The Associated Press GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — A lot can be contained in a single selfie. The possibilities for peace between two entire nations, even.
A selfie taken by smiling North and South Korean skaters and posted on Instagram illustrates yet another moment of reconciliation between the divided nations, whose decades-long animosities could easily erupt again after the Pyeongchang Olympics.
The South Korean pair of Kam Alex Kang Chan and Kim Kyu Eun shared the same ice with North Korea’s Kim Ju Sik and Ryom Tae Ok for the first time. Before training earlier this week, Kam and Kim used the same locker room and put on skates early so they had spare time together.
Then Kam, 22, proposed taking a selfie together. He called the 25-year-old Kim “hyeong,” a Korean term used to refer to an elder brother or friend.
“I said something like ‘Hey, Ju Sik hyeong, let’s take a photo together!’” Kam said after training Tuesday. “I posted that photo for fun ... and to mark the Olympics.”