The 2018 Winter Olympics are here.How to watch the 2018 Winter Olympics opening ceremony Live Stream online and on TV,NBC’s primetime coverage of the Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea
The 2018 Winter Olympics have arrived, and things will kick off with the extravagant opening ceremony, which features the lighting of the Olympic flame, the introductions of the countries participating through the flag parade, and a showcase of the culture and history of host nation South Korea.
While the opening ceremony may claim to be the “official” start of the games, the Olympics actually started on Thursday afternoon in Korea (Wednesday evening in the US) with mixed doubles curling and ski jumping. They will be continuing throughout Thursday and Friday with other events, including figure skating, before the ceremony actually starts.
Every four years, the many countries of the world send their best figure skaters, bobsledders, skiers, snowboarders, curlers, and other winter athletes to compete against the best of the best. This time around, the Winter Olympics are taking place in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
And as always, there will be an opening ceremony featuring a massive spectacle and a parade of nations to officially kick off the games. Pyeongchang’s opening ceremony will be held Friday, February 9.
One of the big storylines heading into the opening ceremony is that the North Korean and South Korean delegations will march together under one flag in the parade of nations. There has long been tension between the two countries, so marching together is a symbolic gesture of unity. But this isn’t the first time the two countries have marched together.
“They have marched together nine times, including in Athens in 2004, carrying a blue-and-white flag representing a united Korea, and at the 2006 Winter Olympics. The two Koreas last marched together in the Asian Winter Games of 2007,” the New York Times reported.
Another thing to watch for is the return of Tongan athlete Pita Taufatofua, an Olympic taekwondo star-turned-Olympic cross-country-skier. He made news two years ago during the Summer Olympics in Rio for marching shirtless while serving as Tonga’s flag bearer in the parade of nations. However, Taufatofua has said he’ll be a little more covered up in Pyeongchang, considering the weather.
Song Seung-whan, a Korean actor-producer, is the creative director of the opening ceremony. Though details are scarce about what the show will entail, Reuters reports it will “intertwine Korean history and tradition with aspects of modern culture, such as K-Pop.”
For those planning to watch the festivities from the US, there’s a 14-hour time difference between South Korea and the East Coast, and an 11-hour difference between South Korea and the West Coast. If you’re hoping to witness the opening ceremonies live, you’ll have to get up at 6 am Eastern/3 am Pacific on Friday morning and log into NBC online or the NBC app, as NBC is the Olympics official broadcaster.
Later on Friday, the network will air a tape-delayed primetime broadcast of the opening ceremony at 8 pm Eastern, with commentary from hosts Katie Couric and Mike Tirico.