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Exclusive: U.S. IOC member suggests joint Korean team for Nobel Peace Prize

From Reuters - February 11, 2018

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (Reuters) - A senior American member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) called on Sunday for North and South Koreas joint womens ice hockey team to be nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.

Angela Ruggiero, a four-times ice hockey world champion and Olympic gold medalist, told Reuters she would ask others to nominate the team, which included 12 players from North Korea which is still technically at war with the South.

It was the first time an inter-Korean team had competed at an Olympic Games.

I would love the team to get the Nobel Peace Prize, Ruggiero, a member of the IOCs executive board said a day after the unified Korean team competed at the Pyeongchang Olympics.

Seriously, the team. Something that is recognizing the sacrifice they made to adjusting their competitions, she said.

South Korea suggested the formation of a joint team as part of its efforts to use the Games to re-engage with the North and pave the way for talks over the Norths weapons program.

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