The 2018 Winter Olympics have been kick started with a grand opening ceremony in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
The torch has been lit for XXIII Olympic Winter Games in South Korea on Friday. The delegations from host nations South Korea and North Korea marched in unison with the Korean unification flag carried by North Korean ice hockey player Hwang Chung-gum and South Korean bobsledder Won Yun-jong. The crowd cheered as fireworks went off to mark the end of the parade and beginning of the 2018 Winter Olympics.
The parade of athletes was lead by the delegations from Ghana, Nigeria and South Africa, followed by Netherlands. Views can look forward to the flagship cross-country skiing event which will see skii performers from Scandinavia and Canada. The star of the event is going to be Canada’s Alex Harvey who has won the World Championship for skiing twice.
Another noteworthy event is going to be the united Korean women’s ice hockey team. After 70 years of political tension, the event is going to be a true marker of sportsmanship and unity.
The most exciting new event will be the Big Air. It involves athletes riding a snowboard through a steep slop, performing various trips during the downward journey. 24 athletes have ben lined-up for this breathtaking event which is all set to grab the attention of the audience this winter.
The closing ceremony will commence on 25th February when medals will be awarded for four-man bobsleigh, women’s curling and men’s ice hockey. The final and 102nd event will see women’s cross-country 30 km mass start.