These Are the Biggest Moments of the Olympics Opening Ceremony

The official start of the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics is finally here. The opening ceremony kicked off with the lighting of the Olympic flame and the flag parade, when participating countries are introduced. North Korean and South Korean delegations marched together under one unified flag, the biggest sign yet of a detente after months of tensions over North Korea’s nuclear program. 

When all eyes aren’t on the athletes, they’ll be on the world leaders who are gathering for the Winter Games, including U.S. Vice President Mike Pence and Kim Jong Un's sister, Kim Yo Jung. Her historic visit raises the stakes at an Olympics already filled with heightened geopolitical tensions.

   

   

Athletes from the North Korean and South Korean Olympic teams enter together under the Korean Unification Flag.

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The Olympic Rings during the opening ceremony of the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at the Pyeongchang Stadium.

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Fireworks are set off at the start of the opening ceremony.

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Performers entertain the crowd.

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Performers during the opening ceremony.

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Flag bearer Erin Hamlin of the United States and teammates enter the stadium.

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Kim Yo Jong, sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, second left, and U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, right, attend the ceremony.

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Fireworks and light show during the opening ceremony.

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Participants perform during the opening ceremony.

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Participants perform during the opening ceremony.

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Artists perform during the opening ceremony.

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Participants form the South Korean flag during the opening ceremony.

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