By Harper Henry
This years Winter Olympics are being held in Pyeongchang, South Korea, neighbors to the nation of North Korea which caused a bit of high tensions among the crowd. However, on Friday both nations walked into the stadium for the opening ceremony together identifying under one flag. This showed a possible alliance between the two nations and gave high hopes to the rest of the viewing crowd.
This Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang the largest has been given the little of the largest population of countries in history with 92 nations taking part in the competitions. With North and South Korea marching under one flag there were hopes that the divide of previous history between the nations could be out aside for the sake of the athletes.
While the Olympics is a time for politics to be set aside, such in this case were unavoidable. Sister to Kim Jong-un, Kim Yo-jong, was present and seated next to Vice President Mike Pence, as the representative of the American delegation. Tensions ran high amongst people watching, but nothing seemed to get in the way of celebrating the entrance into the 2018 Winter Olympics. Let the games begin!
North and South Korea marching together into the opening ceremony. Image by James Hill for the NYT