Updates as the Pyeongchang Games begin

Emerson Smith of the United States competes during the Men's Freestyle Skiing Moguls qualification ahead of the Pyeong Chang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Phoenix Snow Park

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North Korea announced it was to send a delegation to Pyeongchang in January after it met its South counterparts in their first high-level talks in more than two years.

"Had it not been for the PyeongChang Olympics, some of us might not have had the chance to be together in the same room", Moon said. The 35,000-seat temporary venue will also host the closing ceremony.

The North's representative, its highest-level official ever to visit the South, was placed between Olympics chief Thomas Bach and UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.

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South Korean media have been speculating about whether Kim will send a personal message to Moon through his sister and, if so, whether it would include a proposal for a summit between the two leaders.

Few details have been released about the show.

The Opening Ceremony kicked off at 6 a.m. EST on Friday, and features 2,900 athletes from 92 countries competing for 102 medals.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in held a reception for global delegates ahead of Friday's Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony in PyeongChang.

Russian athletes will march under a neutral flag after the Russian team was banned from the Games over systemic doping - although 168 Russians deemed to be clean of drug use have been allowed to take part.

A police officer protects his face from the cold outside the Olympic stadium in Pyeongchang, South Korea February 7, 2018.

The Opening Ceremony will feature spectacles from dancers and local performers, including a troupe of five children, from Pyeongchang's Gangwon Province, who will perform costumed dances.



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