How to watch the PyeongChang Games Opening Ceremony

How to watch the PyeongChang Games Opening Ceremony

Earlier, President Bach told the audience that the stage was set for "the best Winter Olympic athletes and great Olympic Winter Games". The sports extravaganza does also function as an initial contact point between the two sides, meaning they reopened a diplomatic channel with South Korea after an nearly two-year hiatus.

South Korea's leadership invited North Korea to the Pyeongchang Olympics in hopes of averting a disasters that could arise in its absence.

None of the Japanese speed skaters will take part in the ceremony in the mountain town of Hoenggye.

The North's last-minute decision to participate was among the biggest and among the most controversial stories in PyeongChang.

Tensions have been high on the peninsula since previous year when the North staged its sixth and most powerful nuclear test and test-fired multiple long-range missiles, some of them capable of reaching the USA mainland.

Kim Yo-jong, the sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, has arrived in South Korea.

If that's a little too early for your taste, NBC will also re-air the event during primetime on Friday at 8 p.m. ET on NBC (live stream available at and on FuboTV).

The parade, marking the 70th anniversary of the founding of the North Korean army, was attended by leader Kim Jong Un and other senior officials. Prior to the events, security issues have crept up as the venues are a mere 80 kilometers away from the inter-Korea borders.

It's not as if peace has suddenly broken out - and the two Koreas are still officially at war, a war which goes back to the division of the peninsula into two in the 1950s.

Russian Deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Mutko, who is banned by the IOC, railed against the decision and said CAS had come under "pressure" from the Olympic Committee.

Although the Olympic Games are set to open February 9 (Friday) and will run until February 25, Todd has been working with athletes a pre-Olympic training camp for half pipe. Adding fuel to the fire was the fact that it was decided less than a month before the beginning of the games.

The team event is still very new to Olympic competition. Olympic champion skeleton racer Aleksandr Tretyakov and female bronze medalist Elena Nikitina, as well Olympic cross-country skiing champion Alexander Legkov, are now also unable to compete in South Korea.

As he seeks to counter what he called North Korean "propaganda" around the Winter Olympics, Pence has filled the days leading up to the Games with his own symbolism and rhetoric. But 168 Russians will still compete under a neutral flag as "Olympic Athletes from Russia" while 45 others had their appeal to compete turned down Thursday by The Court of Arbitration for Sport.

After coming up short in 2003 and 2007, the host city of PyeongChang finally came to bring the Winter Games to Gangwon in the 2011 vote.

On Feb. 14, the Korean team faces Japan, which colonized Korea for more than three decades before it split into North and South shortly after World War II.

The event is expected to witness participation from over 90 countries, including India.