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These Gymnasts From North And South Korea Took A Selfie Together At The Olympics

The games are bringing people together.

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Two gymnasts are showing the healing power of sports by posing for a selfie during the 2016 Rio Olympics.

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North Korea's Hong Un Jong, left, poses with Lee Eun-ju of South Korea.

The simple photo at a women's training session is poignant because gymnast Lee Eun-ju is from South Korea and her competitor, Hong Un Jong, is from North Korea.

The two Koreas have technically remained at war for decades, although a post–World War II armistice has kept an uneasy peace along a heavily fortified border. It has also for the most part kept the two populations separated.

Lee, 17, is competing in her first Olympics, according to CNN.

Hong is a veteran gymnast who won her country's first-ever gymnastics medal at the 2008 Beijing Games, taking home the gold in the vault event.

People said the photo was a great example of the unity the Olympic Games can bring...

So you want to tell your students what sport and #olympics can achieve....try this..... https://t.co/0Kz1RSx29M

...and called it "pretty cool."

This is pretty cool #OlympicGames https://t.co/YoErnfc0SL

"This is why we do the Olympics."

Awesome. RT @ianbremmer: Gymnasts from North & South Korea take a selfie together. This is why we do the Olympics.

Stephanie McNeal is a social news editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.

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