In a Winter Olympics opening ceremony filled with so much symbolism, many may have missed the biggest moment of the entire show 鈥 the symbolic dual torchbearers from North and South Korea sharing the honor together. Park Jong-ah of South Korea and Jong Su-Hyon of North Korea shared the honor of handing the torch to Korean Olympic hero Kim, Yuna. Their story is one that many in Korea hope for: unification of the north and south nearly 70 years after war divided the country.

The two hockey players are the most decorated on the unified Korean women鈥檚 hockey team, with Park as the team captain and Jong being the highest scoring North Korean player in recent memory. Their co-handling of the torch, and their symbolic moment with Korean idol Kim was one of the most exciting moments for many in Korea and abroad.

Since the end of the Korean War in 1953, the Democratic People鈥檚 Republic of Korea (DPRK or North Korea) and the Republic of Korea (ROK or South Korea) have been in a tense back-and-forth. The US military has set up semi-permanent shop in the south, and with rising international tensions, specifically between the Korean leader, Kim Jong-Un and President Donald Trump, the nations are a hotbed of action these days.

During the opening ceremony, VP Mike Pence was in attendance, and seated behind him was North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un鈥檚 sister, who many consider the 鈥淚vanka鈥 of the DPRK, the symbolism of which was something that wasn鈥檛 lost on many.

While political tensions seem to be on the rise more than ever before, it鈥檚 the athletes who are sharing their time in the spotlight to help pave the way to better communication, and, in the hopes of many Koreans, eventual reunification.

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