The much-awaited Olympic debut of Korean women’s ice hockey team took place on Saturday night.
The team, which is the first in Olympic history to have athletes from both Koreas, lost 8-0 to Switzerland.
Here is what’s being talked about the historic match on social media, including the North Korean cheerleaders, South Korean President Moon Jae-in, among others.
“Hats off to her”
According to a tweet by the International Ice Hockey Federation, Florence Schelling, who is the goaltender for the Switzerland women’s hockey team, gave a shout out to her South Korean counterpart Shin So-jung for making 44 saves on 52 shots.
In an interview with a local media outlet after the match, Shin said she was too nervous and she should’ve done better.
— Joseph Kim (@josungkim) 2018년 2월 10일
On top of the athletes, much attention was given to some 200 cheerleaders from North Korea, who ceaselessly showed support throughout the game, showing off their synchronized moves.
According to those who were at the venue to witness the scene, the North Korean cheerleaders did not stop chanting – “We are one! We are one!” -- in spite of the Korean team’s 8-0 loss to Switzerland.
South Korean rappers are singing “Uptown Funk” at half time and the cheerleaders are doing their own thing singing about unification. Bit of a bizarre mashup. I’m also sitting in the middle of all of it. pic.twitter.com/zPdBx5H1OF— James Pearson (@pearswick) 2018년 2월 10일
Some noticed that while the cheerleaders from North Korea, all dressed in their red uniform, were singing about unification, South Korean rappers were singing “Uptown Funk” by Bruno Mars.
South Korean and Swiss Presidents on Twitter
Ahead of the iconic match between Korea’s unified women’s ice hockey team and Switzerland, South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in thanked Switzerland’s President Alain Berset for his dedication toward creating a peaceful Olympics via Twitter.
“Extending heartfelt thanks to President Berset. Let’s cheer together as the unified Korean team and Switzerland meet at at women’s ice hockey,” Moon wrote on Twitter. The tweet has been retweeted over 1,400 times.
The remarks came in response to a previous tweet from Switzerland President Berset, who had tweeted about his one-on-one meeting with South Korean president on Feb. 8.
During the bilateral talks held last week, Moon asked for Switzerland’s support in ensuring that the PyeongChang Winter Olympics can promote peace in line with its founding spirit.
“Thoughtful exchange with President Moon on bilateral relations and ways to promote sustainable peace on the Korean Peninsula,” Berset had tweeted.
By Claire Lee and Sohn Ji-young (firstname.lastname@example.org) (email@example.com)