For North Korean Skaters, the Short Program Is Part of a Bigger Plan

There has been hope for a political thaw on this divided peninsula with a combined Korean team at the opening ceremony and in women’s hockey.

The aim for Ryom and Kim is to finish in the top 16 among 22 pairs in the short program, enabling them to participate in the long program on Thursday. They are the only two of 22 North Korean athletes to have qualified for these Games by merit instead of wild-card entry.

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