Frigid opening to 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang

Frigid opening to 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang

Frigid opening to 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang

In an extraordinary moment that could hardly be fathomed one month ago, North and South Korea have entered the PyeongChang Olympic Stadium together.

According to the guidebook distributed to the media to explain the various elements of the Opening Ceremony, the bird figure symbolized a mythical South Korean phoenix that rises from the dead.

US speedskaters Shani Davis and Brian Hansen skipped the 2018 Winter Olympics opening ceremony amid a feud over who got to carry the American flag. Her selection as flag bearer caused a bit of controversy after fellow American athlete Shani Davis tweeted his criticism of the selection process.

Bach told Reuters in an interview on Monday he would make the visit on the North's invitation as part of an agreement between the International Olympic Committee and both North and South Korea.

Over the past 60 years or so, more than 31,000 North Koreans have defected to South Korea.

The sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has shaken hands with South Korea's president as the Winter Olympics began with an extraordinary and unexpected show of unity in Pyeongchang.


They added: "Kim Yong Nam, Kim Yo Jong and President Moon Jae In and his wife all stood up to wave to the players of the north and the south".

Pence and Moon took two very different diplomatic approaches to the North Korean delegation's attendance at the games in Pyeongchang. Then, two athletes from the joint Koreas women's hockey team, Chung Su-hyon of North Korea and Park Jong-ah of South Korea, climbed stairs to the cauldron with the torch.

Pence said Friday that the US would oppose talks between the two Koreas until the North agreed to open negotiations on ending its nuclear program.

We'll see if he makes his way on stage during the closing ceremony.

"President Moon and President Trump are completely aligned in their objective for a nuclear free Korean Peninsula", Pence said.

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