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PYEONGCHANG, February 9. /TASS./ The opening ceremony of the Games in 2018 was held on 9 February at the Olympic stadium in Pyeongchang. The event was complicated by cold weather (minus 1 degrees) and high humidity.

Many athletes from different countries refused to participate in the ceremony for fear of catching cold in an outdoor stadium before responsible starts. The audience the organizers were handing out warm blankets and even hats. Fans, unlike athletes, frosty weather does not frighten – in the stands there was not a single empty seat.

The ceremony opened with the General plan of the stadium and fireworks around him, one of the bombs turned into a word of Welcome (“Welcome”). The first came on the scene, white tiger – his-doll on sticks-frame made children. It is the tiger, Shoran was chosen as the official mascot of the Olympic games-2018. This animal is closely related to the mythology of the Republic of Korea and is the symbol of trust, protection and strength.

Together with the tiger, three boys and two girls went on a long journey. The application of the story – the children find a mysterious cave and the magic mural. Then magical guides lead the children in a fairy tale world where they meet the blue dragons, whimsical butterflies, black snakes, boars. The journey was accompanied by performance of folk dances.

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Audience acquainted with the rich historical heritage of South Korea. National clothes, ancient temples and monasteries, the famous Hwaseong fortress – all these images succeeded each other with the sounds of drums and flutes. The costumes of participants of the action have recreated the colors of the national flag of the Republic of Korea – white, blue and red. The Central emblem of the flag reflects the views of the universe as a whole, the interaction of the opposite energies of Yin and Yang. Four elements around symbolize earth, fire, air and water.

After that, the flag of the Republic of Korea at the arena made eight renowned local athletes. The flag was raised to the national anthem, which was performed by children from multinational families.

The parade of countries led by Greece

The parade of countries, paying tribute to tradition, opened the national team of Greece. The rest of the country going in alphabetical order, but if you prioritize the organizers were guided by the South Korean alphabet. The largest number of participants in the parade was part of team USA.

Athletes from all countries were dressed very warm – mostly in ski suits. Each country was accompanied by a girl in a suit resembling the attire of the Russian snow Maiden. In the girl’s hands held the branch with the name of the country.
At the Olympics the 2018 represented by teams from 92 countries. For the first time in winter Games involved teams from the Republic of Kosovo, Malaysia, Singapore, Nigeria, Eritrea and Ecuador. Some countries support after the break – South Africa, Kenya, Colombia, Madagascar, North Korea and others.

Athletes from Russia met a warm welcome

The team of Olympic athletes from Russia took to the parade under the 55-th number is between Austria and Uzbekistan. The parade was attended by 80 representatives of the Russian delegation, all the Games will take part 168 of the Russians. The team was unable to go to the parade under the national flag because of the suspension of the Olympic Committee of Russia the decision of the International Olympic Committee (IOC). Russian athletes marched under the Olympic flag, which was carrying the girl-volunteer.

Many worried that the audience of the ceremony will react adversely to the exit of Russians from all the recent negative events that preceded the Olympics. Contrary to expectations, everything went without complications: the fans have warmly welcomed the team of Olympic athletes from Russia, as all the previous countries.

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It is noteworthy that the Directors of the Olympic broadcast in South Korea at the exit of the athletes from Russia still used the image of the Russian Federation on the world map. The audience of the ceremony began and some fans from Russia. Russian flags were visible from afar in the stands.

The opening ceremony was attended by IOC member Shamil Tarpischev, the head of the Independent anti-doping public Committee Vitaly Smirnov, head of the delegation of Olympic athletes from Russia’s Stanislav Pozdniakov, the Russian presidential aide Igor Levitin and Russian Ambassador in Seoul, Alexander Timonin.

Not without its surprises: in the broadcast during the presentation of the team of France in the Korean television instead of the French flag in the credits was shown the flag of the Russian Federation. Workers, apparently, confused the flags due to the similar colors.

Under the flag of a unified Korea

The uniqueness of the opening ceremony of the Games in 2018 was also that of South Korea and North Korea marched in the parade of athletes together under the flag of a unified Korea. This event was the first time in 12 years. Flag of a unified Korea previously used at the Games in 2000 (Sydney), 2004 (Athens) and 2006 (Turin). After 2006, the flag was not used due to the cooling of relations between the countries.

At the opening ceremony of the Olympic games, the President of South Korea, moon Jae-In’s first meeting with the sister of North Korean leader Kim Yu-Jeong. Representatives of the two countries shook hands. In addition, as you know, the Games are the United women’s hockey team, composed of athletes from both countries.

All audience was surprised an athlete from Tonga Taufatofua Pete, who was the flag bearer of the country and at the summer Games in 2016 in Rio de Janeiro. In Brazil, he acted as a Taekwondo player, and Pyeongchang will act as a skier. The parade of the brave athlete, despite the cold, came out bare-chested in traditional tangismu skirt.

South Korean President declared the Olympics open

The head of the organizing Committee of the Olympic games-2018 Lee Hee-Beom, first took the floor, calling the opening ceremony a historical moment. “It is gratifying that the Republic of Korea after 30 years after the Games in Seoul hosted the Olympic games, he said. I am confident that the Games in Pyeongchang will provide a ray of hope to all mankind. As said the Baron Pierre de Coubertin, the main thing – not victory, and participation, I want to wish all the participants to follow the basic Olympic principles, I wish the athletes to enjoy the Games and write a new page in the history under the motto “Faster, higher, stronger”.

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With the opening of the Olympic games all also congratulated the IOC President, Thomas Bach. “Dear Olympians around the world, this is the moment we’ve been waiting for, he said. – Dear athletes, now it’s your turn, it will be competitions your life in the following days the eyes of the world will be glued to you. Despite all the differences, you will live in harmony and mutual respect and observance of the rules of the Olympic spirit, you will receive special pleasure from these Games, if you follow the rules and stay clean from doping.”

The head of the IOC also recalled the spirit of universal unity, which are the Olympic games. “At that time, as you will compete, you will live together in the Olympic village, – said Bach. – A special example of the convening power of sport is today a joint procession of the teams of South Korea and North Korea. Two years ago at the Games in Rio de Janeiro for the first time the team participated refugees and this, in turn, gave hope to the world, it was a powerful peace message to all mankind.”

For peace in the world

It is symbolic that the ceremony performed the song John Lennon’s Imagine (“Imagine”) about world peace. As the song children travel around the world ended in the present. The ceremony participants lit candles, symbolizing the coziness of the family hearth, and then lined up the images of peace doves.

The authors of the script of the ceremony made a bet on advanced technology – the audience appeared the images of the digitized world, in particular, 120 of the doors in the future. With the help of digital technology the center of the arena turned into a media center, which vividly conveyed in all corners of the planet the basic concept in the idea of these Games is peace in the world.

The Olympic flag into the arena made eight South Korean athletes. The honor to light the Olympic flame went to figure skater Kim Olympic champion 2010, silver medalist of Olympics-2014 in Sochi. The theme of new technologies continued with the lighting of the Olympic flame – this was done with the telescopic torch.

The closing ceremony of the Olympic games 2018 will be held on February 25. The event will also be held at the Olympic stadium in Pyeongchang.

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