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2018 Winter Olympics Open In South Korea
February 09, 2018 11:12 GMT
Host city Pyeongchang kicked off the 2018 Winter Olympic Games with a spectacular opening ceremony that included a light show, colorful costumes, and fireworks. The Winter Games runs until February 25.
Fireworks light up the sky above Pyeongchang Stadium on February 9 during the opening ceremony of the 2018 Winter Olympic Games.
Performers replicate the South Korean flag during the opening ceremony.
Following a spectacular firework show, more than 2,900 athletes from 92 nations marched into Pyeongchang Stadium.
Dignitaries watch the opening ceremony. (left-right front) South Korean President Moon Jae-in and his wife Kim Jung-sook, the U.S. vice president's wife, Karen Pence, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, (left-right back) Kim Yong Nam, North Korea's 90-year-old ceremonial head of state, Kim Yo Jong, the sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, the German president's wife, Elke Buedenbender, and German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier.
Artists performed before an estimated crowd of 35,000 spectators.
Children performing during the opening ceremony.
Soohrang, the mascot of the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Games. The white tiger has long been considered a guardian creature in Korean history and culture.
Performers wore hats and gloves to keep warm during the opening ceremony inside the Olympic Stadium where temperatures dropped to - 6 degrees Celsius.
The opening ceremony was full of colorful performances.
Artists perform during the opening ceremony of the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games.
North and South Korean athletes entered the Olympic Stadium under a unified flag. It was carried by North Korean ice hockey player Hwang Chung Gum and South Korean bobsledder Won Yun-jong.
President of the International Olympic Committee, Thomas Bach, said in his opening ceremony speech: "We are stronger than all the forces that want to divide us."
The opening ceremony for the 23rd Winter Olympics Games lasted two hours.
Artists perform during the opening ceremony.
The IOC President Thomas Bach said the opening ceremony showed unity and harmony with a "powerful message of peace."
The Olympic torch being carried into the stadium. South Korean figure skater Yuna Kim lit the Olympic cauldron.
Fireworks explode over Olympic flame during the opening ceremony of the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang.
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