Febrero 24, 2018

What's it like to win gold at the Winter Olympics?

10 Febrero 2018, 09:31 | Dolorita Barahona

Pence's bid to isolate North Korea at Olympics falls flat

USA's Lindsey Vonn reacts in the finish

The Tongan flagbearer Pita Taufatofua, who went viral during the 2016 Olympics for walking into the stadium shirtless, will march in 80th.

Every Olympics has its share of geopolitical back stories.

After making the sign of the cross as she stepped onto the ice to win gold in the 2010 Vancouver Games with a record-breaking score, Kim teamed up with Korean bishops for a national rosary campaign.

Yet obstacles were evident even amid the outreach.

Despite the vast political divides between their countries, North and South Korean athletes are coming together for the sake of the Winter Olympics-and the visual evidence so far is heartwarming. They carried a blue and white "Unified Korea" flag. The music's official name is called "Jeongseon Arirang".

The North Koreans and Moon were watching the Koreas' unified women's ice hockey team's first match against Switzerland as it began late Saturday. PyeongChang is also just 65km from the Demilitarised Zone on the border with North Korea.

The games, which cost an estimated $12.5bn, will run from February 9 to 25. They sat in the same row as President Moon and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

President Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un stopped bragging about their respective nuclear buttons and crashed the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics in PyeongChang - but, alas, it was all fake news. But only 22 players - 20 skaters and two goaltenders - can play each game, and at least three must be North Koreans.

The IOC swiftly stepped in to say athletes from both countries would receive the phones, but that the North Koreans would be asked not to take the devices home.

The U.S. Olympic team will be led into Pyeongchang Olympic Stadium by flag-bearer Erin Hamlin.

Moon warmly greeted Kim Yo Jong at Friday's ceremony. Speaking to NBC's "Nightly News" on Thursday, the vice president continued to stress that the United States would protect itself from North Korean nuclear threats by taking whatever "action is necessary to defend our homeland". He also said the ceremonies were not the appropriate venue for serious talks.

South Korea's Moon, however, left no doubt about his aspirations for the Games. N. sanctioned North Korean official, Choe Hwi, to attend the opening ceremony with Kim Yo Jong.

Tensions between the two soared a year ago as Pyongyang launched intercontinental ballistic missiles capable of reaching the U.S. mainland and carried out by far its most powerful nuclear test to date.

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