Published: Wed, February 21, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Ice hockey: Korean women score again but bid farewell with fifth loss

"Probably one of the most hard things about having the unified team didn't have anything to do with actual players or with training, but had a lot to do with the fact that it just put a lot of attention on us, not just from South Korea, but from the world", Randi Heesoo Griffin said.

The U.S. and Canada are the only two countries to win an Olympic gold medal in women's ice hockey, first introduced a the 1998 games in Nagano. It is a symbol of peace and unity at the Olympic Games.

"This photo is a magnificent example of the power of sport diplomacy". Korea lost all five games, but the team still became a symbol of peace between the two Koreas and paved the way for potential reconciliation.

The Korea Joongang Daily carried on the front page of its Wednesday edition a picture of the team's players from both the North and South encouraging each other.

"I think we are improving because we have a goal we want to achieve together". It marked the first time the two had forged a joint team at any Olympics.

Yesterday, Fasel claimed to be hopeful that a unified team consisting of players from North and South Korea will appear again at the 2022 Winter Olympic Games in Beijing.

"When I was standing there I was just so proud of them just watching them skate around salute to fans there", Korean coach Sarah Murray said.

Any form of a North, South or unified Korean team will not qualify automatically in four years' time, but he is keen to consider a repeat.

Hwang Chung-gum of North Korea ran towards the South's Choi Ji-yeon for a big hug.

"When we had that match against Japan (a 4-1 loss) most of the Korean people remember only one goal".

The Koreans fell 6-1 to Sweden in a classification game after having previously been eliminated from medal contention, their squad of 23 players from the South and 12 from the North ending the tournament in eighth and last place.

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