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But the North was still welcomed with open arms to what South Korean President Moon Jae-in called "Olympic games of peace" and the USA appeared to be the one left out in the cold.

Sitting alongside them in the world leader's box was Kim Yo Jong, sister of North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, and US Vice President Mike Pence, who were sitting just one row apart. "In Vancouver Winter Olympics, I was there studying English".

International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach welcomed the world to the 2018 Games, offering gratitude to South and North Korea, while seemingly taking a shot at Russian Federation.

The Opening Ceremony of South Korea's first Olympic games in 30 years were held on the evening of February 9 at the PyeongChang Olympic Stadium.

But all eyes are on Yo Jong - a key member of the Kim dynasty that has ruled the impoverished, isolated nation with an iron fist and pervasive personality cult over three generations.

We'll see if he makes his way on stage during the closing ceremony.

That was followed by the highly anticipated parade of athletes, which featured more than 2,900 competitors from 90 countries.

Dozens of pro-unification demonstrators gathered outside a spicy stir-fried chicken restaurant and convenience store waving the unification flag - a vivid light blue image of a united Korean Peninsula on a white backdrop.

Pyeongchang Olympic organizers are investigating a possible attack on their internet and Wi-Fi systems that took place about 45 minutes before the opening ceremony. They did so in the 2000 Summer Games as well.

For TV viewers, augmented reality created a spectacular dome of constellations and stars above the performers before traditional Korean kites were then flown, a mural of the Four Guardians (symbols of ancient Koreans' hope for peace) was formed and 48 traditional dancers performed.

There were so many stand-out moments but we narrowed it down to six of the moments you will be talking about. The athletes also waved smaller unified flags, smiling in front of thousands of spectators.

A focus on diplomacy comes as a striking contrast to the last six months of the crisis over North Korea's unsanctioned nuclear program, which saw threats of war lobbed back and forth between Kim Jong Un and President Trump.

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