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This is Pyeongchang in South Korea,
home of the 23rd Winter Olympics,
and it promises to be both the most
spectacular and the coldest ever.
This morning the curtain rises on
the latest episode of the greatest
show on earth. Over the next 17
days, the BBC will slide, skate and
slalom across all our platforms as
we bring you all the wonderful
events on snow and ice. And this is
where we are going to be based
through the weeks ahead on BBC One
and BBC Two. We have got a bit of a
curling rink here, we've got teddy
bears all over the place! Fabulous
space! And I just love the delight
of the Winter Olympics, all of the
different sports, 15 different
sports, 102 medal events, more than
3000 competitors, it's going to be
sensational. And lots of questions I
know you will have about the sports
and the athletes, and you can get in
touch with us. They're nine hours
ahead in Korea and the Opening
Ceremony is due to start at 8pm
there time. And I have a panel of
wonderful experts with me, Chemmy
Alcott, four times Olympian, John
Ely, Short track speed skater, who
carried the flag four years ago in
Sochi. And Amy Williams, who was our
skeleton champion in Vancouver, and
known as the Queen of speed. I
wanted to ask you all, what do you
think South Korea is going to be
like as a venue for Alpine events?
have never been there, which is
really exciting for me as a fan now,
having retired. It is very unique
because there is only the one track
downhill, so the men start on the
track and the women take over. For
the men they want to make it really
tough with really big jumps and
brutal speeds. The women are going
to have to contend with that
afterwards, there is only so much
you can do in a few days to get it
ready for them, so a I can't wait!
John, for Short track speed skating
you couldn't get a bit of a new,
No, it is guide to be a
real buzz in the arena, the crowd
are really knowledgeable, it is one
of their number one sports over
there. It is going to be such a
fantastic experience for our guys.
Amy, what about the sliding track?
Well, it is brand-new, it has been
built just for these Games, the
athletes have had just a World Cup
last year and three weeks of
training. It will be who can get up
there and remember their notes from
the previous year and who can learn
the corners in the quickest time. It
is a very challenging track with
some steep uphills, some wonky lines
of! Very technical! It is going to
be interesting to see who can
So much to look forward to,
and so much excitement ahead.
and so much excitement ahead. Elise
Christie is Britain's brightest hope
of a gold-medal, and she has got
unfinished business after the
despair of disco litigation in
Sochi. - Yarnold carries the flag
for the biggest winter GB team ever
assembled. We will discuss medal
chances and the biggest names of the
Games. And Matthew Pinsent takes the
temperature in Korea in every
aspect, looking at Russia, doping
and the relationship between the
South and the north. It's going to
make headlines one way or another,
isn't it? Let's start our education
with a little bit of geography. If
you take off from London it takes
you about 11 hours to fly to Seoul,
going over Russia and Mongolia and
China. The population is 51 million
and Pyeongchang is east of Seoul, it
is not a city all resort, it is a
region with about 40,000 people
living there, popular in the summer
for golf and walking and skiing in
the winter. It is only about 50
miles from the border with North
Korea. Back in 1958 Seoul hosted the
Summer Games and it began with a
memorable Opening Ceremony and among
the stars for Team GB where Andy
Holmes and Steve Redgrave is double
breaststroke swimmer Adrian
Moorhouse, who won gold, shooter
Malcolm Cooper and the men's hockey
team with Sean Curley, they won gold
as well. And most famously, or
infamously, Ben Johnson's disco
litigation in the men's 100 metres.
They've spent about $13 billion on
these Games, which is cheap compared
to Sochi - Russia spent 50 billion
on that! The Opening Ceremony is
only about half an hour away. Inside
the Pyeongchang Olympic Stadium will
be doled medal winning figure
skating champion from 1980 Robin
Cousins and our master of
ceremonies, John Hunt. Yes, welcome
to the Olympic Stadium, it is
getting quite chilly here. I am
delighted to be with you tonight,
Robin Cousins - what other
components of a really good
Grandi, Pomp and
circumstance, and for me the most
important thing is that all the
colour comes together when the
athletes get their team gear on and
get to stand out there as united
Olympians and think about what
they're going to do over the next
And we are willing the
great British team on.
How are they feeling?
I think they
are all ready to go, but there is
nothing like it when you get to put
the gear on for the first time and
you realise that you are part of a
united team, no matter what sport
you're doing, getting out here. I
think everyone is in great spirit,
so far everything has been organised
brilliantly, so let's hope that
everybody, especially the Brits,
have a great Games!
Have you got
your long johns on?
your long johns on?
I do, yes!
stand-by as well for an old
favourite to sing along to later
run! Do you think that means Gangnam
Style?! It has got to be, hasn't
it?! It is a horsey song, it is all
about horses! It's going to be cult,
and obviously, most Winter Olympics
are cold, I think we got spoiled in
Sochi with it being sunbathing
temperatures did all they have got
heated seats in the stadium - how
much of an issue is it for athletes,
did you go to opening ceremonies?
went to four Olympics and I only
went to the one Opening Ceremony. I
decided that psychologically, it
being my last Games, I needed to go,
I needed to feel part of it, it was
bigger than me as an individual
sport, I wanted to feel that five,
but semi times the athletes don't
go. What you don't see is that
behind-the-scenes, you're standing
there for hours like sardines. It's
not very glamorous. And it is
extremely cold which is not
fantastic for the event.
you had the honour four years ago
and you were voted for by your
Yes, that is a special
part of it, getting to lead your
team-mates out is such an honour and
something - Yarnold said yesterday,
it's not expect it and it's not
something you dream about so when it
comes along it's really special.
Amy Williams, you have done it at a
having won my gold, they wanted me
to do it. When you walk into that
Opening Ceremony, that is the moment
that it hits you - I am an Olympian.
You've watched it on to TV semi
times and there you are behind the
flag and the emotional hits you.
It's just phenomenal. But if it is
going to affect your performance, or
your competition is really close,
then you won't go and stand for
hours and watch it - you have to
make that choice.
performance which earned you the
right to be carrying that flag, this
was you in Vancouver. You were
talking about how the athletes will
have to learn the track and get to
know its personality?
Yes, so, the
athletes only will have trained for
three days and they have got to
learn 16 Corners. And the track here
is brand-new so they don't know it
very well, they will have their
track notes from the previous year.
I spoke to the coach this morning,
and asked him about the track, and
it is very unique. The top four
faunas are already at 100km/h, so
the drop and the gradient is really
steep. -- the top four corners. They
have that amazing push at the start,
which our girls and guys are
phenomenal at. And then perfecting
the corners in the middle section,
exiting the straight properly, and
then it drops again into corner 15
but the last corner is a really
steep incline. If you make a mistake
there you could lose a lot of vital
There has been a lot of
investment into skeleton as a sport,
and rewarded with Alex Cooper, with
you and - Yarnold following your
Four years ago she was so
dominant in all four runs, wasn't
she? Yes, and I think
she? Yes, and I think for -, she
really loves the competition. She
really wants to drive to get another
medal, she wants to be the first
Briton to get the two medals. She
hasn't quite had the season she
hoped for, but sometimes you have to
play around with equipment,
sometimes you might have just lost
it a bit in the head. But she's
strong, she's ready, her and Laura
are both out there, they both have
phenomenal starts and a great team
and we know how to win in skeleton,
we know the formula and we can
And she is a great big day
performer and she has real presence,
she looks like a champion when she
walks in the room, and she will look
like a champion tonight as she
carries the flag. She's been talking
about the honour of being selected,
with Matthew Pinsent.
So, you've been chosen as flag
bearer - what kind of honour is
It is an honour that I had
never really thought about but it
means so much as in the flag
represents the whole team, and we as
a team represent everyone in Great
Britain who have watched us, who
have supported us, you know, for our
parents to watch us on the TV
screen, our grandparents watching at
home, that is THE moment, your skin
tingles and the emotion begins.
you fly here thinking it was a
possibility that you could be flag
I don't think I did think
about it too much because I knew
that I wanted to go to the Opening
Ceremony regardless of whether I was
the flag bearer or not, I wanted to
be part of the team. We don't get
here by ourselves and to march with
the others, it is a really fantastic
It's going to be amazing. I
think it will make her quite
emotional as well. Can't wait for
the Opening Ceremony, but, of
course, the build-up to these Games
has not just been about the athletes
training hard, Katie Ormerod having
her injury, which we will talk about
in a moment, it has also been about
doping and about Russia, were they
in or out, and it has been about
tensions between South Korea and
North Korea - it is the most heavily
patrolled border in the world. And
taking on those issues, you need a
man who can deal with anything, so
here's Matthew again!
Every edition of the Olympic Games
is going to have its challenges, but
it seems as if Pyeongchang is taking
it to a whole new level.
And let's be honest, relations with
North Korea has been appalling.
North Korea said they would send a
delegation to the Winter games to
compete. Are we on the eve of some
I have been doing
Korea for 30 years and I cannot
recall a situation that was so
danger is in the last if.
tension between South and North is
becoming more sophisticated and a
little bit dangers, especially for
our side of the Korean peninsulas.
All this reconciliation is not going
to last long, because the United
States would be deadly opposing, any
kind of economic interaction between
The Korean citizens has
the same history we are one unity,
one people, one Nation. We are
rooting for both
rooting for both teams, Korea and
Questions in the rest of the
world, including in Britain remain,
about attending The Games at all.
You have got to remember it is the
athletes, they don't choose where
The Games goes, it is the pinnacle
of their career and they want to be
here so it is up to us to make sure
we are here as long as we can
guarantee their safety.
problem the Olympic authorities are
having to deal with is that of
Russia and their doping. This
started at the last Winter Olympics
in Sochi in 2014, but recently, it
has come to ahead.
Russia has been
banned from competing at next year's
Winter Olympics in South Korea.
follows allegations state-sponsored
doping. The arbitration for sport
has upheld appeals from 28 of those
banned Russian athletes, which
leaves a lot of questions. The only
person who can Ansah them is is the
president of the IOC, Thomas backed.
Do you have any regrets about the
intervening four years and the way
the IOC has handled this?
issued the toughest sanction which
we can issue on an national Olympic
Committee. This is the exclusion
from the Olympic Games.
But the IOC
did clear 169 athletes, who they
judged to be drug-free, they compete
under an Olympic flag with neutral
kit and the national anthem if they
We gave a new and young
generation of Russian athletes the
opportunity to be invited, to show
the Russians that it pays off to be
In one final chapter to the
Russians trying to get to
Pyeongchang, a further 32 athletes
this week challenge their bands. But
hours ahead of the opening ceremony,
they were dismissed, stating the IOC
were within their rights to block
them from competing. No one is naive
enough to think Winter Olympics is
going to solve all the world's
sporting or political problems, but
with world-class events about to
begin, hopefully we can all take a
17 day break from them.
I think that would be the wish. And
the Olympic athletes from Russia is
the fourth biggest team competing.
USA being the biggest team, 241.
Canada, 226. Switzerland, then OAR
and then Germany, Japan, South
Africa and then Great Britain. We
have lost Katie Ormerod, who one
would have hoped would have been a
chance for a medal?
This is the
nature of winter sport, everything
they do is on the limit. There is a
fine line between ultimate success
and disaster. She is out there
training, she has got to feel the
speed of it but she judged it wrong
and you see the consequences of it.
My heart goes out for her because
the most brutal timing.
heel and she was operated on this
morning. She put a photo up of the
two pins that have gone in. Let's
have a look at what she has showed.
The poor thing, it is just desperate
timing. She is looking cheery and I
know winter athletes...
She is young
and she will be back. Let's focus on
the positive, if there is one.
at those screws, they are big. So no
Katie Ormerod, let's take a look at
some of the British athletes we hope
can bring medals home with them.
Weeks, months and years spent on ice
just to disappear in a blur or an
error. Elise Christie disqualified
over all three speed essences in
Sochi brought her close to quitting,
but now a world record holder in
them all. Drama doesn't always
unfold a high speed. The slow story
of curling glory grip is in 2002.
Good Rhona Martin and team be
followed by Eve Muirhead who were
third last year? Upon the mountain,
where an eagle once dead, nobody
could jump like Eddie. But David
Riding learned his craft in
Lancashire and won a silver medal on
the World Cup circuit last year.
Andrew Musgrave made the spring
quarter final, but skis, in his own
words, like a tranquillised Badger.
He is a more competitive
cross-country animal this time.
James Woods and Katie Summerhayes
have one medal since Sochi. So
success is expected from the style
icons. Rocky times in British
Bobsled, a sport used to bumps, but
an outside medal from the four-man
crews. Who can forget Lizzy Yarnold,
four years on from her gold medal in
Sochi, this time, head team-mate,
Laura Deas has become faster. Lizzie
has spent time away from the sport
for reasons of choice and health, it
has been a roller-coaster but this
is her favourite part of the ride.
I have brought loads of teddy bears
back and that is what I have
contributed. Elise Christie, we need
to talk about the woman he was one
of the big headlines from Sochi
because of what didn't happen and
what could happen this time,
disqualified in three races four
It was really tough for
her and see it play out as a
team-mate, I was trying to focus on
my performance, but you could see
the motion she was going through. It
was hard and I can understand how
she has had to come back from that.
Seeing it unfolds and the guys
around her at the time, it was
difficult for the team. She has had
some ups and downs, but most
importantly she is going there as a
Championship gold medals and one of
them was the overall title. I saw
her last week and she told me, it
was redemption. In her head she is
saying no pressure, I have done it,
I have proved myself the best in the
world. Winter Olympics, she says she
is doing for the fans, friends and
I can see that, she has the
love back for the sport. She said
she found it difficult for the next
12 months after Sochi. But now she
is enjoying herself. Some of the
clips before, she talks about
chatting to competitors and she is
excited about these games and
integrate plays. I cannot wait.
want her to get something and the
trouble is, Short Track Speed
Skating is really random. This is
her timetable. Saturday, tomorrow,
she has 500 metres and then the
quarterfinals, semifinals and the
final, we hope, on Tuesday. That
will be on our morning show.
final, we hope, on Tuesday. That
will be on our morning show.
will be on our morning show. Then
she switches to the 1500 metres. And
then the 1000 metres, is her
favourite, you would think? That'll
be the last one?
She would say the
500 metres because it is shorter and
over and done with quickly, but the
1000 metres, she will be up for that
She talks about learning to
embrace failure. After she got
disqualified from Sochi, she played
safe in the World Cup and
Championships after that, just get a
medal, don't fall over. Now she goes
to the edge again.
You can see that
in the way she talks in training,
she is going to the game is looking
to win. If you can win three gold
medals, that is what she is going
for. It will be amazing, history
made. But she is going to compete
and win and she has great
competitors from Korea, China and
Canada. She wants to push them.
like Lindsey Vonn said, she does all
like Lindsey Vonn said, she does all
These iconic sports
stars, a silver is almost failing.
You cannot come back from the
Olympics and be dissatisfied with
the performance if you have
competed. If you have gone and
charged and gone for the gold and
crushed out, it is so much better.
Speaking Team Lindsey, she exudes, I
am going to go and win or I will
crash. She has to find the boundary
of her limit and she will go towards
Let's look at the areas Team GB
are hoping to succeed and whether
funding has gone. This is the best
funding has gone. This is the best
funded British Winter Olympic team.
The target in curling, you can only
get a maximum of two medals. We just
missed qualification for the mixed
event. Snowboarding, two, three
medals. Skeleton, top eight or one
They are going after not
quite desired performance of Lizzy
Yarnold last year. But they are in
the top seven positions.
That is the
best funded sport and a lot of money
going into the technology behind it.
Bobsled, and we hope will get a gold
medal after the disqualification of
two of the Russian teens. And Short
Track, we would think they would
come from Elise and Figure Skating.
We also have two new members from
BBC team and that is Jenny Jones
We also have two new members from
BBC team and that is Jenny Jones and
Radzi Chinyanganya. Claire, thank
you very much indeed. We might not
be able to feel our cheeks, but the
opening ceremony is just around the
corner. I am joined by Jenny Jones.
Katie Ormerod, gutting?
devastated for her. She did her
wrist and then her foot. She is 20
years old, still a youngster. It is
extreme sport and these things
So in Beijing, she
could be back?
years ago, it was your magical
This was the day I put the
medal around my neck and it was a
proud moment. It is good to watch
the other athletes compete.
are back as a pundit, how is that?
Definitely less stress, but great to
cheer them on.
Coming up as the
opening ceremony, the lights and the
stadium but glorious, you were
inside waving the Team GB flag, what
was it like?
Walking through those
doors initially, then it opens up to
a huge and magnificent stadium.
Proud moment. We are very excited
here, just a case of getting inside.
I think you will have to dance right
through to keep yourselves warned.
Beautifully lit up, I think that is
the sliding track on the top left
with the lights.
can see the Ski Jumping definitely.
This is the buzz. I know none of you
are competing this time but do you
still get excited?
All the time,
once an athlete, you are always an
athlete. When I fly out there and
Monday I am going to go to the
track. Something inside of me will
want me to grab somebody sled. I get
so emotional when I watched
different sports, when I watch my
sport, there is something of you
You almost hope when
you retire you can suppress the
addiction to Adrenaline, but you
can't. Amy and I have become
mothers, but it is still there.
are going to feel the excitement as
we build up to The Games starting
with the opening ceremony. We will
hand you over to South Korea and
Robin Cousins with John Hunt.
A very warm welcome to the Olympic
Stadium, Pyeongchang. We are almost
set to go, Robin Cousins watching
alongside me. I know it is cold
outside and security queues are long
getting in, I would have thought the
stadium would have been packed by
now, but it is not?
There are a few
empty seats. There is an empty
chunk, which we presume are reserved
for the athletes when they come in.
It has filled in the last 15, 20
minutes quite dramatically. It is
going to be very cold out there, but
we have been told the seats are
It wasn't a particularly
cold day, it was only just in minus
territory. When we arrived last week
it was minus 20. They said it might
Supposedly, we will see.
We don't want the ice to melt.
Claire was right, that was the ice
Centre and the sliding track. So
much to look forward to as the light
strop and we take you on a journey.
Time travel, very much one of the
themes tonight and you will see all
the Winter games depicted on this
bit of tape, ending with Pyeongchang
and those of you with eagle eyes
will no doubt spot Unichem holding
We took about the
content of the show and how it is
taking place. The stadium was built
specifically for these games. It
combines a combination of different
geometric shapes which represents
heaven, earth and mankind,
respectively. Immers presents
harmony and convergence which is the
founding ideals of traditional
landmarks. People wait with great
anticipation for the opening of the
Winter games 2018.
Silence across the stadium,
darkness, and here we go, the
countdown, then, upon us. This is
the Bell of Peace, the bell of the
Sangwon Temple, and according to
legend the sound of this bell
The stage turns completely to ice.
There's those shots again, the
vented in shape, the Olympic rings
let up, with the Sliding Center in
the background. Fireworks already
away. 35,000 expect to do the in
We were walking over the
bridges to come to the venue, and
the firework blocks were frozen into
So, as I say, a journey,
five children we will see throughout
the night tonight, travelling from
the past to future, as they learn
about the history and culture of
their land and find answers to the
question of peace, following their
journey as they discover peace.
place where nature and people live
ROBIN COUSINS: Each child
representing one of the five
elements, fire, water, wood and
Earth, which are believed to make up
JOHN HUNT: Images of 22 Korean
The sundial. The guilt bronze
incense burner. And children filled
The Four Guardians coming to life,
we will see them on the stage
shortly. All symbolic of the ancient
Koreans' hope for par. That White
Tiger will lead the children, now,
in front of the thousands here in
the stadium, on the first leg of
their journey. I can tell you a
little bit about the children here.
As you say, Robin, they represent
the various elements.
colours of the five children's
costumes also symbolise the
elements, fire, water, wood, metal
Puri in blue and Nuri in
Also representing and
symbolising the five colours of the
The tiger makes its
way to the centre of the stage.
way to the centre of the stage. They
transform into the mountain range
which begins at Mount Baekdu, the
very backbone of the region.
The White Tiger and the children to
be joined now by a vast array of
wonderful animals and plants, of
land and water. Wild bore, deer,
And now, week get our first look at
a character from the creation myth,
and according to the myth she was a
bear but after praying for 100 days
she became a woman and gave birth to
a son, the founder of the Korean
nation. Her name is Ung-nyeo. Two
additional characters join the
stage, the Phoenix and the curious
half man, half bird. The Phoenix, a
mythical animal. A bird that lives
1000 years and flies between heaven
and earth. The Koreans believe that
the Phoenix would appear only during
peaceful times have.
The image for you at home pretty
spectacular, and it would be fair to
say less so in the stadium, we can't
appreciate the effect.
And time for some formal
introductions. Firstly, the
president, Moon Jae-in. Moon Jae-in
was sworn in following his victory
in 2017, the election, to replace
the country's first female
president, who was impeached at the
time, the less said about that, the
better, I suppose. And with
President Moon Jae-in, Thomas Bach,
the president of the IOC.
the president of the IOC. The
children look pleased to see him!
And of course we will hear from both
of them later on.
of them later on. President Moon
Jae-in, actually the son of North
Korean refugees. He took office at a
time of great tensions bridged to an
extent still persist today. Despite
the theme of unification between
north and south to Robin?
certainly the audience here are
crying at the fact that unification
is happening in this stadium
tonight, with this ceremony.
tonight, with this ceremony. And a
longer-term truce is expected and
hoped for, but certainly the crowd
here feel very honoured and blessed
that these two great countries are
And the athletes of
north and south will be parading
together in the Parade Of Athletes,
which will begin fairly shortly.
More lovely shots and great
anticipation of great competition
over the next two weeks.
The stage is being read set, and
from what I can see from here, it is
going to be worth the wait!
after a gentle start, Robin, I think
it is fair to say that things get a
little bit more lively now, as we
move to a stage of the evening
called the Light From The Beginning.
And we will hear the sound of
janggo. Many of you will remember
the use of drums from the Beijing
Games in 2008. So, the janggo drums
appear centrestage. The drummers
express the life force and the
balance between the two opposing
forces... Spectators tonight were
given a little drum to justice
participate in this part of the
evening. The janggo is a traditional
drum and the left and right side of
the drum are covered with different
leathers to produce different
that is always going to be popular.
The transformation between blue and
red, the Ying and Yang.
The South Korean flag.
Ladies and gentlemen, the national
flag of the Republic of Korea.
The flag will now be paraded.
Carried by eight very popular
sporting Korean figures. Some very
Jin Sun-yu, a three-time gold
medallist from 2006.
Pak Se-ri, the golfer. Still a
symbol of hope to many Koreans. He
is the Korean coach to the golf
team. Officiated in that role in Rio
games. Lee Seung-ye, baseball. 41
years of age, legend in baseball.
Hwang Young-jo, from the sport of
marathon running. Doesn't look like
he has done it for a while.
Also, the first female Olympic
medallist in golf.
Lim O-kyeon, Gold medallist in
Athens, getting a great reception.
And Ha Hyeong-ju, from the world of
judo. He was the gold medallist in
Los Angeles in 1984.
The costumes they are wearing are
based on the traditional Korean
winter attire. Very effective, don't
They look absolutely
Handing over now to The
Traditional Guard of Honour. They
were created following the tradition
of royal bodyguards who protected
and escorted the King. A function,
ordinarily conducted at state
TRANSLATION: Ladies and gentlemen,
please stand for the national anthem
of the Republic of Korea,
performed by the Rainbow
The rain bow choir was founded in
2009 with 75 children from
multicultural families. They will
now saying the national anthem to
send out a message of harmony
through their music.
# Donghae mulgwa baegdusan-i maleugo
# haneunim-i bouhasa ulinala manse
mugunghwa samcheonli hwalyeogangsan
# daehansalam daehan-eulo gil-i
# namsan wie jeo sonamu cheolgab-eul
# balamseoli bulbyeonham-eun uli
The early part of this ceremony. Now
the centrepiece, for much of the
next hour the parade of athletes.
TRANSLATION: Ladies and gentlemen,
please welcome the athletes
of the Pyeongchang 2018
Olympic Winter Games!
Nearly 2.5 billion people worldwide
expected to watch The Games.
Traditionally, Greece begin the
parade, home of the Olympic
movement. They always had the parade
and they are represented by four
athletes, two Alpine Skiing is an
two Cross-Country Skiing is.
Officials of course, war with the
athletes as well.
This is quite a character from
Ghana. He has been waiting for this
moment for so long. He went to the
Netherlands as a youngster and his
wish was to, in track and field,
become an athlete the Netherlands.
He is making them best of his moment
in the limelight.
in the limelight. Nigeria, their
flag bearer is from the sports of
bobsleigh. Of course, that is the
big headline here. It will be the
first African bobsleigh team to
appear at a Winter Olympics.
Zapata, they appeared in the 1960
Winter Olympics, but didn't return
until the end of apartheid in 1994.
-- South Africa.
He is studying in the United States
of America. He finished 54th in the
giant slalom in last year's
championships. The Netherlands,
Sochi sold them win their best ever
tally. One of those medals came in
long track speed skating. A tally of
23 medals, including eight of the 12
gold medals on offer. They have 105
gold medals in long track Speed
Skating. Here come Norway. The most
prolific of all the Winter Olympic
nations, they have won more medals
than any other. 329. Their flag
bearer is a four-time gold
The King of Biathlon was hoping to
qualify for Pyeongchang aged 44, but
he failed the selection.
New Zealand, at the 2006 Olympics,
their tally of medals ranked them
third in the world behind Granada
and the Bahamas. New Zealand came
agonisingly close to a second ever
Olympic medal in such you with Josie
Wells finishing fourth. He is one of
four brothers. They were all hoping
to represent their country here, but
only three of them. Denmark have
only ever won one Winter Olympic
medal in history. Full marks if you
remember the women's curling team
Yet there summer Olympics tally is
193. Germany, 154 in strength, they
sit third on the all-time Winter
Olympic leaders medal. Watch of
course for the sliders.
course for the sliders. Luge starts
tomorrow. Their flag bearer has won
the last five overall World Cup
There were nearly 100,000
applications to volunteer at these
Olympics are. One
Olympics are. One athlete here, A5
our flight from Sydney, to the
north-west of Australia. And this is
their Alpine skier carrying the flag
for them, once again, their only
representative. He has great tales
to tell when he appeared in Sochi
and more importantly when he
returned home, treated like a king,
he said! Government ministers
falling over themselves to greet
him, and Miss Timor as well took an
interest! Latvia next, a strong
nation, a team of 34. Enjoyed their
best ever Winter Olympics in Sochi
four years ago, getting four medals.
Their skeleton star was the standout
name, but he was beaten by a
Canadian in Sochi.
Lebanon next, their flag bearer is a
cross-country skier. Lebanon's
representation has almost
exclusively come in Alpine skiing.
And two of their three strong team
in Korea are Alpine skiers.
Next, the largest of the bulk in
countries, Romania. 50 years ago in
Grenoble, Romania, despite appearing
at all but two Winter Olympics, won
their solitary medal and it came in
the two-man bob. They have not got
anywhere near the podium since.
anywhere near the podium since. So
many youngsters carrying the flag,
and Luxembourg is a case in point,
this is an 18-year-old Alpine
this is an 18-year-old Alpine skier,
Lithuania next, the largest and most
southerly of the three Baltic
republics, it was the first Republic
to break away from the Soviet Union
in March 1990 and their national
sport is basket all. They won bronze
medals in that sport on three
occasions. When you have yet to win
a Winter Olympic medal, although
they did win four the Summer
Olympics in Rio.
Olympics in Rio. Lichtenstein, and
their Alpine skier looks a good bet
to banish her Winter Olympic demons
with a debut medal here in South
Korea. She has missed the last two
Games through injury, the second of
which came during a training run at
the Sochi Olympics but she did win
Super-G silver in the championships
in summer rates are. Her parents
have a CV which includes eight World
Cup crystal globes, 39 World Cup
wins, five World Championship titles
and two Olympic golds. No pressure
there, then, to! Madagascar, one of
several countries represented by
just one athlete. And this is their
Alpine skier. She will be their
first ever Winter Olympic athlete,
and only their second winter
ROBIN COUSINS: Malaysia next, and it
is their figure skater who is
carrying the flag, and this is their
Winter Olympics debut in
Pyeongchang. As a 12-year-old boy,
he was sent to a figure skating camp
right here in Pyeongchang. Is older
brother is also a figure skater and
his mother became president of the
figure Skating Association to make
sure that her children could train
properly, and I saw her face when he
qualified last summer at Games, and
it was a picture!
Nice story as well
about Mexico, the Alpine skier has
an interesting story to tell. She
competed for the United States at
four Winter Olympics with a best
finish of tenth in the slalom in
Turin in 2006. Now she is 38 and out
of retirement, this time
representing the homeland of her
husband. Monaco, well, the Prince of
Monaco represented his country in
the bobsleigh in five Winter
Olympics dreamed 9088 and 2002, his
best finish was 25th and that was in
the two-man event. His last
appearance, insult like city, came
just three years before he succeeded
his father to become Monaco's
reigning monarch. Morocco and their
team includes the first Alpine skier
representing an African nation to
win gold at the Winter youth Olympic
Games. He did that by claiming
victory at the Super-G in 2012 in
Innsbruck. He was born to a Moroccan
father and a Canadian mother and has
dual citizenship in both countries.
Montenegro. Entering the stage now,
as Gangnam Style Blair is out. We
know that would crop up somewhere
along the line, Robin!
It had to
come! -- blares out.
More than 3
million people on Youtube have
watched and enjoyed Gangnam Style.
So, Montenegro through and next,
Moldova. Their cross-country skier,
who has competed in both biathlon
and cross-country skiing, the flag
bearer, Nicolae Gaiduc. He is
unlikely to deliver a medal in the
next two weeks! Similarly, Malta,
with one representative, their
Alpine skier, carrying the flag.
Malta's only Winter Olympics, who
made her debut four years ago and
she competes in this love them --
competes in the slalom and the giant
slalom. Mongolia next. Despite
appearing in 13 Winter Olympics they
are yet to win a medal. They have
won 26 in the Summer Games,
including two in Rio in 2016.
Mongolia has a population of 3
million,which is in stark contrast
to the next team to enter the stage
- 326 million, the latest population
of the United States of America.
Their flag bearer is a luger, the
forth from that sport to have the
honour. She is getting married this
year as well. Snowboarder Shaun
White will attempt to win a third
halfpipe title, and he is in form,
having been awarded only the second
ever perfect score in competition
last month. Chloe came is the
women's snowboarding's answer to
Shaun White. Despite being aged just
17 she is sure to get a fantastic
reception given that both of her
parents come from Korea. Lindsey
Vonn is back, having missed Sochi
through injury. She warmed up for
Pyeongchang with three consecutive
World Cup victories, the last of
which came in early February in
Germany. And in Michaela Shifrin,
they have an incredible talent who
four years ago in Sochi became the
youngest ever female slalom Olympic
champion and is being tipped to win
a host of medals in Pyeongchang.
Their previous best medal haul came
in 2010. Here is Bermuda, one
athlete. And this is Tucker Murphy.
He went to Oxford University. He did
a Masters degree in zoology there.
Quite an outfit as well, Robin!
Brave in this weather, I have to
say! But what else would you expect
from a man from Bermuda, wearing
Belgium next, other team has
tripled in size from four years ago
and they're laid out by the reigning
snowboarding slopestyle world
champion Seppe Smits.
champion Seppe Smits. Belarus,
they've only ever won six old
medals, five of them in Sochi, four
years ago. An improving nation,
perhaps. Led out by the biathlete
who is the standout name in their
team. Also keep an eye out for the
Belarussian delegation for Ole Einar
Bjorndalen, the Norwegian, the most
decorated winter Olympic athlete of
all time who was not selected for
Norway who will coach his wife and
the other Belarussian athletes.
Bosnia and Herzegovina, the flag
bearer is an 18-year-old Alpine
skier, Elvedina Muzaferija.
Bolivia's flag bearer, 30 years on
from Eddie The Eagle
from Eddie The Eagle Edwards, is
Simon Breitfuss Kammerlande, and
like Eddie, he lives in a motorhome
a lot of the time as he is driven
around to complete.
Bulgaria, they have been hogging the
ski cross headlines
ski cross headlines this season
through their rock and roll
Now, Brazil, who had to their first
Games since they hosted Rio a couple
of years ago. Cross-country skier
Victors Santos, who hails from the
favelas of Sao Paulo.
San Marino next.
Serbia's flag bearer is their Alpine
skier, who is competing in her third
Winter Olympics, Nevena Ighjatovic.
Four years ago she finished 28th in
the giant slalom.
Sweden next. Stockholm was an
original bidder for the 2022 Winter
Olympics, but later pulled out of
Charlotte Kerwood overhaul and UPS
and as Sweden's most successful
Winter Olympics of the flag bearer
is from the men's curling team.
Switzerland, and their flag bearer
is three-time Olympian and gold
medallist Dario, cross-country
skier. Watch out, though, over the
next fortnight for "Ipod", who upset
the great Shaun White in Sochi. He
will be hoping to recover and bounce
back from a crash in the X games to
take the title in South Korea.
Here comes Spain. They caused a
major upset in the men's slalom in
1982. Their only other Winter
Olympic medal was 20 years later in
the slalom, a bronze. But the person
they will be looking for this time
is Javier Hernandez who finished
fourth in Sochi. They will be
looking to get on the podium in
Pyeongchang, and he said it will be
his last performance. Spain,
followed by Slovakia.
Their flag bearer has just come back
from injury and only completed one
race in January.
race in January. Slavonia is next.
The giant slalom competition, was
their first ever Winter Olympic
Games. The cross country skier,
Vesna Fabjan carries the flag.
Another country making its debut
here are to Pyeongchang in the
Winter games and that is Singapore.
They have a Short Track skater
carrying their flag. One of six
countries making their debut in
Pyeongchang. The 18-year-old has
lived in Canada since she was aged
Mania next. They have the
latest in a dynasty of Cross-Country
More than half of Argentina's
all-time Winter Olympic
representatives have come in Alpine
Skiing. The most famous name on the
list is the
list is the retired four-time
Olympic champion. The flag bearer is
skier, Sebastiano Gastaldi.
skier, Sebastiano Gastaldi. Iceland
became the smallest nation to
qualify for football World Cup when
they booked their spot at this
summerglobal gathering. Haven't seen
any of their famously noisy
supporters around Pyeongchang. Their
team is only five strong at Sochi
four years ago. The class of 2018 is
similarly small with just five
athletes once again.
athletes once again. Welcome to
Ireland. Great to see them and their
flag bearer, snowboarder, Seamus
O'Connor, who has lived in the
United States his whole life. He is
the only seasoned Olympian of the
Irish team of five. He competed in
Sochi aged just 16. Azerbaijan 180
medals at the Rio summer Olympics
but they have yet to win one at the
Winter Olympics. Their biggest
Winter Olympic team was four
athletes they took to the 1998 and
2002 games. It is a lonely affair
for the sole representative, the
Alpine skier, Patrick Brachner. He
originally hails from Austria but
switched to Azerbaijan in 2010.
Andorra, tiny principality located
in the high mountains of the
Pyrenees between France and Spain.
An estimated 10 million people visit
every year, drawn especially by the
Winter sports scene. Their flag
bearer is a cross-country skier, who
competed in the World Championships
in Finland. Albania's flag bearer is
the first winter Olympian at the
Sochi games and her best finish was
60th in the giant slalom. So
probably won't get anywhere near the
podium this time.
podium this time. Eritrea, this is
their first ever Olympian in the
Winter games. He competes in the
men's giant slalom and slalom. 21
years old, raised in Alberta, Canada
but represented Eritrea in the 2012
youth Olympics. His parents fled
Eritrea in the 1980s and he talks
about meeting his absolute
about meeting his absolute idol.
Estonia is next. All absorbing the
sad news of the Katie Ormerod, who
misses out for Great Britain.
Arguably the biggest hope for
Estonia will not be here in
Estonia will not be here in winter
-- Pyeongchang. We welcome Ecuador
to the stage. Their flag bearer is
known as the tarmac skier, given his
training is done on roller skis. He
created the Ecuadorian ski
Federation from scratch and he will
be in action week from today. We
welcome Great Britain. Lizzy
Yarnold, Skeleton hero from Sochi.
What a moment, looking to defend her
title, despite an inconsistent
season. She won in Sochi by nearly a
second. Freestyle Skiing, James
Ward, Katie Summerhayes, here with
her sister Molly, who works in
McDonald's. Lizzie Atkin, all
championship medallists. The men and
women curling teams won medals in
Sochi four years ago. They are the
reigning Commonwealth champions and
Elise Christie, the outstanding
contender hoping to put the bitter
disappointment of Sochi behind her.
We wish them all well. We welcome
Australia. Their flag bearer is
Scotty James, the two time reigning
snowboard champion and hoping to be
Australia's first Snowboarding
motherless. Austria have hosted the
Winter Olympics twice in 1974 and 19
86. The slalom superstar has won six
championship titles. A win for him
here would be one of the biggest
stories of The Games. Anna Veith,
gold in Sochi and followed it up
with two gold medals including the
super G title in America, is the
flag bearer. Now, the Olympic
athletes from Russia. So much talk
about Russian involvement here of
course and we will be hearing from
the IOC president, Thomas Bach
before too long.
before too long. Amongst others,
they do have some sensational figure
They do, two young ladies
fighting for a gold medal, in fact,
three could be on the podium.
Uzbekistan next. It is the first
Olympic medal in 1994 when they got
the gold in the inaugural women's
aerials. She tried to telephone her
parents, and officials had to tell
her mother had died three weeks
earlier. Her mother's wish was she
shouldn't be told of her death until
after the Olympic competition was
finished. Ukraine, their flag bearer
is part of Ukraine's relay team who
won a surprise gold medal at the
2014 Sochi Olympics. Of course, they
won the gold in 1984 in Figure
representing Iran. The cross-country
skier is carrying the flag.
skier is carrying the flag. Also the
cross-country skier is returning for
his third Winter Olympics. Italy
next. Can it be 30 years ago in
Calgary that the Italian skiing icon
won the gold in the giant skiing
slalom. He went on to get more in
1992 and 1994.
Their flag bearer is only 15.
British fans no doubt remember her
500 metre silver medal. She was
upgraded to the silver medal after
Elise Christie was disqualified.
Israel. Another figure for Israel,
the flag bearer.
He had a phenomenal
skate in the Team event this
morning. Cat among the pigeons, this
gentleman, with a potential medal
India is next. This is an emotional
athlete but there Luge athlete, who
will be competing for the last time.
He is delighted to finish his career
in Asia. Only their tennis player
with seven summer Olympics to his
name has taken part in more
Japan and ski jumper is carrying the
flag. His appearance in the men's
normal hill qualification last night
was a record eighth Olympic
appearance. He won silver and bronze
in Sochi, a fine contribution to
Japan's total of eight medals in
The 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary
saw Jamaica have a bobsleigh team
and ended in tears after the
four-man crew were disqualified
after crashing on the third run. But
it helped the making of the film
Cool Running and 30 years on, they
will be represented in the women's
bobsleigh competition for the first
Here we go with George and they will
feature four athletes competing in
Alpine Skiing, Figure Skating and
the louche. It is figure skater
Morisi Kvitelashvili who is holding
the flag and competed for Russia
until 2016 and now
until 2016 and now trains alongside
the Georgian athletes.
first city to host the summer and
Winter Olympics when they host the
next games in 2022. China are next
out and watch out for the
snowboarder, who has won the last
two world titles and could be
arrival to the US sensation. The
flag that China carried by the Short
Track speed skater. Three-time gold
medallist. The Czech Republic are
next. Carrying their flag is the
reigning Olympic snowboard cross
champion, who is famous for her odd
choice of race ritual, she often
wears a moustache painted above her
lip. At the last Olympics she opted
for red, white and blue, the colours
of the Czechoslovakian flag.
Chile next and their flag bearer is
Henrik von Appen who competed in
four out of five events in Sochi
four years ago. Also they have an
Alpine Skiing who competed at the
2000 Olympics he was just 15 years
and 80 days.
Kazakhstan made their Games debut in
90 94 and they have one medal, which
came in 2014. That competitor is not
quite on form at the moment but he
will be looking to try to get onto
that podium somewhere.
that podium somewhere. Their flag
bearer is a short-track speed
skater. And another huge team, 226
Canadians. And we have joint
flag-bearers, with Tessa virtue and
Scott Moore, who came out of
retirement to win a world title, and
now, is now looking for their second
Olympic gold, having won in
Vancouver and taken silver in Sochi.
And very popular they are, too. And
I absolutely love to watch them on
the ice. Along with the rest of
their team-mates they will be
looking to set up some old for team
And they will be going for
the gold in the bobsleigh is well.
And here in Pyeongchang Canada are
going to sing a gender neutral
anthem for the first time. As we
welcome Kenya. Their flag bearer is
a 90-year-old who was born in Kenya
but raised in Austria. She is
competing in Alpine skiing events,
which bucks the trend for
competitors from the non-Alpine
nations. Kosovo made their Olympic
debut at the 2016 Rio Olympics.
Their flag bearer is an Alpine
Colombia are competing in the Winter
Olympics for only the second time.
They only had one representative in
Vancouver in 2010 and this time they
have a squad of four, which includes
a 42-year-old skier who only took up
the sport in 2016 and has dreamed of
appearing in the Games ever since he
moved to Salt Lake City from
Colombia in the year 2000. Korea's
most successful Olympian is a Winter
Olympics, roster next.
Olympics, roster next. And four
years later she added to her tally
with gold and silver in Turin.
Kurdistan won a pair of medals in
Beijing. Want to watch here is
Yevgeny Timufi, who was a
last-minute call up after his
team-mates suffered an injury during
a training session.
a training session. One of the areas
you can ski in Cyprus is the slopes
of Mount Olympus. And I'm sure this
22-year-old has been down those
slopes a few times. The flag bearer
here was presented with a
scholarship by the IOC to help him
prepare for events here in
Pyeongchang. Chinese Taipei, a team
of four. A luge athlete carrying the
flag. Like the Indian... Thailand.
Violinist Vanessa Mae infamously
represented Thailand in the giant
slalom in Sochi, finishing 67th but
her result was wiped off the slate
after it was found her qualifying
results had been manipulative. She
of course was cleared of any
wrongdoing and tried to qualify for
Pyeongchang but a shoulder injury
ended those hopes. Turkey produces
75% of the world's hazelnuts! I
could do with some of those right
now, to be honest with you! They
have some ice dancers to watch out
for - any chances for those, Robin?
And they have been creeping up in
the world standings over the last
couple of seasons. Lovely to watch,
not going to be in bed all
contention, but great competitors.
The flag bearer for Togo is a
cross-country skier. Back here
having carried the flag in the
Opening Ceremony in Togo's debut
Games in Sochi four years ago. Next
up, a very colourful character from
Tonga, Fita Taufatoufoa. He was the
shirtless Tongan who became an
internet sensation in Rio when he
was famously oiled up and
bare-chested! I didn't think he
would do it again, Robin!
The man has a style, doesn't
he?! Pakistan has a sixth biggest
population on the Earth. Their
Winter Olympics record, of course,
is virtually nonexistent. They have
got two in their team in
Pyeongchang, an Alpine skier
carrying the flag. He is joined by
his nephew, who is a cross-country
skier, so uncle clawing rank over a
nephew. -- pulling rank. Portugal
have got two athletes. An Alpine
skier and a cross-country skier
carrying the flag.
Here come Poland. Want to watch here
will be there ski jumper, who jumped
his way into Polish folklore in
Sochi, Kamil Stock, by winning a
pair of ski jumping gold is. The
flag bearer is one of the few
athletes to break the Dutch
struggled on the sport in 2014, the
Netherlands winning eight of 12 gold
medals on offer. But they could not
stop the Polish athlete in the
individual 1500 metres event.
individual 1500 metres event. Next,
their Alpine skier is just 17 and he
was inspired to take up winter
sports when watching the Sochi Games
four years ago. He was born in the
states but moved to Puerto Rico when
he was nine. Competed in the junior
World Championships in Sweden last
year. As we welcome France to the
stage, worth remembering perhaps
that a French city was one of the
three candidates for these Games.
Carrying the flag is there legendary
biathlete Martin Foucade, who has
won 11 titles during his career, the
most recent of which came last year
in the 12.5 kilometres pursuit.
Next, Macedonia. Team of three. The
flag bearer is a cross-country
skier, competed in the winter youth
Olympic Games in 2016 and at the
senior World Championships in
Finland last year. He has competed
in both biathlon and cross-country
skiing at international level.
skiing at international level. A
real legend next for Finland,
carrying the flag, competing in his
seventh Winter Olympics, Yanni
Hanan. They have collected more
medals than anyone else since NHL
players began competing.
players began competing. Of course,
not many NHL players allowed to
participate this time around in the
17-year-old Alpine skier competing
for the Philippines. He carries the
flag, and with him Michael Martinez,
a figure skater who carried the flag
for the Philippines in Sochi, where
he finish 19th.
He did, a fantastic
performance, and he will be looking
to improve on that here in
For Hungary, they're
next. Figure skating has delivered
all six of their Winter Olympics
Devils, the most recent of which
came in Lake Placid, getting silver
behind the Soviet Union in an
incredibly tight contest.
incredibly tight contest.
somebody else being in those Games!
Can't think who! Hong Kong next.
Their Alpine skier, for whom the
Olympic sport runs in the family,
her aunt represented China and Hong
Kong in swimming at the Olympic aims
in 1984 and her other aunt swam at
the Asia Games in Hong Kong. Now,
stand-by for the roar of the night.
And a truly historic moment here in
Pyeongchang. We welcome the children
back from their time travels
earlier. Much more from them,
incidentally. The unified team,
under the unified flag, of Korea.
Joint flag bearers as well, from the
north and the south. From the north,
an I football player and from the
South, a bobsleigh competitor. Hard,
I suppose, Robin, to fully
understand what this means two South
Koreans, who some would argue are
still very much at war...
is nothing like sport, and it is
almost a cliche but you see people
who have one thing in common and
that is a love of sport, which
brings countries and nations and
athletes together. Politics and
religion out the window when it
comes to sport - from the athletes,
who perform from the heart. We were
watching and being told people were
sobbing in the audience, wanting to
be here earlier to actually be
around and to see this moment
ROBIN COUSINS: It is incredibly
JOHN HUNT: Well, it has attracted
some of the major players on the
world political scene. Mike Pence,
the United States Vice President, is
here, and also, which some people
can scarcely believe, is the sister
of Kim Jong-un, the leader of North
Korea. She is here in the stadium
JOHN HUNT: In terms of athletes,
well, North Korea did not compete in
Sochi four years ago but they have a
22 strong team, including figure
ROBIN COUSINS: Who have an
incredibly bright future ahead of
them. They're around the top 15 in
the world at the moment, they train
in Montreal, they have a wonderful
style, they have great commitment
and camaraderie with their training
mates and rivals, and have come
pretty much out of nowhere. Nobody
knew where they were training or
where they came from but they really
do have a lot of class and certainly
deserve to be on the international
stage and on the ice here in
South Korea have one
athlete who could have an
interesting Games in the speed
skating. The latest prodigy to roll
off the South Korean production
line, it is their sport, of course.
And this young athlete has won at
every distance this season.
That is what is called making the
most of your moment.
most of your moment.
They have been
waiting backstage, sitting and
rubbing their hands together,
waiting for this moment. There is
nothing like walking out into the
stadium for the opening ceremony and
feeling it between all the teams.
All those athletes to do one thing
and one thing only and that is to
deliver the best results they can.
feel a little bit sorry for the four
in the Greece team, who have been
sitting in their seats for over an
Heated seats, I believe.
some of the teams have jackets with
electric battery packs, to keep them
I have heard about them, I
haven't seen them yet.
haven't seen them yet. It is a sea
of colour, athletes and different
A departure that the
athletes, but business as usual
tomorrow. There will be those
sitting there who know they haven't
got a chance but will be delighted
just to be sitting there. There will
be those in that crowd of athletes
knowing this is their big chance to
win the gold medal.
There are a lot
of great athletes, who don't get to
experience this event because this
should be part of the experience.
But they are competing tomorrow
morning on some of them have
competed today already and they have
jobs to be done.
I do hope you are
enjoying the opening ceremony here
live from Pyeongchang, South Korea.
The Winter Olympics 2018. A look now
at the four seasons of Korea, the
changing seasons, changing colours.
It is quite barren in winter, aside
from the mountain tops with snow on
them. The summer here is supposed to
be absolutely beautiful.
be absolutely beautiful. Buckwheat,
across the nation. Coming out now, a
song called Arirang. Arirang will be
sung by a 77-year-old.
# Arirang, Arirang, Arariyo...
# Arirang gogaero neomeoganda
# Nareul beorigo gashineun nimeun
# Shimrido motgaseo balbyeongnanda
# Uri ne gaseumen huimangdo manta
# Arirang gogaero neomeoganda
CHEERING AND APPLAUSE
Our five, intrepid time travellers,
continued their journey. They are
safely on their way to their next
destination. Here, in a future
world, the five children see their
future selves after they have
realised their dreams.
Through the glittering Gate. One is
becoming a doctor.
Nuri, has become an artificial
And another one is a K pop star.
Anne Dunham Urban simulation expert.
-- and and.
And finally, a teacher and
South Korea see themselves at the
centre of what they refer to as the
fourth Industrial Revolution. This
gate is to play a prominent part in
the next stage of the ceremony.
Light emitting from the Gate to the
Future expands and creates a new
world. In that world everybody
communicates and interacts freely
with one another.
with one another. And here, the next
part of our ceremony. How much fun
can you have with a doorway? This,
the most exciting experience I am
sure since Monsters Inc.
JOHN HUNT: The image of a smiley
face. The world of new technology.
This is the theme of technical
innovation. This is the link to the
world. Messages are sent out to the
world from the media link. The media
link connects people and worlds.
This media link continues with a
step towards peace.
APPLAUSE AND CHEERING
timer for the speeches now. Thomas
Bach from the IOC. He will give his
speech to the Olympic community in a
few moments. First to speak, though,
is the president of the Pyeongchang
Olympic Games committee. That is
Thomas Bach. Little trip there, that
would have been interesting!
Probably been a bit awkward for
Thomas Bach in the Balotelli over
the last few weeks, with the Russian
situation. Now, he's gone the wrong
way. -- for Thomas Bach in reality.
Would not want to be at their
Christmas party, Robin!
TRANSLATION: President Moon Jae-in
and His First Lady of
the Republic of Korea, IOC
President Thomas Bach and the global
Olympic Family Members,
Royal Highnesses, Distinguished
Guests at home and abroad,
Dear Athletes and Officials from all
Participating NOC Delegations,
Spectators, Ladies and Gentlemen...
Nice to meet you, everyone!
And my warm welcome
to Pyeongchang 2018
Olympic Winter Games!
HE SPEAKS IN KOREAN
TRANSLATION: Now we are facing
the historic moments in our lifetime
opening together the 23rd
Olympic Winter Games
in Pyeongchang 2018.
Olympic Winter Games taking place
on the Korean soil in 30 years
following the Seoul 1988 Olympics
are the biggest global winter
festival participated by over 6,500
athletes and officials from 92
National Olympic Committees.
In 1948, Korean Athletes took part
in the Winter Games held in St
Moritz for the first time
in the middle of the utterly
with the Korean Government not yet
Sport has a great power to unite
people and bring together the world
in harmony and peace transcending
disputes and conflicts.
Pyongchang Games, I am confident,
will provide a light of hope
for all global citizens yearning
for peace on this planet.
In order for the Pyeongchang Games
to serve as a truly Global Festival
of Peace and Harmony,
we would like to light the fire
of Pyeongchang Olympic Flame.
Dear Athletes and Delegations,
As Baron de Pierre Coubertin,
a renovator of modern Olympic Games,
once mentioned, "The most important
thing in the Olympic Games is not
to win but to take part,
just as the most important
thing in life is not
the triumph but the struggle."
It is my ardent wish that
you keep that in mind.
All of you stand on this Olympic
stage, which means a global
confirmation that you are already
Winners and Heroes.
I say to all the athletes
gathered here today
from all around the world -
please enjoy these Games
in Pyeongchang, and play the Game,
"Faster, Higher, Stronger",
thus writing a new
chapter in history.
Dear global Olympic
During your stay in Korea,
please also show respect and warm
encouragement not only
to the winners but also to the other
athletes who embrace each other
regardless of the results
of the competitions.
Beyond "New Horizons"
of Pyeongchang 2018,
I ask you to come together
for the Olympics' Asia Era, equally
to be highlighted by Tokyo 2020
and Beijing in 2022.
Thank you very much.
Now, let me invite IOC
President Thomas Bach to deliver
a congratulatory message.
Please welcome him with
a round of warm applause.
Dear Olympic friends around the
HE SPEAKS IN FRENCH
Welcome to the Olympic Winter Games
This is the moment that we all have
been waiting for, the first Olympic
Games on snow and ice in the
Republic of Korea. This is their
moment that the Organizing
Committee, the public authorities
and so many Korean people have been
working for with great dedication
and commitment. You all can be very
proud tonight. Now is the time for
Pyeongchang. APPLAUSE AND CHEERING
thank you to everyone who has made
this moment possible. A special
thanks goes to the thousands of
volunteers who have welcome us so
HE SPEAKS KOREAN
Dear athletes, now it is your turn.
This will be the competition of your
life. Over the next days, the world
will be looking to you for
inspiration. You will inspire us all
to live together in peace and
harmony. Despite all the differences
we have. You will inspire us by
competing for the highest honour in
the Olympic spirit of excellence,
respect and fair play.
respect and fair play. You can only
really enjoy your Olympic
performance if you respect the
rules, and stay clean. Only then
will your lifelong memories all Mac
the memories of a true and worthy
While you compete with each other,
you live peacefully together in the
Olympic Village, respecting the same
rules, sharing your meals and your
emotions with your fellow athletes.
This is how you show that in sport,
we are all equal. This is how you
show the unique power of sport to
unite people. A great example of
this unifying power is the joint
march here tonight of the two teams
from the national Olympic Committees
of the Republic of Korea and the
Democratic People Through Up A Of
Korea. We thank you! -- the
democratic people's Republic of
Korea. All the athletes around me,
all the spectators here in the
stadium, and all Olympic fans
watching around the world we are all
touched by this wonderful gesture.
We all join and support you in your
message of peace, united in our
diversity, we are stronger than all
the forces that want to divide us.
Two years ago in Rio, with the first
ever refugee Olympic team, the IOC
sent a powerful message of hope to
the world. Now, in Pyeongchang,
the world. Now, in Pyeongchang, the
athletes from the two Koreas, by
marching together, send a powerful
message of peace to the world.
Let us share this Olympic experience
with the world.
HE SPEAKS KOREAN
And the now, I have the honour of
infighting the president of the
Republic of Korea, his Excellency
Moon Jae-in, to declare open the
23rd Olympic Winter Games,
Pyeongchang, Republic of Korea.
HE SPEAKS KOREAN
APPLAUSE AND CHEERING
JOHN HUNT: Thomas Bach from the IOC
talking about respect and fair play,
respect the rules and stay clean, he
said, what did you make of that,
Perfection! As an athlete it
is what you do strive for, for the
most part. I think there will always
be those who will try to get around
the rules, but you will always be
found out. This is a fantastic
moment for athletes from around the
world to be able to come together
and all Mac united.
Heading to the
conclusion, of course, of our
Opening Ceremony. The flame is to be
lit in about 15-20 minutes, as we
move onto a section hauled he is in
motion, who our five intrepid
explorers again, with candlelight,
candlelight and water, a traditional
sign of peace here in Korea. The
children will pass their candlelight
to a family, and then the light is
passed to everybody on the stage.
passed to everybody on the stage. In
keeping with Korea's vision of a
fine technological future, these
candles are controlled by 5G
wireless technology, used for the
first time ever hear.
# Imagine there's no heaven
# It's easy if you try
# No hell below us
# Above us only sky
# Imagine all the people
# Living for today
# Imagine there's no countries
# It isn't hard to do
# Nothing to kill or die for
# And no religion, too
# Imagine all the people
# Living life in peace
# You may say I'm a dreamer
# But I'm not the only one
# I hope someday you'll join us
# And the world will be as one
# Imagine no possessions
# I wonder if you can
# No need for greed or hunger
# A brotherhood of man
# Imagine all the people
# Sharing all the world
# You may say I'm a dreamer
# But I'm not the only one
# I hope someday you'll join us
# And the world will live as one
# You may say I'm a dreamer
# But I'm not the only one
# I hope someday you'll join us
# And the world
will live as one. #
# You may say I'm a dreamer
# But I'm not the only one
# I hope someday you'll join us
# And the world
will live as one. #
JOHN HUNT: The children release the
We move on to the Olympic rings.
This has been pretty much top secret
how they do this, just one aspect of
the ceremony they did not want
anybody to be aware of. The use of
augmented reality again.
100 skiers and lights from the
drones raced down to show the
existence of humans and technology
in the future.
The score from the British judge for
I am waiting
for the big finish. There has to be
a big finish.
And now, the
presentation of the Olympic flag.
Again, carried by eight famous
sporting figures. But as well as
some veterans, some youngsters as
well. Cross-Country Skiing,
dedicated his entire life to Nordic
skiing. What a moment for the
13-year-old figure skater.
13-year-old figure skater. Has
surpassed the previous record set by
Scary to think she was in Lake
Placid with you, Robin?
Yes she was.
15-year-old ice hockey player.
Member of the consonantal hockey
league in Russia.
league in Russia. Speed skater, now
44 years old, winner of the world
speed skater sprint championships
and coach of the Korean national
team in salt lake city in 2002.
Another youngster, a skier, just 16
years old. Representing in fact,
Participants in Innsbruck in 1976,
now 66. And before that in 1968 at
the Winter games in Grenoble.
As they walk, the ice follows them
around the stage.
We have had some contrast Inc music
tonight. But now, the Olympic Anthem
and I promise, this is pretty
SHE SINGS IN KOREAN
JOHN HUNT: Powerful with the Olympic
Anthem. Now, as tradition dictates,
the Olympic oath. Three
athletes, judges and coaches here.
Athletes from speed skating. One of
the judges from Snowboarding and
slope style. And the coach is from
skiing and Nordic Combined. The
three together will take the
suggestion of Olympic oath.
HE SPEAKS KOREAN
JOHN HUNT: We now look back on the
Torch Relay, the journey from the
airport to Pyeongchang lasted 101
days. Felt like my cab drive here
seven days ago! It has travelled
2018 kilometres, and along the way,
7500 torchbearers, the number chosen
to depict the 75 million people who
live in Korea. The flame was
predominantly transported by bike to
symbolise the harmony of two wheels
working together. And among the
torchbearers along the way, the
famous tae kwon do player who won
silver and bronze in London 2012 and
Rio 2016 as well. One torch bearer
even carried it...
Carried it one-handed with a trout
in the other.
Quite some journey!
MUSIC: Let Everyone Shine
Nearing the climax of our evening
now. The lighting of the Olympic
Ladies and gentlemen, the
Olympic Flame is entering the
The Olympic Flame enters
the stadium, carried by double
Olympic champion Chun Lee-kyung.
Five Chun Lee-kyung medals in total.
Chun Lee-kyung hands over to Park
In-bee, pranked in first place in
the world of Olympic Rings for 56
weeks in a row and the reigning
champion from Rio 2016. -- from the
world of golf.
world of golf. This is the
footballer who played in three World
Cups for South Korea, Ahn Jung-hwan,
the scorer of a famous old and goal
in 2002, a big goal for Korea at the
time, helping them to beat Italy. --
The theme of unity continues, as
both North Korea and Macron South
Korea are represented.
Korea are represented. From the
South, Park Jong Ah, and from North
Korea's ice hockey team, Jong Su
Again, the details of the lighting
of the Olympic Flame, one of the
hottest secrets in town.
Jong Su Hyon and Park Jong Ah climb
And now, it had to be... Gold
medallist in Vancouver, silver
medallist in Sochi.
And turned this country on its head,
one of the most revered athletes
this country has ever produced, Kim
ROBIN COUSINS: And she is so
charming and so lovely. It was a big
disappointment for many fans, she
skated beautifully but was not given
A perfect choice, Robin?
They both skated brilliantly, the
judges made their decision... I was
in the Kim Yu-na camp!
And a perfect
choice for this role?
I think so,
absolutely. She is superstar in this
Always a tremendously emotional
moment I suppose, Robin, for any
Indeed, I was fortunate
enough to carry the torch during the
relay, but to be a part of it, and
for the audience, this is now
reality, the torch has been lit, and
the Games hasn't now officially
open. And it will never cease to
give you an emotional connection,
especially if you have been
fortunate enough to be a part of the
Games as a participant.
We are not
quite over yet, though. Welcome to
the Dokkaebi. These are the dancers
dressed as Dokkaebi.
dressed as Dokkaebi. Dokkaebi live
in the forest of Gangwon Province,
they're curious, fun loving
pranksters who love music and dance
and bring blessing and excitement to
people. Here today, they deliver the
energy of the Olympic Flame to the
MUSIC CHANGES TEMPO
JOHN HUNT: Quite a climax to the
Olympic ceremony. The Games is
officially open. Robin Cousins, how
did you enjoy that?
I loved it, I am
a big firework fan and that finale
They spent much less
money on this than they did in
Sochi, but better than Sochi for
I don't remember too much about
Sochi, I remember it being indoors
and some special effects. I just
think the position of the ceremony
and the delicacy everything was laid
out, so beautifully. Nothing too
frantic, great dancing and I thought
it was very classy.
Robin, thank you
very much, enjoy your fortnight.
Thanks ever so much for watching and
I hope you enjoyed it at home. Big
thanks to Tom Reynolds, who did so
much behind-the-scenes to make it a
successful England. Good night from
Pyeongchang, enjoy The Games.
CLARE BALDING: Thank you to John and
Robin on an emotional ceremony that
was quite emotional in some parts,
Kim Yu-na who lit the cauldron with
tears in her eyes. Great way to kick
off The Games, we have great
coverage across the BBC over the 17
days. Every night at 7pm on BBC Two
we will bring you all the
highlights. If you want to stay up
into the early hours get and watch
through the morning, you can do
that. Snowboarding live tomorrow
morning at 1am and that will be the
first sport you see live. Jamie
Nicholls and Billy Morgan. Elise
Christie is in qualifying action at
10:44am tomorrow morning in the
short track event. She will be
wearing number one on her helmet.
Then the Cross-Country Skiing team,
first models will come in that and
today at The Games, 7pm. Plenty of
other sports on the BBC this
weekend. Football focus and much of
the day, highlights including the
North London derby. The six Nations
continue with Scotland against
France is live on BBC One on Sunday.
Chemmy Alcott, Amy Williams have
been with me, I do love it.
amazing, I am excited. Just the
magic of the Olympics sums it up
with the athletes coming in, looking
at the joy on their faces, all those
years of hard work, it dawns on you,
I am at the Olympics! I was so lucky
to be in Korea and carried the flame
for my 200 metres. I have the torch
back at home. To see it there, it
A lot of people have noticed
your necklace, which is this, do you
remember in Vancouver on the
mountain, there was the big, sort of
stone thing, which is your necklace.
Yes, I have my tattoo as well, my
husband made this for me. I have all
my race times. I am glad people have
Let's have a look back
at some of the highlights from the
opening ceremony. It was, I think,
wonderful from beginning to end.
Moments of comedy, drama but Robin
Cousins said about the position of
it. And the White Tiger, in a
warhorse puppetry moments, starting
this animation of the mountain
ranges. I thought that was
sensational. South Korea is the
digital hub of the world so there
was some high-tech stuff. The
lighting was brilliant. All of these
drummers, all women and an amazing
show of power, the rhythm and the
beat of it.
beat of it.
Look at that time in, it
takes hours and hours of practice.
Beijing drummers were huge, London
2012, drumming session. And the
transformation into the ying and
yang of the South Korean flag was
We said we wanted a slow
motion about because we couldn't
work out how they did it.
rendition of Imagine was different.
But we loved the dove that appeared
and Thomas Bach said it in his
speech, the message of peace and
unity and bat is central to these
games. And honestly, Kim Yu-na,
wonderful ice skater, now retired
got the honour of lighting the
flame. I did feel for the two
athletes that had to go all the way
up the steps. A giant spring will
come out of those icicles and make
its wake up to a big bowl. The
cauldron lights. There will be a
torch as well at IBC, that mountain
range. Huge cheer the Nigeria, they
make their Winter Olympics debut in
the Bobsled. It is great to see so
many countries competing and not
from the traditional mountain
regions. Really good outfits, they
got our votes. Only one outfit to
Less is more.
Bermuda, Tucker Murphy. We thought
that was brave until we saw Tonga.
He has done that summer and winter
Olympics consecutively like that.
The Olympic athletes from Russia
and, they are the clean athletes,
they have passed tests and been
regularly tested. They are the ones
we can respect. Lizzy Yarnold,
coming out ahead of the Team GB
athletes, who were having fun. Good
Very good kit.
She got into it
as well. Let's go for it.
Korean team, one flag carried by an
athlete from the south and one from
the north. It sends a bigger message
where sport can have a bigger impact
outside winning and losing races.
says it all, it is about
friendships, competing with your
fellow team-mates. Some of your
closest friends in sport are from
different nations and countries.
When I won, it was two Germans
either side and make an BATE are
your best mates. You are happy to
chose not to go or couldn't go to
the opening ceremony. Your former
team-mates, John Sun Yue a photo.
The short track speed racer is
watching. That doesn't look tasty.
Looks like they are enjoying
themselves so fingers crossed it
will be all got tomorrow.
Christie, who would beat our leading
hope of a multi-motherless, her
competition starts tomorrow. She is
in three different events, hoping,
as we all are, this can be her time.
When I am on the ice, I am free.
Speed, movement, power. On the edge,
never fully in control, no one ever
can be. The disqualification in
Sochi hurts. Not as much as the
death threats and the bullying that
came with it. Lot of abuse over the
Internet and stuff.
Internet and stuff. I thought about
never skating again. It took me two
years to get over that. It made me
suffer than I ever thought I could
be. -- tougher. I thought, I can do
this. I will do this.
this. I will do this. I am not
Elise Christie aiming to
become the first British woman...
am ready but the spotlight.
going to be tight, she has done it,
she is the world champion. Elise
Christie. Here comes a Elise
Christie on the inside. It is
another gold medal.
something to the world. One gold
medal, two gold medals, three gold
medals. When something breaks your
heart, it takes awhile to love it
again. But I smiling now.
And she is
ready to go through it, isn't she
I am so happy she is in a
great place and I am looking forward
to watching her and hopefully seen
her smile on top of the podium.
Let's look at your Olympic
predictions for the British
athletes. They have made their
predictions. Chemmy Alcott, three
gold medals, four silver medals and
three bronze medals?
Yes, I am very
optimistic, when you get an early
victory or medal in the Olympics it
channels the positive energy to the
rest of the team. I have gone quite
high, it is winter sports and you
have to take the risk. A few of them
might not come out, but I believe in
John, you are going high as
well, four gold medals, for bronze
medals, eight in total.
I can see
Elise Christie performing well and I
would like to see Lizzy Yarnold
become the double Olympic champion.
Amy, presumably she is one of your
Yes, Laura Deas, the
underdog of the skeleton. She has
been ranked fifth in the world the
whole season and I think she has a
quicker start than Lizzy Yarnold. It
is a starter track and I am not
ruling her out.
The underdog in
Vancouver, could Laura Deas be the
one who comes through in skeleton?
The action starts tonight from 1am
onwards and we will have highlights
of the opening ceremony at 7pm but
from all the team, for now, goodbye.
Clare Balding presents live coverage of the opening ceremony of the XXIII Winter Olympics from Pyeongchang, South Korea.
The Olympics return to South Korea thirty years after Seoul hosted the summer games in 1988, with over 3,000 athletes from at least 90 countries expected to descend on Pyeongchang.
Great Britain have high hopes of enjoying a successful Winter Olympics with a talented team that includes the likes of three-time short track speedskating world champion Elise Christie. Lizzy Yarnold will attempt to defend her skeleton title from Sochi 2014, one of four medals for the GB team in Russia. Snowboarding bronze medallist Jenny Jones has retired since Sochi, but Britain have a host of freestyle ski and snowboard stars ready to step into her shoes, such as Katie Ormerod and James Woods.