2018 PyeongChang Olympics: Opening Ceremony Overview

Amanda Swank, Author

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This year’s Olympic Ceremony, located in PyeongChang, South Korea kicked off on February 9 2018 with gorgeous imagery and an inspiring message of world peace, passion, harmony, and convergence.

The event, however started with a rocky beginning as the ceremony was hit by cyberattacks. The official website for the Olympic games went down just hours before, and took 12 hours to fix. Thankfully, no major consequences occurred and the rest of the night went smoothly.

On February 11, it was confirmed that the attack was intending to sabotage the ceremony, and though the South Korean government will not reveal the culprit, it is suspected to be either North Korea or Russia (who was banned from participating in this year’s games due to the Russian government’s massive doping scheme).

During the Parade of Nations, both South and North Koreans entered together under the Korean Unification Flag and are competing together, for the first time since the 1991 World Youth Football Championship and  the World Table Tennis Championships.

Another exciting moment occurred between the North and South, when Kim Yo-jung, the sister of Kim Jung-un shook hands with the South Korean President Moon Jae-in. This was the first time a member of the Kim Dynasty has visited South Korea since the Korean War ended in 1953.

Vice President of the United States, Mike Pence, was also in attendance at the Opening Ceremony with his wife, Karen. Pence, however, did cause some controversy as he and his wife refused to take part of the tradition in standing, as North and South Koreans entered the stadium. Many have taken to calling Pence a “hypocrite” referencing his negative remarks on the NFL players refusing to stand for the national anthem.

The ceremony also exhibited Augmented Reality and 5G technology, and featured the world’s largest drone show in history, with 1,218 Shooting Star drones, which created various images like the Olympic Rings as well as athletes.

 

 

 

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2018 PyeongChang Olympics: Opening Ceremony Overview