Joint Ice Hockey Team to Face Sweden After Loss to Switzerland

  • By Kang Ho-chul

    February 12, 2018 10:35

    Korea lost to Switzerland 8-0 in its first match at the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang on Saturday.

    Ranked sixth in the world, Switzerland outclassed the inter-Korean team, which included three North Koreans.

    The gap between the teams was evident as Switzerland outshot Korea 52 to 8. Forward Alina Müller scored three goals in the first period alone.

    Swiss ice hockey players react after scoring a goal against the unified Korean team in Gangneung, Gangwon Province on Saturday. /Yonhap

    South Korean President Moon Jae-in, North Korea's ceremonial head of state Kim Yong-nam, the North Korean leader's sister, Kim Yo-jong, and International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach watched the match together.

    President Moon Jae-in (second from left in a third row) applauds while watching the unified Korean team's ice hockey match against Switzerland in Gangneung, Gangwon Province on Saturday. Next to Moon are the International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach, North Korea's ceremonial head of state Kim Yong-nam, and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's sister Kim Yo-jong. /Yonhap

    "I think they were nervous, coming out in front of such a big crowd and the first game on the Olympic stage," coach Sarah Murray said after the match.

    Korea faces another ice hockey powerhouse, Sweden on Monday.

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