Korean selfie captures the Olympic spirit

Rio de Janeiro: It belies the bitter feud between their home nations and displays a rare inter-Korean friendship. A photo of two gymnasts from the twin daggers-drawn nations posing for a selfie is being touted as one that defines the spirit of the Olympics.

Gymnasts Lee Eun-ju of South Korea and Hong Un-Jong of North Korea’s act of posing for a charming selfie has gone viral across the globe — and is turning out to be one of the most iconic moments of the Rio Games.

Competing in the same session, the duo was caught by photographers taking the selfie together. The 17-year-old Lee is seen holding her phone and smiling as 27-year-old Hong leans in for the photo with a broad smile.

American political scientist Ian Bremmer posted the picture on twitter saying: “This is why we do the Olympics.”

The photo has been shared across social networking sites, with people hailing the duo for upholding the spirit of the Games — unity.