Call it a small selfie for world peace. A photo of gymnasts from North Korea and South Korea posing together at the Rio Olympics, coming together despite their countries’ long, tense and adversarial history, has provoked an outpouring of hope on the internet. According to The New York Times, Lee Eun-ju of South Korea approached Hong Un-jong of North Korea during a training session ahead of the Olympics and snapped a photo of the pair on her phone as journalists took photos of the encounter.
Gymnasts from North & South Korea take a selfie together. This is why we do the Olympics. pic.twitter.com/Id44OuehN3
— ian bremmer (@ianbremmer) August 5, 2016
With my parents born in what is now called North Korea, this Olympic selfie gives me hope of a future reunification. pic.twitter.com/2J1LBhYqWS
— Eugene Cho (@EugeneCho) August 9, 2016
While Lee Eun-ju did not advance to the finals in the Olympics, she is being hailed in her home country as an “Olympic icon” for snapping the selfie seen ‘round the world.
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