Korea women's hockey team to make much-awaited Olympic debut

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(AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato). Canada's Meghan Agosta, left, chases the puck as goalie Ann-Reneeat Desbiens watches during the women's hockey practice ahead of the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea, Friday, Feb. 9, 2018. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato). Canada's Meghan Agosta, left, chases the puck as goalie Ann-Reneeat Desbiens watches during the women's hockey practice ahead of the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea, Friday, Feb. 9, 2018.
(AP Photo/Frank Franklin II). Members of the combined Koreas women's hockey team practice prior to the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea, Friday, Feb. 9, 2018. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II). Members of the combined Koreas women's hockey team practice prior to the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea, Friday, Feb. 9, 2018.
(AP Photo/Michael Probst). A speed skating figure is displayed in front of the Alpensia Ski Jumping Center ahead of the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Friday, Feb. 9, 2018. (AP Photo/Michael Probst). A speed skating figure is displayed in front of the Alpensia Ski Jumping Center ahead of the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Friday, Feb. 9, 2018.

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) - The first medals of the Pyeongchang Olympics will be awarded Saturday, but most attention will be focused on a preliminary round hockey match featuring the combined Korean women's hockey team.

The game against Switzerland is sold out and there are rumors that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's sister might attend. Fierce attention has been focused on the team since North Koreans were added to the roster just a few weeks ago.

The two Koreas have worked together to send a joint team to major international sports events only twice before. The U.S. and Finland women's hockey teams also play Saturday.

Medals are due to be awarded in women's biathlon and cross-country skiing, men's ski jumping, women's 3,000 meter speedskating and men's 1500 meter short-track speedskating.

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