Team USA's 2018 Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony Entrance Is Your Friday Inspiration

Team USA's 2018 Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony Entrance Is Your Friday Inspiration

Vice President Mike Pence, chosen to lead the USA delegation, stood as the American contingent of athletes entered the Olympic stadium, but according to the Associated Press, did not stand and applaud when athletes from the two Koreas walked together.

The two sides had marched together at the opening ceremony at three prior Games, starting in 2000 at Sydney.

Yet the hostilities of a divided peninsula stood not just in the background, but on full display in the dignitaries' box, where U.S. Vice-President Mike Pence sat only a few metres from Ms. Kim - close enough to exchange greetings. North Korean women's hockey player Hwang Chung-gum and South Korean bobsleigh pilot Won Yun-jong both clutched the flag pole in a noteworthy display of unity.

Yonhap News agency said Friday the North Koreans rejected the offer to use the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 phone during the Games and return it upon their departure.

"After Beijing's successful bid to host the 2022 Winter Olympics, more and more athletes from summer sports have joined us in winter sports and they have been training very hard in snow sports", Gao Zhidan, deputy Chef de Mission of the Chinese delegation, said ahead of the opening ceremony. Its white and gold tones are the main colors of the Olympic Winter Games Pyeongchang 2018 Torch Relay.

As he seeks to counter what he called North Korean "propaganda" around the Winter Olympics, Pence has filled the days leading up to the Games with his own symbolism and rhetoric.

Luckily, the opening ceremony had slightly warmer weather at over 20 degrees Fahrenheit. "Contrary to popular belief, the 14-hour time difference works really great for live primetime coverage", says Jim Bell, president of NBC Olympics Production & Programming.

Team USA's 2018 Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony Entrance Is Your Friday Inspiration

Expectations are sky-high for an array of stars at Pyeongchang, including American skiers Mikaela Shiffrin and Lindsey Vonn, while the drama in figure skating centres on whether Japan's "Ice Prince" Yuzuru Hanyu can recover from injury to retain his crown.

One member of the North Korean delegation is Kim Yo Jong.

For the South Koreans, major home hopes rest on the slender shoulders of yet another teenage girl.

The 22-year-old is one to watch this year.

Nevertheless, 2018 has got the countries off on an improved footing. Despite the sanctions on the country for a state-sponsored doping program, more than 150 Russian athletes will compete here.

But the athletic aspect of these games has been overshadowed in the buildup to the opening ceremony by a frenzied, increasingly momentous fire-hose spray of political developments.

Related:

Comments


Other news