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Historic combined Korean women’s hockey team loses to Swiss in Olympic debut
nSouth Korea’s Eom Suyeon of the combined Korean team chases the puck against Tess Allemann (18) and Isabel Waidacher (24) of Switzerland during the first period of the preliminary round of the women’s hockey game at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea, Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018. 

South Korea’s Eom Suyeon of the combined Korean team chases the puck against Tess Allemann (18) and Isabel Waidacher (24) of Switzerland during the first period of the preliminary round of the women’s hockey game at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea, Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018. 

Scandinavians swept the women’s skiathlon, a 15-kilometer race that requires skiers to switch techniques midway, on Saturday afternoon. Sweden’s Charlotte Kalla took home the gold, followed by Norway’s Marit Bjoergen, whose silver makes her the most decorated female Winter Olympian of all time, and Finland’s Krista Parmakoski. American Jessie Diggins, her signature glitter on her cheeks, finished in fifth place, 14.7 seconds behind Kalla. That’s the highest finish in history for an American woman in the sport. Diggins, a favorite to land the U.S. women’s first-ever Olympic medal in cross-country skiing, is scheduled to race again on Tuesday in the women’s individual sprint.

The Korean women’s hockey team, the first in Olympic history to combine players from North and South, lost 8-0 to Switzerland on Saturday night in its debut game in front of a raucous, sellout crowd on a historic night mixing sports and politics on an international stage.

Ireen Wust, left, just missed a third 3,000 Olympic gold, finishing .08 seconds behind Carlijn Achtereekte, center. EPA PhotoShort-track speedskatingThe home crowd’s favorite sport did not disappoint. With the North Korean cheer squad in full voice, South Korea dominated the night — even if it didn’t pan out the way they might have expected.
Historic combined Korean women's hockey team loses to Swiss in Olympic debut
Historic combined Korean women’s hockey team loses to Swiss in Olympic debut

The game came just 24 hours after an extraordinary opening ceremony a few miles away was marked by signs of unity between the two rivals. Like the ceremony, the game included dignitaries from North and South in close proximity.

The powerful sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, Kim Yo Jong, was watching with South Korean President Moon Jae-in, according to Moon’s office. They were joined by North Korea’s nominal head of state, Kim Yong Nam.

The two North Koreans are on a landmark visit to the South amid a flurry of abrupt reconciliation steps, and both attended the opening ceremony before having a luncheon with Moon at Moon’s presidential palace earlier Saturday. The North Koreans have invited Moon to visit Pyongyang in what would be the third inter-Korean summit talks since their 1945 division.

In the men’s 1,500-meter final, Hwang Dae-heon, who was heavily favored, crashed late in the race. His compatriot, 21-year-old Lim Hyo-jun, was already ahead, and held his nerve to seize gold, setting an Olympic record of 2:10.485. His victory marks South Korea’s 43rd medal in short-track — out of 54 total.
Olympic Speedskating Schedule 2018: Monday TV Start Time and Live Stream
Olympic Speedskating Schedule 2018: Monday TV Start Time and Live Stream

Fans roared every time a Korean got the puck on her stick and Han Soojin nearly put the team on the board with a shot from the left circle that hit the crossbar early in the first period. North Korean Jong Su Hyon had one of Korea’s three shots in the first.

Still, the Koreans were playing the world’s sixth-ranked team and trailed the Swiss 3-0 after the first period, with Alina Muller scoring all three goals. Coach Sarah Murray played three North Korean forwards as required in the deal creating the team; she had to scratch three of her South Korean players for the game.

The 28-year-old Dutchwoman had to start in the first part of the program among the also-rans. That is where a career marred by illness and injury had left her. Giving it another go for Pyeongchang, she contacted top coach Jac Orie more in hope than anything else, knowing his skills to mold Olympic champions.

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Immediately after the race, instead of packing up with yet another good but not outstanding race as she had done so often in her career, Achtereekte got a cuddle and was joking on the infield with her king, Willem-Alexander.

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Dozens of North Korean cheering group members dressed in red were at the Kwandong Hockey Center to root for the Korean team. Earlier, hundreds of spectators lined the streets outside, chanting and waving small "unification flags" amid gusting, chilly winds. One man held up a sign that read, "The peace of all mankind."

”I sat with my dad and he was totally crazy,” she said. ”He already acted as if I got gold and I had to tell him, ‘There are still three races to go.’ I needed to calm my father more that I had to calm myself.”

"We have to be unified (with North Korea). Politicians must let the Korean people meet and get together continuously," said Park Sung-uk, a 48-year-old office worker who attended the game with his family. "I just want the unified team to do well in these Olympics."

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Fielding the joint hockey team was one of the key agreements the Koreas have struck after several rounds of talks at the border on how to cooperate during the Olympics, which run through Feb. 25. Athletes from North and South paraded together during the ceremony in the same white parkas, marching under a single "unification flag" depicting an undivided peninsula to the tune of their shared traditional folk song "Arirang" instead of their respective anthems. It was their first joint march since 2007.

The Korean hockey team is not expected to win a medal; both Koreas are ranked out of the world’s top 20. But its debut against Switzerland, which won bronze in the 2014 Olympics, had historic significance and symbolized fledgling unity between the rivals split along the world’s most heavily fortified border.

The North initially had no athletes coming to the Olympics, but the International Olympic Committee allowed 22 as special entries. Twelve female hockey players joined the 23-person South Korean team.

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The players have been the subject of intense scrutiny and the team was thrown together only two weeks ago, with limited time to practice. Two players, one South Korean and the other North Korean, appeared on the opening ceremony and climbed stairs together with the Olympic torch that they handed to Olympic champion figure skater Yuna Kim.

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ICYMI: Another Dutch skating sweep, Jessie Diggins makes history
ICYMI: Another Dutch skating sweep, Jessie Diggins makes history

There was early criticism in South Korea that the new players would throw off team chemistry and cost South players time on the ice after working together for months to shine on the sport’s biggest stage. The team’s Canadian coach, Sarah Murray, initially expressed frustration over a team assembled so close to the Olympics, but she has recently said she is happy with her new players on a team she says now feels like family.

ICYMI: Another Dutch skating sweep, Jessie Diggins makes history
ICYMI: Another Dutch skating sweep, Jessie Diggins makes history

Combined Korean hockey team makes historic Olympic debut

"They are awesome. I really enjoy having them here," Murray told reporters after Friday’s training session. "We are excited for the tournament to get started."

In December 2017, the IOC announced Russia would be banned from competing in South Korea to penalise the country for its government-run doping scheme, which allowed Russia to cheat at the Sochi Winter Olympics and the Olympic Games in in 2016.
ICYMI: Another Dutch skating sweep, Jessie Diggins makes history
ICYMI: Another Dutch skating sweep, Jessie Diggins makes history

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The Koreas often use sports to find a breakthrough in their strained relations. The ongoing rapprochement mood flared after Kim Jong Un said in his New Year’s Day address that he was willing to send an Olympic delegation. Moon, a dove who wants to resolve the nuclear standoff diplomatically and peacefully, quickly responded to Kim’s outreach by offering talks.

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Many experts say Kim’s overture is intended to use improved ties with Seoul as a way to weaken U.S.-led international sanctions toughened after its series of big weapons tests last year that include its sixth and largest nuclear test explosion and three intercontinental ballistic missile launches. Warming ties between the Koreas could complicate Seoul’s ties with Washington, which wants to maximize its pressures on Pyongyang.

Switzerland’s Justin Murisier skis during the downhill portion of the men’s combined at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Jeongseon, South Korea, Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018.

Carlijn Achtereekte, Ireen Wust and Antoinette De Jong, of The Netherlands, scored the gold, silver and bronze medals in the women’s 3,000m speed skating event in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

Switzerland’s Justin Murisier skis during the downhill portion of the men’s combined at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Jeongseon, South Korea, Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018.

United States’ Ryan Cochran-Siegle loses control just before crashing during the downhill portion of the men’s combined at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Jeongseon, South Korea, Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018.

Many experts say Kim’s overture is intended to use improved ties with Seoul as a way to weaken U.S.-led international sanctions toughened after its series of big weapons tests last year that include its sixth and largest nuclear test explosion and three intercontinental ballistic missile launches. Warming ties between the Koreas could complicate Seoul’s ties with Washington, which wants to maximize its pressures on Pyongyang.

United States’ Ryan Cochran-Siegle loses control just before crashing during the downhill portion of the men’s combined at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Jeongseon, South Korea, Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018.

There was early criticism in South Korea that the new players would throw off team chemistry and cost South players time on the ice after working together for months to shine on the sport’s biggest stage. The team’s Canadian coach initially expressed frustration over a team assembled so close to the Olympics, but she has recently said she is happy with her new players on a team she says now feels like family.

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Fielding the joint hockey team was one of the key agreements reached after several rounds of talks on how to cooperate during the Olympics, which run through Feb. 25. Athletes from North and South paraded together during Friday night’s ceremony in the same white parkas, marching under a single “unification flag” depicting an undivided peninsula. It was their first joint march since 2007.

The third day of speedskating competition at the 2018 Winter Olympics could be an historic one.

The Koreas often use sports to find a breakthrough in their strained relations. The ongoing rapprochement mood flared after Kim Jong Un said in his New Year’s Day address that he was willing to send an Olympic delegation. Moon, a dove who wants to resolve the nuclear standoff diplomatically and peacefully, quickly responded to Kim’s outreach by offering talks.

Ireen Wust of the Netherlands has a chance to join elite company if she finishes in the top three of the women’s 1,500 meters.

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Wust, 31, won her ninth Olympic medal on Saturday in the 3,000 meters, which means she can join elite company with her 10th medal on Monday.

The decorated speedskater also has a chance to rewrite the Dutch Olympic record book, but as we witnessed on Saturday in the women’s 3,000 meters, an unexpected winner can emerge on the Olympic ice.

Wust kicked off her time in Pyeongchang with a silver medal in the women’s 3,000 meters, and she’s looking for more on Monday along with the rest of the Dutch team.

As talented as the Dutch squad may be, Wust will have all the attention on her as she searches for her 10th Olympic medal.

The 31-year-old won a remarkable five medals in Sochi, including gold in the 3,000 meters and team pursuit. She also won gold in the 1,500 meters in Vancouver and the 3,000 meters in Turin. In addition to her four golds, Wust has a collection of four silvers and a bronze.

If she takes first on Monday, Wust will become the first athlete from the Netherlands to win five gold medals.

Peter Dejong/Associated PressWust talked about her motivation entering the 1,500 meters following her silver-medal performance in the 3,000 meters, per Reuters’ Simon Jennings.

“My dream was to have four Olympics — Turin, Vancouver and Sochi I won gold, and to win gold again here in Pyeongchang but I have another chance on Monday. I‘m looking forward to that. I‘m always determined for gold but maybe now a little extra.”

Not only does Wust have a chance to make Dutch Olympic history on Monday, she also has a chance to become the sixth Winter Olympian to win 10 or more medals.

Japan’s Miho Takagi is trying to become the first gold medalist from outside the Netherlands in the 1,500 meters since 2006.

The Japanese skater is also aiming to be just the third non-Dutch medalist since 2010 after a medal sweep occurred four years ago.

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Takagi experienced success on the Olympic ice a year ago at the World Championships by finishing third in the 1,500 meters

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Robert Cianflone/Getty ImagesHer victory on the World Cup circuit in Salt Lake City on December 9 gave her confidence that she can go head-to-head with the Dutch women as she beat out Marrit Leenstra for first place.

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Monday marks Takagi’s second Olympic appearance, as she took 23rd in the 1,500 meters eight years ago in Vancouver.

However, she isn’t the only non-Dutch speed skater looking to capture gold on Monday, as Heather Bergsma of the United States is one of the top medal contenders.


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