Winter Games of hope

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A high-ranking North Korean delegation including Mr Kim's sister, Kim Yo Jong, landed in South Korea earlier in the day aboard the leader's private jet. The highlight amongst all the buzz going around is North Korea's and South Korea's march under Korean unification flag, amidst all the political tension prevailing in both the nations.

The IOC is allowing athletes who have proven their innocence to compete individually under the OAR - Olympic Athletes from Russia - moniker while banning the display of the Russian flag or the playing of the national anthem.

Of these, eight African countries will be represented at the games, which is the most African participants in the history of the Winter Olympics.

Pence stood to cheer Team USA when they entered the stadium in PyeongChang, but left before the unified Korean team marched in, the New York Times reported.

The 2018 Winter Olympics events have already kicked off, but the official Opening Ceremony is just about to begin.

Pence was seated among world leaders including South Korean President Moon Jae In for the festivities in Pyeongchang, where athletes marched into the stadium in freezing weather as part of a program called "Peace in Motion". Will Patrick Chan of Canada hit his quad jumps and claim figure skating glory?Can reigning men's gold medalist Yuzuru Hanyu of Japan overcome injury and defend his title against Chan?

Both Koreas are fielding their largest Winter Olympics delegations ever to PyeongChang: the South with 219 athletes and officials and the North with 46.

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SEOUL/PYEONGCHANG, South Korea-U.S. Vice President Mike Pence made only a brief appearance at a reception marking the start of the Winter Olympics on Friday, avoiding a potentially awkward encounter with the ceremonial leader of North Korea attending the same event.

The North has sent almost 500 people to the PyeongChang Games.

The white aircraft had Democratic People's Republic of Korea, North Korea's official name, inscribed in black in Korean on its side, followed by the North Korean flag.

"NBC and NEP started our Olympic journey together almost 30 years ago, at the 1988 Seoul Olympics", said Glen Levine of NEP U.S. He directly criticized the parade, but was then asked if the US had ceded "moral high ground" on the issue, given President Donald Trump's interest in holding such a parade himself.

And so, with a little help from a liberal South Korean president eager to engage Pyongyang, the 2018 Pyeongchang Games open. They spoke of strengthening the military alliance between their countries to answer threats by North Korea. She's part of a high-level delegation attending the opening ceremony.

All will discover what they share - a passion for sports, competition and, in most cases, the joyfulness of youth.

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