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The officials, who spoke on condition because they were not authorized to discuss the USA approach publicly, also denied that Pence had been blindsided by the seating arrangement - with the North Koreans in the row behind him, allowing Kim Yo Jong to be easily pictured in profile next to the vice president.

Along with diplomacy, the weather has been one of the other dominant topics in the build-up to an Olympics which is expected to be the coldest in more than 20 years.

The invasion came just after the two Koreas had marched into the stadium behind the blue-and-white unification flag, possibly indicating the stunt was politically motivated.

Pence and his wife were spotted sitting adjacent to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's sister, Kim Yo Jong, during the opening ceremony of the games. Or at least, two rather convincing impersonators showed up to give the opening ceremony crowd a thrill on Friday shortly after Team U.S.A. appeared in the Parade of Nations.

Aside from the joint Korean women's hockey team, the North and South will compete separately; but, the presence of North Korean athletes and a high-level delegation from Pyongyang in the South put some people at ease in rural Pyeongchang County. The athletes also waved smaller unified flags, smiling in front of thousands of spectators.

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That meant Pence was mere feet away from Kim Yo-jong, the younger sister of North Korean head of state Kim Jong-un. Team USA entered the stadium while the worldwide hit "Gangnam Style" played, prompting numerous athletes to dance to the chorus.

There was also "the vision of peace in the sky" which was a constellation inside the arena, while "the balance of yin and yang" saw Korean drummers perform in unison before forming the South Korea flag. Both were quickly ushered from the stands. Like most opening ceremonies, the night's performances were tied together with a story.

The evening concluded as every Olympic ceremony does, with the lighting of the flame and a spectacular firework display, involving 20,000 fireworks.

The group was led by former track athlete Audra Segree a member of the three women bobsled team who will take part in the two-member event, which begins on Friday, February 18.

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