Athletes from the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea arrive in the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Village
The remaining athletes representing the National Olympic Committee (NOC) of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (PRK) at the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 entered the Gangneung Olympic Village today. The PRK team arrived on a charter flight, which landed at Yang Yang Airport in the Games’ host Province of Gangwon. From there, they went directly to the Gangneung Olympic Village, where they will stay during the Games.
The PRK team that arrived today includes two figure skaters, Tae-ok Ryom and Ju-sik Kim; two short track skaters, Kwang-bom Jong and Un-song Choe; three cross country skiers, Chun-gyong Han, Il-chol Pak and Yong-gum Ri; and three Alpine skiers Myong-gwang Choe, Song-il Kang and Ryon-hyang Kim.
This follows the arrival last week of the 12 players and 1 official who will participate in the Olympic ice hockey tournament as part of a first ever unified Korean women’s ice hockey team.
The two Koreas will march together at the Opening Ceremony of the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 led by a male and female flagbearer, who will be carrying the Korean Unification Flag.
The Olympic Games show us what the world could look like, if we were all guided by the Olympic spirit of respect and understanding.Thomas Bach IOC President
The participation of the PRK, the creation of the joint ice hockey team, and the joint march at the Opening Ceremony were announced on 20 January 2018 at the International Olympic Committee’s headquarters following a meeting between the IOC and delegations from the PRK, the NOC of the Republic of Korea and the PyeongChang 2018 Organising Committee. This was followed by the signing of the “Olympic Korean Peninsula Declaration”.
Speaking at the time, IOC President Thomas Bach said: “The Olympic spirit is about respect, dialogue and understanding. The Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 are hopefully opening the door to a brighter future on the Korean peninsula, and inviting the world to join in a celebration of hope.”
He went on to say: “The Olympic Games show us what the world could look like, if we were all guided by the Olympic spirit of respect and understanding. This is the Olympic message that will go from PyeongChang to the world.”