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International politics front and center at this year’s Winter Olympics in South Korea




Jonathan Learoyd of France competes in the Men's Normal Hill Individual Qualification at Alpensia Ski Jumping Centre on February 8, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea.
Jonathan Learoyd of France competes in the Men's Normal Hill Individual Qualification at Alpensia Ski Jumping Centre on February 8, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea.
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The 2018 Winter Olympics kick off on Friday in PyeongChang, South Korea.

Teams from around the world will compete in 15 sports for the next two weeks. But sports aren't the only thing on people’s minds when it comes to this year's Winter games. North Korea has dominated the media spotlight since its announcement that it would compete in the ice hockey category by sending players to join the South Korean team. Furthermore, both Koreas will march under one flag during the opening ceremony.

On Wednesday, North Korea also announced that it’s sending Kim Yo Jong – North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s younger sister – to the games. The younger Kim is on the US Treasury Department’s list of blacklisted officials.

But still, the Olympics are about the competitions. Here to join Larry to talk about the games before tomorrow's opening ceremony is Reuters' Rory Carroll.

Click here for coverage schedule for the Winter Olympics on NBC.

Guest:

Rory Carroll, sports reporter for Reuters in PyeongChang to cover the Winter Olympics; he tweets @rorydcarroll