Sweden's Kalla wins first gold of PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games

Moon Jae In Kim Yo Song handhake

Overnights for Pyeongchang also topped the opening ceremony for the 2016 Rio Summer games, which brought in a 16.5 and were the lowest overnight rating for a summer Olympics opening ceremony since 1992.

Pyeongchang Olympic organizers are investigating a possible attack on their internet and Wi-Fi systems that took place about 45 minutes before the opening ceremony.

The Winter Olympics are now officially underway in Pyeongchang, South Korea, after an opening ceremony marked by extreme chilliness-actual and metaphorical.

Not everyone heard the plea for peace made by Lee, president of Pyeongchang's Olympic organizing committee. But privately, officials said, Pence expressed concern to Moon about his more conciliatory tone toward North Korea.

Meanwhile, five gold medals are up for grabs on the first day of full competition in the Winter Olympics today, which features the debut of a unified Korean ice hockey team.

Russian athletes marched under the Olympic flag, and in neutral colours, at the ceremony, having been banned from competing formally for their country by the IOC. "North Korea bombing, please".

Even Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who has shared the American skepticism of warming North-South relations and pressed Moon against falling for the North's "smile diplomacy", greeted Kim Yong Nam.

North and South Korea are still technically at war after their 1950-53 conflict ended in a truce.

"We couldn't make the opening ceremony due to training". It was a selfie seen around the world.

Pence avoided public criticism of Moon, congratulating South Korea on hosting the Olympics but privately, officials said, he expressed concern about Moon's more conciliatory tone toward North Korea.

It said: "Kim Yo Jong, first vice department director of the Central Committee of the WPK, exchanged warm greetings with President Moon Jae In and his wife, shaking hands with them".