[PyeongChang 2018] Veteran S. Korean cross-country skier bids adieu to Winter Games

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"We accepted that the decision can not be reversed, so we chose to focus on training without being wielded by something that is out of our control", she said.

But they were a crowd favourite and hailed as a potent symbol of the "Peace Olympics" in Pyeongchang.

"Maybe I'm biased, but one of the best rivalries in sports and especially in our game", said Canadian forward Emily Clark, who played college hockey at Wisconsin.

Yet the Americans have owned the world championships, winning the last four and eight of the last 10.

Through Tuesday's action, 67 percent of this year's medals have been awarded, meaning that the U.S.is technically on pace (based simply on how many they've won to this point this games) for about 18 medals total.

"As a player, it is true that I was taken aback at first", said the South's goalie Shin So-jung at a press conference Wednesday.

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But the sight of North and South Korean skaters on the ice together has touched many spectators, with an International Olympic Committee official even suggesting that the Korean team be nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.

The 10 Americans who lost the final in Sochi have left that game in the past.

Murray had to reshape her squad just weeks before the Games after the two Koreas agreed to field a combined team, taking 12 players from the North and incorporating them into the South's 23-player roster.

"We're in South Korea, and it's 2018 and you want a different result", USA coach Robb Stauber said. "You drop the puck, see what happens".

"Even the players that didn't get the chance to play in every game, they were still buying into the system, they were still being a great member of the team".

"I think coming together and showing the world that we can be unified through sport, hopefully that's a small step for something bigger".

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