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Winter Olympics Begin in a Burst of Light, Sound, Ceremony

IN PICTURES: Performers dressed in traditional costume dance for the thousands of spectators attending the Winter Olympics opening ceremony in South Korea.

The 2018 Winter Olympics is finally underway in Pyeongchang, South Korea, with representatives from across the globe lining up in a colorful display. Lights, fireworks, dancers and even Chinese dragons greeted the throngs of thousands filling the seats around the enormous stadium.

This year's winter events include classics such as bobsleigh, skiing, snowboarding, mogul and the skeleton, among dozens of others.

In a historic event, North Korea has joined forces with its southern cousin to create a powerful team of athletes for the winter competition – while "Donald Trump" and "Kim Jong-un" impersonators told media they were "getting along great."

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Performers dressed in traditional costume danced for the thousands of spectators attending the opening ceremony.
Performers dressed in traditional costume danced for the thousands of spectators attending the opening ceremony. Photo:Reuters
During the opening celebrations, "Kim Jong" and "Donald Trump" were escorted out of the stadium. The impersonators refused to reveal their identities, however, they did say they were "getting along great."
During the opening celebrations, "Kim Jong" and "Donald Trump" were escorted out of the stadium. The impersonators refused to reveal their identities, however, they did say they were "getting along great." Photo:Reuters
An aerial view of the Olympic stadium in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
An aerial view of the Olympic stadium in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Photo:Reuters
Two hockey players from the unified Korean team carry the traditional Olympic flame.
Two hockey players from the unified Korean team carry the traditional Olympic flame. Photo:Reuters
A Korean artist aflame in the spirit of Asiatic pride performs an incendiary artistic piece for the Olympic games.
A Korean artist aflame in the spirit of Asiatic pride performs an incendiary artistic piece for the Olympic games. Photo:Reuters
Despite the golden opportunity to obtain peace, neither Vice President Mike Pence (L) nor North Korean president
Despite the golden opportunity to obtain peace, neither Vice President Mike Pence (L) nor North Korean president's sister, Kim Yo-jong, plan to discuss political issues during the games. Photo:Reuters
Tongan skier Pita Taufatofua caught international attention by representing his island in traditional clothing - or rather, lack of clothing - and carrying the national flag.
Tongan skier Pita Taufatofua caught international attention by representing his island in traditional clothing - or rather, lack of clothing - and carrying the national flag. Photo:Reuters
South Korea added an Asian twist to their customary parades prior to beginning the international sporting event.
South Korea added an Asian twist to their customary parades prior to beginning the international sporting event. Photo:Reuters
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This year's winter events include classics such as bobsleigh, skiing, snowboarding, mogul and the skeleton, among dozens of others. Photo:Reuters
Published 9 February 2018
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