GANGNEUNG, South Korea — At the end of the Opening Ceremonies on Friday night, after more than two hours of kumbaya at its most elegant, the infamous PyeongChang wind pestered the fantasy-closing fireworks exhibition. A grand and hopeful night concluded with smoke and debris forcing you to close your eyes and take cover.
It was harsh to the senses, a wicked way to transition from fairy tale to reality. Perhaps it was a warning, too: Don’t let Olympic reverie enchant you too much. It can blow up in your face.
Caution seems even more important now that diplomacy, inspired by a level of North Korean charm that many underestimated, has taken over the beginning of these Winter Games. Kim Yo Jong, the younger sister of cruel and dangerous North Korea leader Kim Jong Un, has made a mesmerizing impression with her swagger and smile and goodwill gestures. North and South Korea may never have a close relationship again, but now they have a chance to grow closer.
As the two nations flirt with civility, as South Korea President Moon Jae-in mulls an invitation extended Saturday by the sister to visit Kim Jong
Article source: https://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/olympics/theres-peace-in-the-air-at-pyeongchang-olympics-but-something-doesnt-smell-right/2018/02/10/2ef3ac16-0e19-11e8-8890-372e2047c935_story.html
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