Olympics Kick Off With Unified Korean Team Offering Hope for Peace 

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PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — The opening ceremony of the 23rd Winter Olympics unfurled in frigid temperatures and high spirits Friday, as athletes from the two Koreas marched into the stadium together less than 50 miles from the heavily fortified border between their nations and offered hope of a breakthrough in a tense, geopolitical standoff that has stirred fears of nuclear conflict. The festivities launched what organizers say is the largest Winter Olympics yet, with 92 countries participating. The North and South Korean delegations, marching under one flag, embodied the hopes of a peninsula divided by history and ideology. (MOTOKO RICH, New York Times News Service)

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Performers and fireworks during the opening ceremony of the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, on Friday, Feb. 9, 2018.
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North Korean athletes sing and hold the unification flag depicting a unified Korean peninsula before the start of the opening ceremony of the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, on Friday, Feb. 9, 2018.
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Drummers perform during the opening ceremony of the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, on Friday, Feb. 9, 2018. Temperatures dipped to around 28 degrees Fahrenheit as fans started to enter the stadium an hour before the event.
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Performers during the opening ceremony of the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, on Friday, Feb. 9, 2018.
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Vice President Mike Pence is flanked by his wife, Karen Pence, and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during the opening ceremony of the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, on Friday, Feb. 9, 2018. Kim Yo-jong, sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, is standing at left in the back row.
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erformers during the opening ceremony of the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, on Friday, Feb. 9, 2018.
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Performers during the opening ceremony of the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, on Friday, Feb. 9, 2018.
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Drummers perform during the opening ceremony of the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, on Friday, Feb. 9, 2018.
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Performers during the opening ceremony of the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, on Friday, Feb. 9, 2018.
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Yuna Kim, the profoundly popular South Korean figure skater, lights the cauldron during the opening ceremony of the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, on Friday, Feb. 9, 2018.
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Performers and fireworks during the opening ceremony of the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, on Friday, Feb. 9, 2018.