Febrero 24, 2018

What you missed in PyeongChang last night: An opening night to remember

11 Febrero 2018, 04:44 | Crisanna Felipe

South Korea's Inbee Park honored with role in Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony

Mike Pence doesn't speak with North Koreans, including Kim Jong Un's sister, at ceremony

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence on Saturday said the United States, South Korea and Japan were in complete agreement on isolating North Korea over its nuclear weapons programme, even as the two Koreas deepened their diplomatic detente at the Winter Olympics.

From the moment they entered the stadium to the tune of "Eye of the Tiger" and Darude's "Sandstorm", the North's cheerleaders knew they had competition.

"It was so sudden that the Korean government put the North Korean players on the South Korean team", said Ahn Jae-myeong, 23, a hockey fan and student at Kwangwoon University in Seoul who came to see the game. On the other, the president of South Korea sat with Kim's sister and North Korea's nominal head of state, separated only by IOC President Thomas Bach.

The invitation was delivered by Mr. Kim's sister, Kim Yo-jong, who on Friday became the first member of the ruling Kim family dynasty to set foot on South Korean soil during a three-day visit to the Pyeongchang Olympics. On the ice, however, the Swiss, ranked No. 6 in the world, took control early and built a 6-0 lead by the end of the second period.

"I hope that Pyongyang and Seoul will become closer in the hearts of our people and that the future of reunified prosperity will be hastened", she wrote. The sheer amount and brightness of the lights had eerie effect of blocking out spectators.

The dignitaries walked to the Korean bench, taking turns talking to players still standing on the ice.

Earlier, Sweden's Charlotte Kalla won the first title of the Games in the women's skiathlon, followed by Germany's Laura Dahlmeier who triumphed in the women's 7.5km sprint biathlon.

The Canadians are generally considered the favourites in the strategic sport. This is one of the strangest things I've ever watched.

At the postgame news conference, Jong would not comment on whether the unified team would ultimately contribute to peace.

Reuters also reports that Moon has "practically accepted" the offer, and the two countries will soon begin planning logistics.

39 - The age of the oldest US winter Olympian: Hockey player, Brian Gionta.

The Korean roster also includes Canadian college player Danelle Im, as well as Caroline Park, who grew up in Canada and played hockey for Princeton University.

As the North Korean squad chirped encouragement like "Unify the motherland!" and "Win, win, our athletes win!", the women from the south gyrated to pop music, exposing a cultural gap every bit as wide as the scoreline on the ice. I assume they knew that message was coming. "And their (songs) are so in sync it is like they've been practicing them for years".

Exposing that scam is what led to the Canadians being told - two days after they were named to the 2018 Olympic team - they had a bronze medal from the 2014 Games coming to them because the Russian silver medallists had taken performance-enhancing drugs.

- Ryan Kath (@ryankath) February 10, 2018Is there anyone at the Opening Ceremonies at the Olympics?

"The whole world's watching".

Will the North Korean cheerleading team?

Diplomacy and politics aside, the vice president's appearance at the Olympics was also personal.

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