Yu-Na Kim

Combined Korean hockey team loses to Swiss in Olympic debut

The moment was too important to be overshadowed by a loss.

No matter the final score.

The Korean women's hockey team, the first in Olympic history to combine players from North and South, was routed 8-0 by Switzerland on Saturday night in its debut game, outshot 52-8 in a matchup that could have been far worse if not for the goaltending of Shin So Jung.

The poor showing didn't stop the sellout crowd from cheering throughout much of the game, the chants led often by North Korea's famous cheering group, and it didn't lessen the import of the event.

"I think a unified one is stronger than two divided ones ... If North and South Korea will send unified teams...

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