Olympics Day 1: Opening Ceremonies kick off the PyeongChang Games

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Opening Ceremonies of the Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea, on Friday. (Arnd Wiegmann/Reuters)

The Washington Post’s complete Olympics coverage can be found here.

Seven thousand miles away, while America was waking up, the Olympic flame began burning as part of the Opening Ceremonies in PyeongChang.

For those who braved the 14-hour time difference (to Eastern time), NBC live-streamed the event. Despite being a relatively short (by Olympic standards) 2 hours 18 minutes, the pageantry didn’t disappoint. The Ceremonies started with fireworks and ended with the lighting of the Olympic flame. In between came an upbeat performance showcasing South Korea’s technological prowess and, of course, the Parade of Nations.

Flag bearer and luger Erin Hamlin led Team USA to a warm welcome. Another crowd favorite was the shirtless Tongan flag bearer, Pita Taufatofua. The Olympic Athletes from Russia marched in drab uniforms to a much more muted response. Marching last, the unified Korean team stole the show. It was only the fourth time that athletes from North Korea and South Korea have entered the Olympics together.

To avoid too many spoilers (like who lit the Olympic flame), we’ll stop here.

Article source: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/sports/wp/2018/02/09/olympics-day-1-opening-ceremonies-kick-off-the-pyeongchang-games/

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