinary game for the two Koreas.
They were playing their arch rival, Japan, with which they shared a bitter history. The moment that the one team scored a goal, it was like, forget the politics. There was no North Korea, South Korea, it was just one team scoring a goal. And I was able to see how just everyone in the stadium just jumping up and down in pure joy, embracing one another.
And there was no social division or political controversy that we heard about all this time for the past three weeks. Whether that made a lasting impact, I'm not sure. We might have a long way to go. One of the South Korean players was asked if she would ever want to play a game with the North Koreans as one team in the future.
And she hesitated for a long time and declined to answer that question.>> Even Kim Jong-un was there to cheer on the joint team, or so it seemed. An impersonator of the North Korean leader was at the game waving to North Korean cheerleaders, some of whom could be seen chanting through stifled giggles.
In the end, the Korean team lost to Japan 4-1.