(Pyeongchang Games) Koreas march to Arirang bearing one flag

Sports | 9 Feb 2018 8:50 pm

South and North Korean athletes marched together under a single flag at the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics today in one of the most visible signs of thawing ties.

Tens of thousands of spectators cheered as over 100 select athletes and officials of the two Koreas entered the pentagon-shaped PyeongChang Olympic Stadium. The jubilant Olympic contenders, wearing matching uniforms, joined hands and waved to the crowd as they walked behind the Korean Unification Flag with the image of a blue Korean Peninsula.

The joint flagbearers were South Korean male bobsledder, Won Yun Jong, and North Korean female hockey player, Hwang Chung-gum.

They paraded to "Arirang," an iconic traditional folk number popular in both Koreas, instead of national anthems. The song was arranged with an eletronic-dance flavor, the state news agency Yonhap said.

It was the fourth joint Korean march at the Olympics, and the first since Torino 2006. The two Koreas held 10 joint marches at opening events for international sporting events.

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