Starting off with a beautiful display of fireworks and ending with the lighting of the Olympic cauldron, the Pyeongchang Olympic ceremony named Peace In Motion was a spectacle.
The parade which featured the 92 nations participating in the Olympics including hosts Korea, was a celebrating of Korean culture and the spirit of the Olympic games.
Among the major highlights were American luger Erin Hamlin, a four-time Olympian who served as Team USA’s flag bearer. The unified Korean team also marched together in a beautiful display under a unification flag but the show stealer was Pita Taufatofua–who competed in taekwondo in Rio’s Summer Games and is in Pyeongchang to compete in cross-country skiing–for reprising his bare-chested appearance as flag bearer for Tonga.
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Pita Taufatofua, who competed in taekwondo in the 2016 Rio Olympics and will compete in cross-country skiing in Pyeongchang, carries the flag of Tonga during the opening ceremony. PHOTO CREDIT: Jae C. Hong/AP
Spectators watch fireworks go off at the start of the opening ceremony. PHOTO CREDIT: Martin Bernetti/AFP/Getty Images
More than 1,200 people, including 1,000 residents of Gangwon province, form the shape of a dove out of candlelight during the opening ceremony. PHOTO CREDIT: Francois-Xavier Marit/AFP/Getty Images
South Korean figure skater Yuna Kim performs before lighting the Olympic cauldron. PHOTO CREDIT: Franck Fife/AFP/Getty Images
North and South Korean athletes enter together under the Korean unification flag during the parade of athletes. PHOTO CREDIT: Matthias Hangst/Getty Images
A firework display during the opening ceremony. PHOTO CREDIT: Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP/Getty Images
Some 20,000 fireworks were set off during the opening ceremony at the Pyeongchang Stadium. PHOTO CREDIT: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images
PYEONGCHANG-GUN, SOUTH KOREA – FEBRUARY 09: Performers entertain during the Opening Ceremony of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at PyeongChang Olympic Stadium on February 9, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)
PYEONGCHANG-GUN, SOUTH KOREA – FEBRUARY 09: A general view as performers entertain during the Opening Ceremony of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at PyeongChang Olympic Stadium on February 9, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)