South Korea hopes Chinese tourists will return as Olympics kick off

South Korea hopes Chinese tourists will return as Olympics kick off

South Korea hopes Chinese tourists will return as Olympics kick off

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.

It's not as if peace has suddenly broken out - and the two Koreas are still officially at war, a war which goes back to the division of the peninsula into two in the 1950s.

The North Korean delegation's arrival came a day after Kim Jong Un presided over a massive military parade in Pyongyang that was highlighted by the country's developmental intercontinental ballistic missiles.

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, left, shakes hands with Fred Warmbier, the father of Otto Warmbier, an American who died previous year, days after his release from captivity in North Korea.

While the country's leaders act like children, it is left to the ordinary people to behave as adults.

The opening ceremony is Friday night, and figure skating training and qualifying competition in events including women's moguls were underway in the morning.

The International Olympic Committee invited 169 Russians who have met the anti-doping criteria to compete as independent athletes and their team will be known as the "Olympic Athletes from Russia".

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A huge crowd gathered in the freezing Olympics Stadium in this isolated, mountainous corner of South Korea, as performances displayed the sweep of Korean history and culture. A volunteer from the Korean organizers carried the flag.

Photo A statue outside the Pyeongchang Olympic Stadium.

He captured headlines among fans in Rio at the 2016 summer Games where he competed in taekwondo. "Only then will your lifelong memories be the memories of a true and worthy Olympian".

A spokeswoman for the Games said: "It was a Korean spectator and he was removed from the stadium as soon as he was taken off the stage".

The identity of the person or persons lighting the Olympic cauldron - always a well-kept secret - was revealed after the Olympic flame, which had traveled throughout Korea for the past 101 days, entered the stadium.

After two failed Olympic bids that emphasized the high-sounding notion that the games could help make peace with North Korea, Pyeongchang finally sold its successful try in 2011 on the decidedly capitalistic goal of boosting winter sports tourism in Asia.

Great Britain's team consists of 58 competitors, with short track speed skater Elise Christie and freestyle skiers James Woods and Izzy Atkin all in with good chances of picking up medals.

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