Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony: Pyeongchang Welcomes The World

February 9, 2018 - metal shoes

Fireworks go off during a start of a opening rite of a Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games.

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Fireworks go off during a start of a opening rite of a Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games.

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The opening rite of a Winter Olympics kicked off on Friday — during 8 p.m. in South Korea and during 6 a.m. ET in a U.S. — with 2,900 athletes from 92 countries entertainment to contest for 102 medals in Pyeongchang.

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The U.S. Olympic organisation was led into Pyeongchang Olympic Stadium by flag-bearer Erin Hamlin.

The Winter Games run from Feb. 9-25. The Paralympics will use many of a same facilities, with 670 athletes competing from Mar 9-18.

Our summation of a vast event:

The rite begins

The themes of a rite are assent and convergence, and passion and peace.

The rite starts with a form of philharmonic we’ve schooled to demeanour brazen to during a Olympics, with suave projections on a building and a vast unit of costumed dancers. The movement revolves around 5 children, internal actors who live in Pyeongchang’s Gangwon Province.

Dancers perform “The Land of Peace.” The themes of a rite are assent and convergence, and passion and peace.

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Dancers perform “The Land of Peace.” The themes of a rite are assent and convergence, and passion and peace.

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The organizers explain: “The series 5 comes from a 5 Olympic Rings, and a names of a children’s characters come from a Five Elements — fire, water, wood, metal, and earth — that are believed to make adult a universe.”

The Pyeongchang Olympic Stadium’s pentagon figure also includes a multiple of opposite geometrical shapes — circle, square, and triangle — representing heaven, earth, and mankind, a organizers say.

The figure also means there will be 5 opposite entrances to a stage.

Introductions

South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in enters a stadium, followed by International Olympic Committee boss Thomas Bach.

President of a International Olympic Committee Thomas Bach (left) and South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in (center) call during a opening ceremony.

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President of a International Olympic Committee Thomas Bach (left) and South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in (center) call during a opening ceremony.

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‘Taegeuk: Harmony of a cosmos’

Mimicking a arrange of vast Big Bang, a theatre is dull until a sound of janggu drums hint light.

Rising by a vast executive round in a stage, drummers pierce a locus to life; their costumes change to blue and red — South Korea’s colors.

It all culminates in a display of a Korean flag, famous as Taegeukgi. The organizers say: “The taegeuk, a interlocking semi-circles in a flag, represents yin and yang, a blue semi-circle symbolizing yin and a red yang.”

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Korean inhabitant anthem

The Rainbow Choir — 75 children, in a organisation that was founded in 2009 — sing a inhabitant anthem to send out a summary of assent by their music. The ceremony’s module states, “There are many multi-cultural families in Korea from general marriages.”

About a costumes, from a program: “Wearing a pungcha, a form of normal Korean winter hat, a dwindle bearers will be dressed in a normal overcoat called dopo or a prolonged coupler called durumagi. A five-color cord secures a dopo around a waist, and a additional fabric combined to their behind of a dopo with a cord will supplement some-more amusement as they lift in a flag. “

Parade of athletes

By tradition, a organisation from Greece, a home of a strange Olympics, enters first; a horde country’s organisation enters last. In this case, South Korea’s athletes enter alongside their counterparts from North Korea, walking underneath a dwindle of togetherness temperament a figure of a Korean Peninsula.

By tradition, Greece, a home of a strange Olympics, enters first.

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The other 89 nations enter according to a Korean alphabet – a conditions that has led to difficulty among some viewers in a past, as they consternation during a order.

The U.S. organisation enters after all a countries whose names start with “M” — so, after Malta and Mongolia though before Bermuda and Belgium. The Americans are a 26th commission to enter a Pyeongchang Olympic Stadium.

Montenegro’s organisation entered to “Gangnam Style.” If we can’t call your hands to that song, we don’t go during a opening rite of a Olympics. We can see that Montenegro gets it. South Korea’s many renouned strike continued to play as Team USA marched out.

Other important entries embody a organisation of athletes from Russia, marching underneath a Olympic dwindle and competing underneath a name a Olympic Athlete from Russia. They enter as a 55th delegation.

If you’re wondering: there are 2,900 athletes in Pyeongchang for a Winter Olympics.

The U.S. flag-bearer

Erin Hamlin repelled many when she won bronze during a final Winter Olympics in Sochi – a initial time an American singles luger had ever won a medal. Now she’s a two-time universe champion — and in her fourth Winter Games, Hamlin she leads a U.S. organisation into a Olympic Park.

Flag dispatcher Erin Hamlin of a United States leads a organisation in a Parade of Athletes.

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A local of Remsen, New York, she says she’s timid after these games.

A disturbance

A span of impersonators – dressed to impersonate President Trump and North Korea’s personality Kim Jong Un – caused a vast stir right behind where a co-worker Melissa Block was sitting.

The span were escorted out of a territory they were in. It wasn’t transparent if they were being ejected.

This rite has many high-profile visitors – including Vice President Pence and Kim Yo Jong, a sister of Kim Jong Un. The North Korean delegation’s high standing also brought a singular and astonishing moment: a open handshake between a North Korean leader’s smiling and stylishly dressed sister and South Korea’s President Moon.

‘Arirang:
 The stream of time’

An comparison lady sings “Jeongseon Arirang” – a normal strain that has a roots in this region. This partial of South Korea prides itself on a healthy beauty, and that’s featured along with this strain in a form of healthy scenes – and lots of buckwheat flowers in bloom.

The 5 children reappear, and this time they’re channel a stream on a raft – though afterwards a charge befalls them. This evokes Korea’s “Miracle of a Hangang River,” where, a module tells us, “despite ordeals and trials, a buckwheat flowers arise adult again to emanate a poetic and copious field. As they conduct towards a festive complicated city, a children watch fireflies arise adult from a buckwheat flowers.”

This theatre is meant to execute Koreans’ resilience and strength.

All for a destiny

Where there are children, there’s mostly pronounce of a future. This shred explores a destiny of those 5 kids from progressing – and South Korea’s destiny and a technological expertise.

The children counterpart into their future, and — Spoiler Alert: It’s all going to be OK.

To whit:

Where there are children, there’s mostly pronounce of a future. The 5 children are channel a stream on a raft – though afterwards a charge befalls them.

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“After saying a universe where everybody is not usually connected though also bargain and demure of others, a 5 children learn a new tip to peace, one that connects a past, benefaction and future.”

Speeches

Korean’s President Moon and Bach speak, as does Lee Hee-beom, a boss and CEO of a central PyeongChang Organizing Committee.

This is a indicate where Moon strictly declares that a Winter Games are open – and now a thoughts spin to a Olympic cauldron. But it’s not utterly time, given initial we need to erect a pacifist out of candlelight.

Dove of assent

Roughly 1,262 people – including 1,000 residents of Gangwon Province — enter, and they’re holding candles. As 27 travel artists sing “Imagine,” they arrange themselves to emanate an picture of a dove. Clearly, they’ve worked on this.

Here’s a possibility for South Korea to uncover off a technical prowess. We see 1,270 LED candles that are tranquil by wireless record – and a assembly will join in, regulating tiny Olympic Torch lights that they got in not-small bags of swag on a approach in. Other equipment enclosed a poncho, palm warmers, a winter tip and a drum.

The singing

The strain in this apportionment is led by Jeon In-kwon, “a stone singer,” according to a program, “who has been famous for his rough voice and singular character of singing given his entrance in 1979, and he was a member of a stone rope Deulgukhwa. Many of his fans report his strain as comforting and even liberating.”

Jeon is assimilated by Lee Eun-mi, a maestro thespian famous for channel genres – from folk to cocktail and jazz. Her heading pierce is to sing barefoot – thus, “she is famous to her fans as ‘the but boots diva,'” we’re told.

The younger span of singers are Ha Hyun-woo, personality of a stone rope Guckkasten, and An Ji-yeong, who’s many mostly seen as partial of a much-loved rope Bolbbalgan4.

Olympic flame

After bouncing around each dilemma of Korea on a 101-day relay, a Olympic fire is finally entrance to a home for a subsequent 16 days.

The Olympic anthem is sung by Hwang Su-mi, whose day pursuit is being a soloist during a Bonn Opera Theatre.

Before a vast moment, a torchbearers will need to strech a cauldron, adult a “slope of adventure” that’s not unsteep — arrange of like a mangled wall. It turns out to have stairs that were tough to spot. Phew.

A torchbearer lights a Olympic flame.

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A torchbearer lights a Olympic flame.

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As a final dual torchbearers strech a top, we see that there’s a small ice course adult above a tip step of a stadium, and Kim Yuna — a dear figure skater who illuminated adult a ice in a past dual Winter Games — is adult there skating around. Kim won bullion in 2010 and china in 2014 (a slight skip that many questioned during a time).

The Olympic cauldron is designed to remember a full moon, with a well-spoken white orb. That’s especially when it’s not lit; it’s a hulk and absolute fire once a fire gets to it.

Wish fire

Now we know: a steer of a Olympic fire tends to expostulate a Dokkaebi a small wild. What are a Dokkaebi, we ask? Well, they live in a forests of Gangwon Province. And they seem to be adult for anything that involves roller-skates, flames, and sparklers.

“Korean Dokkaebi are curious, fun-loving pranksters who suffer strain and dance and pierce blessing and fad to people,” a module says.

They get things hyped adult thusly: “Just Jerk dancers dressed as Dokkaebi enter a theatre and perform b-boy dancing with flames.”

The Dokkaebi also roller-skate while sparklers light behind their heads and whisk around, spewing fountains of white sparks. Then a sparks pierce to their backs as drums bruise over a loudspeakers. To be clear, this is a partial of a jubilee that pivots from a early beauty and view and turns toward a boisterous acquire and a fad of a games.

Then it’s fireworks time — 20,000 of them. The top go 1,300 meters, some-more than 4,200 feet, in a sky, a module says. It’s a good brew of ripping explosions and stimulating spectacle. Smoke fills a vast swath of a outside arena, and it will route after a throng as they breeze down staircases, slow in a atmosphere as a Olympics start in earnest.

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