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2018 Winter Olympics opening ceremony, in photos

Dancers on roller skates perform during the Opening Ceremony of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic on February 9, 2018.
Dancers on roller skates perform during the Opening Ceremony of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic on February 9, 2018.
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Beginning with fireworks and ending with the lighting of the Olympic cauldron, Pyeongchang's Winter Olympics opening ceremony, called "Peace in Motion," took place Friday evening amid gusts of wind and frigid temperatures.

A general view during the Opening Ceremony of the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics on February 9, 2018.
A general view during the Opening Ceremony of the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics on February 9, 2018.
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Watching inside the Olympic stadium was a crowd of more than 30,000 — including South Korean President Moon Jae-in, who shook hands with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's sister Kim Yo Jong. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Vice President Pence sat nearby.

A man impersonating US President Donald Trump and another impersonating Kim Jong-un pose in the stands during the Opening Ceremony of the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics on February 9, 2018.
A man impersonating US President Donald Trump and another impersonating Kim Jong-un pose in the stands during the Opening Ceremony of the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics on February 9, 2018.
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In the parade of nations — 92 are taking part in these Olympics — American luger Erin Hamlin, a four-time Olympian, served as Team USA's flag-bearer. A unified Korean team marched together under a unification flag. 

South Korean figure skater Kim Yu-na performs during the Opening Ceremony of the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics on February 9, 2018.
South Korean figure skater Kim Yu-na performs during the Opening Ceremony of the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics on February 9, 2018.
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But many thought Pita Taufatofua — who competed in taekwondo in Rio's Summer Games and is in Pyeongchang to compete in cross-country skiing — stole the show by reprising his bare-chested appearance as flag-bearer for Tonga.

Tonga's flagbearer Pita Taufatofua leads his country's delegation during the Opening Ceremony of the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics on February 9, 2018.
Tonga's flagbearer Pita Taufatofua leads his country's delegation during the Opening Ceremony of the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics on February 9, 2018.
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The opening ceremony reached 27.8 million viewers on NBC, a number that inched up to 28.3 million when digital viewers are added. While that's down from the 31.7 million who watched the opening in Sochi four years ago, it has to rate as positive news for the network.

Participants perform during the Opening Ceremony of the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics on February 9, 2018.
Participants perform during the Opening Ceremony of the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics on February 9, 2018.
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The opening in Pyeongchang had 6 percent more viewers than the Summer Olympics ceremony in Rio de Janiero in 2016, and it was the most watched Friday night on television since Sochi's first night four years ago. NBC's viewership peaked at 31.5 million when the U.S. team entered the stadium in South Korea.

A general view as performers entertain during the Opening Ceremony of the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics on February 9, 2018.
A general view as performers entertain during the Opening Ceremony of the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics on February 9, 2018.
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Performers entertain during the Opening Ceremony of the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics on February 9, 2018.
Performers entertain during the Opening Ceremony of the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics on February 9, 2018.
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USA's athletes parade during the Opening Ceremony of the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics on February 9, 2018.
USA's athletes parade during the Opening Ceremony of the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics on February 9, 2018.
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Participants perform during the Opening Ceremony of the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics on February 9, 2018.
Participants perform during the Opening Ceremony of the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics on February 9, 2018.
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In this handout image, made from video, athletes are introduced during the Opening Ceremony of the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics on February 9, 2018.
In this handout image, made from video, athletes are introduced during the Opening Ceremony of the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics on February 9, 2018.
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A makeup artist applies glitter to a performer backstage during the Opening Ceremony of the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics on February 9, 2018.
A makeup artist applies glitter to a performer backstage during the Opening Ceremony of the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics on February 9, 2018.
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A torchbearer carries the Olympic torch during the Opening Ceremony of the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics on February 9, 2018.
A torchbearer carries the Olympic torch during the Opening Ceremony of the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics on February 9, 2018.
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The Olympic flag is carried into the stadium during the Opening Ceremony of the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics on February 9, 2018.
The Olympic flag is carried into the stadium during the Opening Ceremony of the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics on February 9, 2018.
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Artists perform during the Opening Ceremony of the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics on February 9, 2018.
Artists perform during the Opening Ceremony of the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics on February 9, 2018.
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South Korean figure skater Kim Yu-na lights the cauldron with the Olympic Flame during the Opening Ceremony of the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics on February 9, 2018.
South Korean figure skater Kim Yu-na lights the cauldron with the Olympic Flame during the Opening Ceremony of the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics on February 9, 2018.
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South Korean singer Hwang Su-mi performs during the Opening Ceremony of the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics on February 9, 2018.
South Korean singer Hwang Su-mi performs during the Opening Ceremony of the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics on February 9, 2018.
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A torchbearer runs with the Olympic Flame during the Opening Ceremony of the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics on February 9, 2018.
A torchbearer runs with the Olympic Flame during the Opening Ceremony of the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics on February 9, 2018.
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Fireworks go off as the Olympic Flame is lit during the Opening Ceremony of the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics on February 9, 2018.
Fireworks go off as the Olympic Flame is lit during the Opening Ceremony of the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics on February 9, 2018.
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Actors perform during the Opening Ceremony of the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics on February 9, 2018.
Actors perform during the Opening Ceremony of the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics on February 9, 2018.
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Artists perform during the Opening Ceremony of the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics on February 9, 2018.
Artists perform during the Opening Ceremony of the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics on February 9, 2018.
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Dancers perform during the Opening Ceremony of the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics on February 9, 2018.
Dancers perform during the Opening Ceremony of the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics on February 9, 2018.
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Children perform during the Opening Ceremony of the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics on February 9, 2018.
Children perform during the Opening Ceremony of the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics on February 9, 2018.
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Fireworks go off as the Olympic Flame is lit during the Opening Ceremony of the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics on February 9, 2018.
Fireworks go off as the Olympic Flame is lit during the Opening Ceremony of the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics on February 9, 2018.
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Delegations parade during the Opening Ceremony of the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics on February 9, 2018.
Delegations parade during the Opening Ceremony of the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics on February 9, 2018.
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A hostess leads the Unified Korea athletes during the Opening Ceremony of the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics on February 9, 2018.
A hostess leads the Unified Korea athletes during the Opening Ceremony of the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics on February 9, 2018.
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Fireworks erupt as the Olympic Cauldron is lit during the Opening Ceremony of the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics on February 9, 2018.
Fireworks erupt as the Olympic Cauldron is lit during the Opening Ceremony of the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics on February 9, 2018.
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U.S. athletes during the Opening Ceremony of the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics on February 9, 2018.
U.S. athletes during the Opening Ceremony of the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics on February 9, 2018.
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Performers entertain the crowd during the Opening Ceremony of the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics on February 9, 2018.
Performers entertain the crowd during the Opening Ceremony of the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics on February 9, 2018.
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Fireworks erupt as the cauldron is lit during the Opening Ceremony of the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics on February 9, 2018.
Fireworks erupt as the cauldron is lit during the Opening Ceremony of the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics on February 9, 2018.
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Fireworks explode during the Opening Ceremony of the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics on February 9, 2018.
Fireworks explode during the Opening Ceremony of the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics on February 9, 2018.
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South Korean figure skater Yuna Kim prepares to light the cauldron during the Opening Ceremony of the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics on February 9, 2018.
South Korean figure skater Yuna Kim prepares to light the cauldron during the Opening Ceremony of the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics on February 9, 2018.
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The Olympic Caludron is lit during the Opening Ceremony of the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics on February 9, 2018.
The Olympic Caludron is lit during the Opening Ceremony of the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics on February 9, 2018.
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Members of the U.S. team attend the Opening Ceremony of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic on February 9, 2018.
Members of the U.S. team attend the Opening Ceremony of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic on February 9, 2018.
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Kim Yo Jong, top right, sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, sits alongside Kim Yong Nam, president of the Presidium of North Korean Parliament, and behind U.S. Vice President Mike Pence during the Opening Ceremony of the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics on February 9, 2018.
Kim Yo Jong, top right, sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, sits alongside Kim Yong Nam, president of the Presidium of North Korean Parliament, and behind U.S. Vice President Mike Pence during the Opening Ceremony of the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics on February 9, 2018.
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Dancers perform during the Opening Ceremony of the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics on February 9, 2018.
Dancers perform during the Opening Ceremony of the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics on February 9, 2018.
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Dancers perform during the Opening Ceremony of the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics on February 9, 2018.
Dancers perform during the Opening Ceremony of the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics on February 9, 2018.
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A fireworks display during the Opening Ceremony of the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics on February 9, 2018.
A fireworks display during the Opening Ceremony of the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics on February 9, 2018.
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Have a happy Winter Games!

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