Joint Koreas hockey team ends historic Olympic run

first_imgSouth Korea’s Jo Su Sie 16), of the combined Koreas team, hugs South Korea’s goalie Han Dohee (20), of the combined Koreas team, after the classification round of the women’s hockey game against Sweden at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea, Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018. Sweden won 6-1. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)GANGNEUNG, South Korea — They cheered. They cried. They hugged. They watched as fans by the thousands shouted, “We are one.” Unification flags for the two Koreas, longtime rivals and sometimes bitter enemies, flapped across the Olympic arena.And now they go back home, quite possibly never to see each other again.ADVERTISEMENT Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ LATEST STORIES The team was formed just days before the Pyeongchang Games began during an eleventh-hour push by the two Koreas to improve ties after a year of spiking nuclear tensions that triggered fears of a war on the Korean Peninsula.The team’s makeup was a key part of agreements the Koreas struck to cooperate in the Olympics, which eventually provided a breather from a nuclear standoff involving the North, the South and the United States.Despite initial worries about their teamwork, North and South Korean players were seen getting along with each other. There were many small moments of warm relations that seemed to improve as the games went on.During Tuesday’s classification round game against Sweden, the Korean team played with newfound pace and more confidence against a team they were earlier routed by 8-0 in a preliminary-round match. On Sunday, they lost 2-0 to Switzerland, which beat them 8-0 in their landmark debut match. The Korean team lost 4-1 to Japan its final preliminary-round match.The Koreas’ improving performances were likely because players gradually got over nervousness and pressures from the spotlight.Every minor interaction between North and South Korean players was in the news because it was so extraordinary. They took selfies, visited a beach and created a dictionary to overcome the North-South dialect divide.“We have really enjoyed working with the North’s players and coaches and we really do want to help them in the future,” Murray said. She said a possible “exchange game” has been discussed to maintain the connection.“They want to get better, they want to keep learning from us and we want to help them,” she said. “And there are things that we can learn from them, too.”The team’s formation raised hopes that Olympics-related warming gestures could transcend beyond sports and contribute to easing nuclear tensions.But it is unclear if the good mood will last after the Olympics end, particularly since Seoul and Washington are set to kick off delayed springtime military drills that Pyongyang views as a rehearsal for invasion. Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award The Korean women’s hockey team, which included players from both North and South, ended its historic Olympic run on Tuesday with a fifth straight loss but a host of unforgettable feel-good sparks.Team Korea was defeated by Sweden 6-1 in a seventh-place match in the Pyeongchang Games on Tuesday, a healthy crowd again on hand to cheer them on.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkThe team lost by a combined score of 28-2 in its games and was rarely competitive. Yet the repeated defeats were, for many, insignificant. Instead, this notion dominated discussion: the significance of the Koreas’ first-ever joint Olympic squad taking the ice smack in the middle of an abrupt, now ongoing reconciliation between the rival Koreas.“They are an amazing group,” said the team’s Canadian coach, Sarah Murray, who wept while hugging some of her squad. Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kingscenter_img View comments D-League: Che-Lu-San Sebastian whips Go for Gold for back-to-back wins UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano “I could have never imagined our players being this competitive in the Olympics,” Murray said after the game. “So when I was standing there I was just so proud of them, just watching them skate around and salute the fans.”South Korean forward Kim Heewon wiped away tears as she and teammates waved to cheering fans during a standing ovation. Some spectators wept as Korean players — North and South — stood in a circle at the center of the rink and hit the ice with their sticks in a post-game ceremony before leaving the rink.“It’s been a special opportunity to get to know those girls, and we’ll miss having them around,” said player Randi Heesoo Griffin of Cary, North Carolina, whose mother is South Korean.The two governments bar their citizens from visiting each other’s country and exchanging phone calls, letters and emails. Griffin said she understood that when it came to staying in touch, “there’s some barriers to that, obviously.”“I mean, none of them have Facebook, so might be hard,” Griffin said. “But there were definitely bonds that were formed. And I think if we end up playing against each other again, South Korea vs. North Korea, there’s definitely going to be some hugs and some smiles.”ADVERTISEMENT Joo Moon-sook, a 43-year-old who attended the game Tuesday with her husband and 12-year-old daughter, said the joint team’s Olympic appearance has helped soften South Koreans’ hawkish views on North Korean people after years of animosity.“It’s an educational experience for children, letting them see for themselves that North Koreans aren’t scary and bad people, but part of who we are as a nation,” Joo said. “I can’t forget the first game — the moment they stepped onto the ice. I was choking with tears.”For South Korean goalie Shin So Jung, the opportunity to experience such a moment from the inside — and appreciate it while it was happening — was unforgettable.“Our win-loss record isn’t good, but I hope we brought them joy and heartfelt moments,” Shin said. “I don’t think I will experience anything like this again. So many people came here to see us and cheer for us. I hope their love for us lasts.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi Citylast_img read more

State funds for freeway work fall short

first_imgJustifying the commission’s recommendations, the report stated the estimated construction date of the San Gabriel Valley projects – 2011 – was relatively late compared to other candidate projects. But the work on the 605-10 interchange is 20 years overdue, and congestion there is leading to increased traffic and pedestrian accidents on Baldwin Park’s streets, Councilwoman Marlen Garcia said. An average of 438,000 vehicles use the 605/10 interchange daily, making it the 19th busiest in the state, according to Caltrans statistics. “Our fight is not going to stop, and we will continue to lobby and meet with the people we need to meet to get this funded,” said Garcia, who leads an interchange task force composed of at least eight cities along the 10 corridor. “The traffic is not going to go away.” She said she will join Mayor Manuel Lozano and council members Anthony Bejarano and Ricardo Pacheco on a lobbying trip to Sacramento on Tuesday to ask the Transportation Commission to reinstate funding for the project. “If not, we want them to assure us that this project will be funded in the near future,” she said. “But for us, even the near future is too far away.” [email protected] (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2306 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! An upgrade to the congested San Bernardino (10) and San Gabriel River (605) freeway interchange will not receive funding until at least 2008, according to a draft report released Friday by the agency tasked with allocating state transportation money. Staffers for the California Transportation Commission are recommending approval of less than a quarter of the total $435.5 million in freeway improvements being sought for the San Gabriel Valley. Among the projects being rejected for funding are a $70.5 million flyover connector between the southbound 605 and the eastbound 10 and a $191.5 million extension of the 10 Freeway carpool lane between Citrus Avenue in West Covina and the Orange (57) Freeway. The first phase of the carpool-lane extension, from Puente Avenue in Baldwin Park to Citrus, will get a little more than half of the $173.5 million total cost of the project, according to the report. The report also left open the possibility that the second phase could be funded in 2008. The report’s recommendations, which will be debated by the commission on Tuesday, will be used as a basis to allocate a total of $2.8 billion for statewide freeway projects, part of the $20 billion transportation bond approved by California voters last November. Local officials said Friday the state’s recommendations shortchange not just the San Gabriel Valley but all of Los Angeles County, the most populous in the state. “There’s not much good news there,” said Duarte Councilman John Fasana, chairman of the transportation committee of the San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments, a local municipal lobbying group. A COG analysis of the state’s funding recommendations shows Los Angeles County received 11.8 percent of the total freeway funds available, despite comprising nearly 28 percent of the state’s population. Orange County, with 8.3 percent of the population, got 13 percent of the funding. Fasana noted that even Los Angeles’ politically powerful Westside came out on the losing end of the recommendations, with the state rejecting a bid for $730 million to add an extra carpool lane on the busy San Diego (405) Freeway between the 10 and the Ventura (101) Freeway. “Even the projects they recommend are only partially funded, leaving significant shortfalls,” Fasana said. last_img read more