"It's head-hunting, bragging rights", Rustici was quoted as saying. The top six riders from each heat advance to the final.
As Switzerland demolished a unified Korean hockey team at the Pyeongchang winter Olympics on Saturday, despondent home fans at least had another contest to distract them - a clash of cultures featuring North and South Korean cheerleaders.
The mixed doubles curling round robin, which started before the opening ceremony, continues Saturday.
"It was so sudden that the Korean government put the North Korean players on the South Korean team", said Ahn Jae-myeong, 23, a hockey fan and student at Kwangwoon University in Seoul who came to see the game.
The Xbox One has only a small selection of winter sports titles, meaning that your options are currently limited. A major theme of the night was unity between North and South Korea.
- Ryan Kath (@ryankath) February 10, 2018Is there anyone at the Opening Ceremonies at the Olympics? The North Koreans left written messages in the Blue House's guest book.
The hardline U.S. policy is at odds with the more conciliatory approach towards the North favoured by South Korea.
It gives him "the rationale or the excuse to work on some moderation of the sanctions and possibly the scale and timing of the military exercises", said former South Korean Foreign Minister Han Seung-joo, in an interview.
A Twitter search for "empty seats Olympics" brings up dozens of posts from social media users disappointed in the turnout for the Opening Ceremonies.
"The whole world's watching". NBC plans to use the helicopters for shots of Pyeongchang and other outdoor events. But that's about all we can do - replay the overnight events the next day. Nobody likes losing, especially me. "All the meals are together", Murray said, in comments relayed by the Olympic Information Service. Concern over the possibility of a nuclear attack during these games waned once the North agreed to send a team here. "I think Kim Jong-un has betrayed South Korea so many times and we cannot guarantee what will happen after the Games".
Alex Hider is a writer for the E.W. Scripps National Desk.
The hockey players' task of blending cultures extends beyond the Korean Peninsula.
Some of the staggering numbers behind this year's games tells the story of an event that is constantly trying to outdo itself.
The lighting of the Olympics rings was a shining moment of the show. It was their first joint march since 2007.
It was an extremely rare move as the two nations remain technically at war after the 1950-53 Korean War ended in a cease-fire. The combined Korean team will make its debut against Switzerland.
The North initially had no athletes coming to the Olympics, but the International Olympic Committee allowed 22 as special entries.
Especially the North Korean cheerleaders. Security firm McAfee, meanwhile, has said it has detected a hacking campaign that appears to be targeting Olympics-affiliated organizations in South Korea.
Moon said the two countries should 'make it happen' and urged the North to restart negotiations with the U.S.
The Koreas often use sports to find a breakthrough in their strained relations. In a handwritten invitation, Kim invited South Korea President Moon Jae-in to Pyongyang.
Such a high-level meeting would have been unthinkable even a few months ago, but 2018 has seen an accelerated rapprochement between the two adversaries in the run-up to the Games.
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