Joint Koreas hockey team ends historic Olympic run
North Korea's Kim Un Hyang (4), and South Korea's Park Ye-eun (11), of the combined Koreas team, play against Sweden at the 2018 Winter Olympics, on Feb. 20, 2018. (Frank Franklin II / AP)
The Associated Press
Published Tuesday, February 20, 2018 7:25AM EST
GANGNEUNG, Korea, Republic Of -- The Korean women's hockey team has ended its historic Olympic run with a fifth straight loss, with thousands of fans shouting "We are one" and waving a "unification flag."
Team Korea, which included players from both North and South Korea, was defeated by Sweden 6-1 to cap a 0-5 run in the Pyeongchang Games on Tuesday.
South Korean player Kim Heewon wiped away tears as she and teammates waved to cheering fans. Canadian coach Sarah Murray also shed tears when she hugged players. Some spectators also wept.
The team was formed about two weeks before the Pyeongchang Games began during an eleventh-hour push by the Koreas to improve ties. It was the Koreas' first joing Olympic squad.
The team's formation raised hopes that Olympics-related warming gestures might help nuclear tensions.