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North And South Korea Walked As A Unified Korea At The Olympic Opening Ceremony

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Earlier today, the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, Korea, kicked off. One of the most unforgettable moments of the entire ceremony? When athletes from North and South Korea marched into the stadium under one unified flag.

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As soon as the team entered, the crowd in the stadium let up a resounding roar.

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Honestly, it felt momentous and powerful.

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Leaders from both countries stood, applauded, and shook hands.

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The unified flag was carried by North Korean hockey player Hwang Chung Gum and South Korean bobsledder Won Yun-jong.

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This isn't the first time that Korean athletes have walked into the Olympic stadium under a unified flag. They also walked in together during the 2000 Summer Games in Sydney, Australia; the 2004 Summer Games in Athens, Greece; and at the 2006 Winter Games in Turin, Italy.

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But! This is the first time players from both countries will compete on a united team. The Korean unified women's ice hockey team is made up of players from both North and South Korean athletes. Two members of the team actually jointly carried the Olympic torch in the stadium.

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Later, IOC President Thomas Bach spoke of how inspiring the unified team's message was.

"This is how you show that in sport we are all equal. This is how you show the unique power of sport to unite people," he said. "A great example of this unifying power is the joint march here tonight of the two teams from the National Olympic Committees of the Republic of Korea and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. We thank you."
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"This is how you show that in sport we are all equal. This is how you show the unique power of sport to unite people," he said. "A great example of this unifying power is the joint march here tonight of the two teams from the National Olympic Committees of the Republic of Korea and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. We thank you."

The show of unification through sport had a lot of people in their feelings.

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And many agreed:

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