The 2018 Winter Olympics kick off in PyeongChang this Friday, February 9th with an opening ceremony that will include K-pop performances and the traditional Parade of Nations all highlighting this year’s theme: peace, history, and modern culture.
Olympic enthusiasts who want to take in all the action can catch the opening ceremony at 6 a.m. EST on NBCOlympics.com or on the NBC Sports app, which is also available on Roku, Amazon Fire, and Apple TV. Those of us who aren’t early birds can catch a fully produced version of the ceremony at 8 p.m. EST the same day on NBC, which will be hosted by Katie Couric and Mike Tirico.
Many are hoping to see a performance by BTS, one of South Korea’s most popular boy bands, as well as the American team touting colorful heated parkas in heat-conductive ink designed by official Olympic outfitter Polo by Ralph Lauren.
The world will also watch North Korea and South Korea march under one unified flag during the ceremony (there will also be a unified North and South Korean women’s hockey team this year — a historic first in Olympic history). The move is designed to promote a spirit of peace and cooperation.
As the executive creative director of the opening ceremony, Song Seung-whan, told Reuters: All of the ceremony’s creative decisions are inspired by the idea of peace. “Although North Korea’s participation was decided belatedly, we think this will serve as a good opportunity for us to convey our message more clearly,” Seung whan said.
We’re wishing all nations luck in the upcoming competitions, and needless to say — we can’t wait for the opening ceremony.