PyeongChang Winter Olympics: Opening Ceremony

The 2018 Winter Olympics or as commonly known as PyeongChang 2018 is an international multi-sport event that is currently taking place starting from February, 9th till February, 25th in Pyeonchang, South Korea. The 2018 Winter Olympics will mark 102 events in 15 sports which makes it distinctive and the first Winter Olympics to exceed 100 medal events.

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Today, Friday February 9th, an astounding parade of illuminations and dances that keyed up the heavy-eyed corner of South Korea within the 23rd Olympic game with an urgent message of peace.The opening ceremony began with a remarkable outstanding show of lights with not so much of variation but mainly white, red and blue -the colours of the South Korean flag-.

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The United States of America sent their Vice President Mike Pence while Kim Yo Jong the sister of Kim Jong Un to represent North Korea.

According to CBS Sports “The vice President Mike Pence, 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.” Consequently this shifted the eyes of the world to not only watch the traditional parade of nations.

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The ceremony contained 2,900 athletes from about 90 nations. Erin Hamlin, who is competing in women’s luge, was the U.S. flag bearer. Snowboarders Shaun White and Chloe Kim, and figure skater Nathan Chen. Lastly,  Marquee American names include skiiers Lindsey Vonn and Mikaela Shiffrin.

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Officials have also cautioned that the PyeongChang games could be hazardously cold as wind gusts of up to 35 mph which is certainly threatening to delay and reschedule some of the downhill ski events this weekend.

However, these games are estimated and more likely to cost about 13 billion dollars for South Korea to host, which might alter and transform North Korea into a foremost premier international winter sport destination.

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