The Winter Olympics began this Friday in South Korea. The games will be running through February 25.
The Olympics began with a ceremony befitting of the best athletes in the world. Aside from the typical spectacle of the opening ceremony, the themes of the program were of harmony, convergence, passion, and peace. In honor of the first Olympics, Greece led the parade of athletes into the stadium. The host nation of South Korea entered the stadium last. The rest of the procession occurred in alphabetical order by the Korean alphabet. Montenegro’s team decided to add some fun to their entry by choosing “Gangnam Style” as their intro song. In total, there are 2,900 athletes represented at this year’s Winter Olympics.
During the ceremony, a pair of protesters dressed as U.S. President Trump and North Korea’s leader Kim Jung Un decided to attempt to cause problems during a song. However, their demonstration did not last long, and they were quickly escorted out of the stadium.
After a 101 day journey around Korea, the Olympic torch entered the stadium. During the lighting ceremony the Olympic anthem was sung by Hwang Su-mi.
The Winter Olympics have officially began, and the best athletes in the world will be on display and at the top of their games for the next two weeks.
Note: NBC and its cable networks present coverage of the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea. NBC properties carrying Olympic coverage include NBCSN, CNBC, USA Network, and the Olympic Channel. Every Olympic event will be available to stream live and on-demand on NBCOlympics.com, NBC Sports App, and several online sources including YouTube, Hulu, and DirectTV Now. Because of the 14-hour time difference, not every Olympic event will be broadcast live so updates are available via online sources and live streaming.
- Tyler Byars / February 2018 / HLGU Vanguard