Olympics 2018: Opening ceremony ‘Peace in Motion’ to kick off Pyeongchang Winter Games

Olympics 2018: Opening ceremony ‘Peace in Motion’ to kick off Pyeongchang Winter Games

Olympics 2018: Opening ceremony ‘Peace in Motion’ to kick off Pyeongchang Winter Games

The 23rd Olympic Winter Games will officially kick off today in Pyeongchang, South Korea, with fantastic spectacle and a parade of participating nations.

Although competition for the 2018 Winter Olympics began Thursday, the much-anticipated opening ceremony will be held Friday, February 9.

The opening ceremony, titled “Peace in Motion,” begins at 8 p.m. local time, 6 a.m. ET. It will be held at the Pyeongchang Olympic Stadium in sleepy mountain town of Hoenggye, located in the Gangwon province of Pyeongchang county. The 35,000-seat temporary venue will also host the closing ceremony.

Spectators at the open-air stadium will be provided with several items to fend off the region’s bitter cold and high winds during the ceremony, including a raincoat, a blanket and knitted hats, as well as hand, feet and seat warmers.

South Korean actor and producer Song Seung-whan is the executive creative director of the opening ceremony.

Few details have been released about the show. But organizers revealed the story theme of the event last month; the opening ceremony will emphasize peace by following the fairytale-like adventures of five imaginary children from Gangwon province with a cast of thousands of other performers.

Erin Hamlin, the first American athlete to win an Olympic medal in singles luge, will be Team USA’s flag bearer at the ceremony.

North and South Korea will be the last to enter the Pyeongchang Olympic Stadium during the opening ceremony. The teams will march together behind a “unification flag” carried by an athlete from each country, according to International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach.

Russia’s national Olympic committee was barred from the 2018 Winter Olympics as punishment for its alleged state-sponsored cover-up of doping by its athletes. However, some individual Russian athletes will be allowed to participate in the Games by competing under a neutral Olympic flag.

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