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09 February 2018, 11:04 | Dan Bryan
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As is typical with the Winter Olympics, most of the countries with the largest delegations and best ranked athletes are located in northern regions, where snow and ice are plentiful. He'd been dispatched from Washington for the Olympics in part, he said, to make sure the world didn't forget that North Korea was a misbehaving and unsafe neighbor in the community of nations.
The International Olympic Committee suspended the Russian Olympic Committee from the games in December 2017 because of doping violations.
North Korea's government delegation of 22 high officials, led by the sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, arrived with all the fanfare of a celebrity entourage in South Korea on Friday.
Vice President Mike Pence met with North Korean defectors on Friday as he uses his appearance at the Winter Olympics to call on the worldwide community to grow tougher on North Korea's nuclear program and human rights abuses. Do you think the Olympics will thaw relationships with North Korea?
On a chilly evening in a stadium roughly 50 miles from the demilitarized zone that since the armistice in 1953 has buffered North from South, athletes and officials from the two Koreas reprised a march behind a blue-on-white flag representing a united Korea.
The 2018 Olympics officially kicked off Friday with a dazzling opening ceremony that will air tonight on NBC.
As part of the tradition, the athletes from the home of the Olympic Games - Greece, will march first.
For the next 17 days, an estimated 2,952 athletes from 92 countries will be competing for Olympic medals in 102 events across 15 different sports.
Pence is being joined by the father of Otto Warmbier, a United States student who suffered brain damage in a North Korean jail and died when he returned home a year ago.
But the "exceptional measures" undertaken for the Olympics "apply only to the exceptional situation and the limited time" of the Games, he said.
South Korea's unification minister Cho Myoung-gyun meets Ri Son Gon, chairman of the Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Country of the DPRK, Kim Yong Nam, president of the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly, Kim Yo Jong, alternate member of the Political Bureau of the Workers' Party Central Committee and Choe Hwi, chairman of the National Sports Guidance Committee in Incheon on February 9, 2018.
Tonga's lone representative created quite a stir at the 2016 Rio Games when he carried the Tongan flag bare-chested and glistening in his traditional ta'ovala.
At the opening ceremony - starting at 20:00 local time (06:00 EST) - the temperature is set to range between 28F (-2C) and 23F (-5C), according to the Korean Meteorological Administration's news conference Wednesday. Japan team captain and gold medal hope Nao Kodaira said she will skip the opening ceremony.
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