Winter Olympics: Korean athletes under unified flag at opening march

She won gold in the event at the 2006 Games in Turin and in Sochi four years ago.

Golfer Inbee Park was one of the final torchbearers. Pence stood to welcome the USA athletes as the Korean pop hit Gangnam Style blared around the stadium, sparking the "Horse Dance" in the crowd and among the volunteers.

Yet obstacles were evident even amid the outreach.

"The participants in the opening ceremony warmly encouraged the players of the north and the south who were marching together, holding the flag of the Korean peninsula bearing the Korean map". According to the Olympics website, the reason they went with the white tiger as their mascot is because white tigers are commonly seen in Korean folktales as a guardian or protector. U.S. Vice-President Mike Pence stood only a few seats away from Kim Yo-Jong, sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un.

But athletes from Iran and North Korea were reportedly excluded due to United Nations sanctions against the two countries over their nuclear programmes.

The games, which cost an estimated $12.5bn, will run from February 9 to 25. "North Korea is continuing to develop nuclear weapons at this very moment", Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told Moon in a one-on-one meeting Friday. 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. S. pressure campaign by expelling North Korean "financial facilitators and trade reps". It chose Hyon Song Wol, leader of the North's popular Moranbong girl band, to lead a cultural delegation it sent to South Korea for the Olympics. Kim Yo Jong arrived here Friday as part of a delegation to the Olympics.

She is also a vice director of the ruling Workers' Party's Propaganda and Agitation Department, which oversees and directs state censorship and propaganda. Both Kim Yong Nam and Kim Jong-un's sister, Kim Yo Jong, also sat in Moon's box. Pence also heard from North Korean defectors. Earlier in the week, Pence accused Pyongyang of trying to "hijack the message and imagery of the Olympic Games". Pence is taking the father of Otto Warmbier, an American student who died past year after being imprisoned in for 17 months.

While she's comfortable streaking down the track at 90 miles an hour, Hamlin says she's more anxious about Friday's ceremony.

South Korea's Moon, however, left no doubt about his aspirations for the Games.

As is Olympic tradition, Greece - which hosted the first modern Olympic games in 1896 - started the parade of athletes into PyeongChang Olympic Stadium.

As the opening ceremony began, she and South Korean President Moon Jae-in exchanged a historic handshake and spoke briefly.

"We are investigating the cause and we will share more information". "We are here together and that alone will be a precious starting point for a step forward toward world peace".

The International Olympic Committee said pre-recorded footage of the drones was used instead.

  • Zachary Reyes