Winter Olympics easily win ratings gold Thursday

South Korean figure skating icon Kim Yu-na said Saturday it was a huge honor for her to light the Olympic cauldron at the opening ceremony for the 23rd Winter Games.

"The participants in the opening ceremony warmly encouraged the players of the north and the south who were marching together, holding the flag of the Korean peninsula bearing the Korean map".

The two are easily confused, but there is a world of difference between them: Pyongyang is the capital of nuclear-armed North Korea, while Pyeongchang is the South Korean region hosting the Winter Olympics.

She was the first member of North Korea's ruling family to visit the South, while Kim Yong-nam was the most senior North Korean official to make a cross-border trip.

"We are stronger than all the forces that want to divide us", declared Olympic president Thomas Bach.

"At any moment, he could have gotten up and left and sat somewhere else, and then you would have had the image of North sitting in the box with South Korea and Japan", the official added.

Pence and his wife, Karen, sat next to South Korean President Moon Jae-in, in the same row as Moon and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

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Since the Olympics date back to roots in Ancient Greece, the games are steeped in tradition.

Arriving on her brother Kim Jong Un's private jet for a three-day visit, Kim Yo Jong landed with the country's 90-year-old nominal head of state Kim Yong Nam. "That's the team he's going to be cheering for all Olympics".

The North's representative, its highest-level official ever to visit the South, was placed between Olympics chief Thomas Bach and United Nations secretary-general Antonio Guterres.

The weather even warmed slightly for crowds on the street and in the arena, rising just above freezing at night for the first time this week.

The Tongan flagbearer Pita Taufatofua, who went viral during the 2016 Olympics for walking into the stadium shirtless, will march in 80th.

Moon and Kim Yo Jong had their first face-to-face encounter at the opening ceremony.

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.

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