Koreas Divided for Vancouver Opening Ceremony

The 46 South Koreans and 2 North Koreans attending the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver will not march together in tomorrow’s opening ceremony.

The International Olympic Committee confirmed on Wednesday that the two countries had failed to reach an agreement to enter the stadium under one flag.

The two marched as one at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, again in Athens in 2004, and again at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, but failed to reach an agreement in time for the Summer Olympics in Beijing, 2008.

Even when the two nations march under one flag, they compete separately.

North Korea has sent one man and one woman to this year’s Vancouver Olympics; one speed skater, and one figure skater.

The figure skater is Ri Song Chol, a 23-year old, four time North Korean national champion from Pyongyang. The speed skater, competing in the 500 and 1000m, is 24-year old Ko Hyon Suk.

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