The World is Winter Olympiad

Evgeni Vakov and Zuzanna Marciniak report on the opening ceremony of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics.

PyeongChang’s long awaited Olympics Games were finally opened during a spectacular ceremony at the purposely built open air PyeongChang Olympic Stadium.

It has been 1 448 days since the closing ceremony of the Sochi games four years ago and the wait is finally over, the world is Winter Olympiad once again.

As usual for most of the ceremonies, local culture and legends were used to create the stunning event, a climax of over a decade of preparation.

Moon Jae-in, president of the Republic of Korea declared the Olympics officially open at around 9:30pm local time.

It was also an important ceremony from a political point of view after the delegations of the Republic of Korea and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea marched together, under a unified Korea flag during the nation’s parade at the start of the ceremony.

The two countries will also have a joint ice hockey team in the women’s tournament.

Vancouver 2010 figure skating champion ‘Queen’ Yuna Kim received the honor of lightning the Olympic cauldron at the end of the ceremony. The flame was passed to her by two representatives of Korea’s women’s hockey team, one from the Republic of Korea and the other from the DPRK.

The Games will run until February 25, with the first medal scheduled to be given in the women’s 15km skiathlon tomorrow at 7:15 am BST.

Edited by: Zuzanna Marciniak 

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