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Opening Ceremony

Clare Balding presents live coverage of the opening ceremony of the XXIII Winter Olympics from Pyeongchang, South Korea.


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What is this thing that enthralls

us? A frozen world, but full of

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life, massive forces at play.

Creativity, passion and delight.

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This is where sport, science and

humanity collide. And the result is

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truly spectacular. There is the

battle with gravity, those who wish

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to harness its pull, the search for

aerodynamic and technical

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superiority, with speed the ultimate

motivation. And those for whom

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gravity is the enemy. Safely down!

Where the demand for spatial

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awareness and extra sensory

perception is culpable - and

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beautiful. Wet ice is the

battlefield, but competition is

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human. The energy is intense, it is

combustible, unpredictable and

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utterly enthralling.

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utterly enthralling. This is a

marriage of old and new, tradition

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and modernism, where memories of

what has gone before shape what is

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to come. Sport, science and humanity

collide. But this is a celebration

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of all three.

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of all three. Welcome to the Winter

Olympics.

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Professor Brian Cox setting the

scene for us with the formula for

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success, and it is more than being

faster, higher or stronger - uni

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bravery, precision, flicks ability,

and the ability to fly hopes! You

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also need the old slice of luck!

This is Pyeongchang in South Korea,

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home of the 23rd Winter Olympics,

and it promises to be both the most

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spectacular and the coldest ever.

This morning the curtain rises on

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the latest episode of the greatest

show on earth. Over the next 17

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days, the BBC will slide, skate and

slalom across all our platforms as

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we bring you all the wonderful

events on snow and ice. And this is

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where we are going to be based

through the weeks ahead on BBC One

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and BBC Two. We have got a bit of a

curling rink here, we've got teddy

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bears all over the place! Fabulous

space! And I just love the delight

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of the Winter Olympics, all of the

different sports, 15 different

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sports, 102 medal events, more than

3000 competitors, it's going to be

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sensational. And lots of questions I

know you will have about the sports

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and the athletes, and you can get in

touch with us. They're nine hours

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ahead in Korea and the Opening

Ceremony is due to start at 8pm

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there time. And I have a panel of

wonderful experts with me, Chemmy

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Alcott, four times Olympian, John

Ely, Short track speed skater, who

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carried the flag four years ago in

Sochi. And Amy Williams, who was our

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skeleton champion in Vancouver, and

known as the Queen of speed. I

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wanted to ask you all, what do you

think South Korea is going to be

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like as a venue for Alpine events?

I

have never been there, which is

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really exciting for me as a fan now,

having retired. It is very unique

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because there is only the one track

downhill, so the men start on the

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track and the women take over. For

the men they want to make it really

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tough with really big jumps and

brutal speeds. The women are going

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to have to contend with that

afterwards, there is only so much

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you can do in a few days to get it

ready for them, so a I can't wait!

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John, for Short track speed skating

you couldn't get a bit of a new,

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could you?

No, it is guide to be a

real buzz in the arena, the crowd

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are really knowledgeable, it is one

of their number one sports over

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there. It is going to be such a

fantastic experience for our guys.

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Amy, what about the sliding track?

Well, it is brand-new, it has been

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built just for these Games, the

athletes have had just a World Cup

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last year and three weeks of

training. It will be who can get up

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there and remember their notes from

the previous year and who can learn

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the corners in the quickest time. It

is a very challenging track with

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some steep uphills, some wonky lines

of! Very technical! It is going to

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be interesting to see who can

perform.

So much to look forward to,

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and so much excitement ahead.

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and so much excitement ahead. Elise

Christie is Britain's brightest hope

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of a gold-medal, and she has got

unfinished business after the

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despair of disco litigation in

Sochi. - Yarnold carries the flag

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for the biggest winter GB team ever

assembled. We will discuss medal

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chances and the biggest names of the

Games. And Matthew Pinsent takes the

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temperature in Korea in every

aspect, looking at Russia, doping

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and the relationship between the

South and the north. It's going to

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make headlines one way or another,

isn't it? Let's start our education

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with a little bit of geography. If

you take off from London it takes

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you about 11 hours to fly to Seoul,

going over Russia and Mongolia and

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China. The population is 51 million

and Pyeongchang is east of Seoul, it

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is not a city all resort, it is a

region with about 40,000 people

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living there, popular in the summer

for golf and walking and skiing in

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the winter. It is only about 50

miles from the border with North

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Korea. Back in 1958 Seoul hosted the

Summer Games and it began with a

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memorable Opening Ceremony and among

the stars for Team GB where Andy

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Holmes and Steve Redgrave is double

breaststroke swimmer Adrian

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Moorhouse, who won gold, shooter

Malcolm Cooper and the men's hockey

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team with Sean Curley, they won gold

as well. And most famously, or

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infamously, Ben Johnson's disco

litigation in the men's 100 metres.

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They've spent about $13 billion on

these Games, which is cheap compared

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to Sochi - Russia spent 50 billion

on that! The Opening Ceremony is

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only about half an hour away. Inside

the Pyeongchang Olympic Stadium will

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be doled medal winning figure

skating champion from 1980 Robin

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Cousins and our master of

ceremonies, John Hunt. Yes, welcome

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to the Olympic Stadium, it is

getting quite chilly here. I am

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delighted to be with you tonight,

Robin Cousins - what other

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components of a really good

ceremony?

Grandi, Pomp and

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circumstance, and for me the most

important thing is that all the

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colour comes together when the

athletes get their team gear on and

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get to stand out there as united

Olympians and think about what

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they're going to do over the next

two weeks!

And we are willing the

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great British team on.

Of course!

How are they feeling?

I think they

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are all ready to go, but there is

nothing like it when you get to put

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the gear on for the first time and

you realise that you are part of a

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united team, no matter what sport

you're doing, getting out here. I

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think everyone is in great spirit,

so far everything has been organised

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brilliantly, so let's hope that

everybody, especially the Brits,

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have a great Games!

Have you got

your long johns on?

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your long johns on?

I do, yes!

And

stand-by as well for an old

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favourite to sing along to later

run! Do you think that means Gangnam

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Style?! It has got to be, hasn't

it?! It is a horsey song, it is all

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about horses! It's going to be cult,

and obviously, most Winter Olympics

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are cold, I think we got spoiled in

Sochi with it being sunbathing

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temperatures did all they have got

heated seats in the stadium - how

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much of an issue is it for athletes,

did you go to opening ceremonies?

I

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went to four Olympics and I only

went to the one Opening Ceremony. I

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decided that psychologically, it

being my last Games, I needed to go,

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I needed to feel part of it, it was

bigger than me as an individual

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sport, I wanted to feel that five,

but semi times the athletes don't

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go. What you don't see is that

behind-the-scenes, you're standing

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there for hours like sardines. It's

not very glamorous. And it is

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extremely cold which is not

fantastic for the event.

And John,

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you had the honour four years ago

and you were voted for by your

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team-mates?

Yes, that is a special

part of it, getting to lead your

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team-mates out is such an honour and

something - Yarnold said yesterday,

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it's not expect it and it's not

something you dream about so when it

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comes along it's really special.

And

Amy Williams, you have done it at a

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closing ceremony?

Yes, Vancouver,

having won my gold, they wanted me

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to do it. When you walk into that

Opening Ceremony, that is the moment

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that it hits you - I am an Olympian.

You've watched it on to TV semi

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times and there you are behind the

flag and the emotional hits you.

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It's just phenomenal. But if it is

going to affect your performance, or

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your competition is really close,

then you won't go and stand for

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hours and watch it - you have to

make that choice.

And the

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performance which earned you the

right to be carrying that flag, this

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was you in Vancouver. You were

talking about how the athletes will

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have to learn the track and get to

know its personality?

Yes, so, the

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athletes only will have trained for

three days and they have got to

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learn 16 Corners. And the track here

is brand-new so they don't know it

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very well, they will have their

track notes from the previous year.

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I spoke to the coach this morning,

and asked him about the track, and

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it is very unique. The top four

faunas are already at 100km/h, so

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the drop and the gradient is really

steep. -- the top four corners. They

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have that amazing push at the start,

which our girls and guys are

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phenomenal at. And then perfecting

the corners in the middle section,

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exiting the straight properly, and

then it drops again into corner 15

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but the last corner is a really

steep incline. If you make a mistake

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there you could lose a lot of vital

time.

There has been a lot of

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investment into skeleton as a sport,

and rewarded with Alex Cooper, with

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you and - Yarnold following your

tracks.

Four years ago she was so

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dominant in all four runs, wasn't

she? Yes, and I think

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she? Yes, and I think for -, she

really loves the competition. She

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really wants to drive to get another

medal, she wants to be the first

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Briton to get the two medals. She

hasn't quite had the season she

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hoped for, but sometimes you have to

play around with equipment,

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sometimes you might have just lost

it a bit in the head. But she's

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strong, she's ready, her and Laura

are both out there, they both have

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phenomenal starts and a great team

and we know how to win in skeleton,

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we know the formula and we can

produce.

And she is a great big day

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performer and she has real presence,

she looks like a champion when she

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walks in the room, and she will look

like a champion tonight as she

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carries the flag. She's been talking

about the honour of being selected,

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with Matthew Pinsent.

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So, you've been chosen as flag

bearer - what kind of honour is

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that?

It is an honour that I had

never really thought about but it

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means so much as in the flag

represents the whole team, and we as

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a team represent everyone in Great

Britain who have watched us, who

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have supported us, you know, for our

parents to watch us on the TV

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screen, our grandparents watching at

home, that is THE moment, your skin

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tingles and the emotion begins.

Did

you fly here thinking it was a

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possibility that you could be flag

bearer?

I don't think I did think

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about it too much because I knew

that I wanted to go to the Opening

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Ceremony regardless of whether I was

the flag bearer or not, I wanted to

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be part of the team. We don't get

here by ourselves and to march with

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the others, it is a really fantastic

moment.

It's going to be amazing. I

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think it will make her quite

emotional as well. Can't wait for

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the Opening Ceremony, but, of

course, the build-up to these Games

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has not just been about the athletes

training hard, Katie Ormerod having

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her injury, which we will talk about

in a moment, it has also been about

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doping and about Russia, were they

in or out, and it has been about

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tensions between South Korea and

North Korea - it is the most heavily

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patrolled border in the world. And

taking on those issues, you need a

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man who can deal with anything, so

here's Matthew again!

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Every edition of the Olympic Games

is going to have its challenges, but

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it seems as if Pyeongchang is taking

it to a whole new level.

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And let's be honest, relations with

North Korea has been appalling.

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North Korea said they would send a

delegation to the Winter games to

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compete. Are we on the eve of some

Korean goodwill?

I have been doing

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Korea for 30 years and I cannot

recall a situation that was so

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danger is in the last if.

The

tension between South and North is

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becoming more sophisticated and a

little bit dangers, especially for

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our side of the Korean peninsulas.

All this reconciliation is not going

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to last long, because the United

States would be deadly opposing, any

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kind of economic interaction between

two Koreas.

The Korean citizens has

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the same history we are one unity,

one people, one Nation. We are

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rooting for both

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rooting for both teams, Korea and

North.

Questions in the rest of the

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world, including in Britain remain,

about attending The Games at all.

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You have got to remember it is the

athletes, they don't choose where

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The Games goes, it is the pinnacle

of their career and they want to be

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here so it is up to us to make sure

we are here as long as we can

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guarantee their safety.

Another

problem the Olympic authorities are

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having to deal with is that of

Russia and their doping. This

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started at the last Winter Olympics

in Sochi in 2014, but recently, it

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has come to ahead.

Russia has been

banned from competing at next year's

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Winter Olympics in South Korea.

It

follows allegations state-sponsored

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doping. The arbitration for sport

has upheld appeals from 28 of those

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banned Russian athletes, which

leaves a lot of questions. The only

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person who can Ansah them is is the

president of the IOC, Thomas backed.

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Do you have any regrets about the

intervening four years and the way

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the IOC has handled this?

No, we

issued the toughest sanction which

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we can issue on an national Olympic

Committee. This is the exclusion

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from the Olympic Games.

But the IOC

did clear 169 athletes, who they

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judged to be drug-free, they compete

under an Olympic flag with neutral

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kit and the national anthem if they

win.

We gave a new and young

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generation of Russian athletes the

opportunity to be invited, to show

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the Russians that it pays off to be

clean.

In one final chapter to the

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Russians trying to get to

Pyeongchang, a further 32 athletes

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this week challenge their bands. But

hours ahead of the opening ceremony,

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they were dismissed, stating the IOC

were within their rights to block

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them from competing. No one is naive

enough to think Winter Olympics is

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going to solve all the world's

sporting or political problems, but

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with world-class events about to

begin, hopefully we can all take a

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17 day break from them.

I think that would be the wish. And

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the Olympic athletes from Russia is

the fourth biggest team competing.

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USA being the biggest team, 241.

Canada, 226. Switzerland, then OAR

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and

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and then Germany, Japan, South

Africa and then Great Britain. We

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have lost Katie Ormerod, who one

would have hoped would have been a

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chance for a medal?

This is the

nature of winter sport, everything

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they do is on the limit. There is a

fine line between ultimate success

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and disaster. She is out there

training, she has got to feel the

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speed of it but she judged it wrong

and you see the consequences of it.

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My heart goes out for her because

the most brutal timing.

Fractured

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heel and she was operated on this

morning. She put a photo up of the

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two pins that have gone in. Let's

have a look at what she has showed.

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The poor thing, it is just desperate

timing. She is looking cheery and I

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know winter athletes...

She is young

and she will be back. Let's focus on

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the positive, if there is one.

Look

at those screws, they are big. So no

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Katie Ormerod, let's take a look at

some of the British athletes we hope

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can bring medals home with them.

Weeks, months and years spent on ice

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just to disappear in a blur or an

error. Elise Christie disqualified

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over all three speed essences in

Sochi brought her close to quitting,

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but now a world record holder in

them all. Drama doesn't always

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unfold a high speed. The slow story

of curling glory grip is in 2002.

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Good Rhona Martin and team be

followed by Eve Muirhead who were

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third last year? Upon the mountain,

where an eagle once dead, nobody

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could jump like Eddie. But David

Riding learned his craft in

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Lancashire and won a silver medal on

the World Cup circuit last year.

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Andrew Musgrave made the spring

quarter final, but skis, in his own

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words, like a tranquillised Badger.

He is a more competitive

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cross-country animal this time.

James Woods and Katie Summerhayes

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have one medal since Sochi. So

success is expected from the style

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icons. Rocky times in British

Bobsled, a sport used to bumps, but

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an outside medal from the four-man

crews. Who can forget Lizzy Yarnold,

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four years on from her gold medal in

Sochi, this time, head team-mate,

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Laura Deas has become faster. Lizzie

has spent time away from the sport

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for reasons of choice and health, it

has been a roller-coaster but this

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is her favourite part of the ride.

I have brought loads of teddy bears

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back and that is what I have

contributed. Elise Christie, we need

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to talk about the woman he was one

of the big headlines from Sochi

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because of what didn't happen and

what could happen this time,

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disqualified in three races four

years ago?

It was really tough for

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her and see it play out as a

team-mate, I was trying to focus on

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my performance, but you could see

the motion she was going through. It

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was hard and I can understand how

she has had to come back from that.

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Seeing it unfolds and the guys

around her at the time, it was

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difficult for the team. She has had

some ups and downs, but most

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importantly she is going there as a

world champion.

Three World

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Championship gold medals and one of

them was the overall title. I saw

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her last week and she told me, it

was redemption. In her head she is

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saying no pressure, I have done it,

I have proved myself the best in the

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world. Winter Olympics, she says she

is doing for the fans, friends and

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family.

I can see that, she has the

love back for the sport. She said

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she found it difficult for the next

12 months after Sochi. But now she

0:23:020:23:07

is enjoying herself. Some of the

clips before, she talks about

0:23:070:23:11

chatting to competitors and she is

excited about these games and

0:23:110:23:14

integrate plays. I cannot wait.

I so

want her to get something and the

0:23:140:23:22

trouble is, Short Track Speed

Skating is really random. This is

0:23:220:23:27

her timetable. Saturday, tomorrow,

she has 500 metres and then the

0:23:270:23:34

quarterfinals, semifinals and the

final, we hope, on Tuesday. That

0:23:340:23:38

will be on our morning show.

0:23:380:23:41

final, we hope, on Tuesday. That

will be on our morning show.

0:23:410:23:46

will be on our morning show. Then

she switches to the 1500 metres. And

0:23:460:23:50

then the 1000 metres, is her

favourite, you would think? That'll

0:23:500:23:54

be the last one?

She would say the

500 metres because it is shorter and

0:23:540:24:01

over and done with quickly, but the

1000 metres, she will be up for that

0:24:010:24:05

one.

She talks about learning to

embrace failure. After she got

0:24:050:24:11

disqualified from Sochi, she played

safe in the World Cup and

0:24:110:24:15

Championships after that, just get a

medal, don't fall over. Now she goes

0:24:150:24:20

to the edge again.

You can see that

in the way she talks in training,

0:24:200:24:25

she is going to the game is looking

to win. If you can win three gold

0:24:250:24:29

medals, that is what she is going

for. It will be amazing, history

0:24:290:24:34

made. But she is going to compete

and win and she has great

0:24:340:24:40

competitors from Korea, China and

Canada. She wants to push them.

It's

0:24:400:24:45

like Lindsey Vonn said, she does all

or

0:24:450:24:48

like Lindsey Vonn said, she does all

or nothing?

These iconic sports

0:24:480:24:50

stars, a silver is almost failing.

You cannot come back from the

0:24:500:24:56

Olympics and be dissatisfied with

the performance if you have

0:24:560:24:58

competed. If you have gone and

charged and gone for the gold and

0:24:580:25:02

crushed out, it is so much better.

Speaking Team Lindsey, she exudes, I

0:25:020:25:07

am going to go and win or I will

crash. She has to find the boundary

0:25:070:25:14

of her limit and she will go towards

it.

Let's look at the areas Team GB

0:25:140:25:21

are hoping to succeed and whether

funding has gone. This is the best

0:25:210:25:26

funded

0:25:260:25:27

funding has gone. This is the best

funded British Winter Olympic team.

0:25:270:25:29

The target in curling, you can only

get a maximum of two medals. We just

0:25:290:25:36

missed qualification for the mixed

event. Snowboarding, two, three

0:25:360:25:42

medals. Skeleton, top eight or one

medal?

They are going after not

0:25:420:25:48

quite desired performance of Lizzy

Yarnold last year. But they are in

0:25:480:25:51

the top seven positions.

That is the

best funded sport and a lot of money

0:25:510:25:57

going into the technology behind it.

Bobsled, and we hope will get a gold

0:25:570:26:04

medal after the disqualification of

two of the Russian teens. And Short

0:26:040:26:09

Track, we would think they would

come from Elise and Figure Skating.

0:26:090:26:19

We also have two new members from

BBC team and that is Jenny Jones

0:26:190:26:32

We also have two new members from

BBC team and that is Jenny Jones and

0:26:320:26:32

Radzi Chinyanganya. Claire, thank

you very much indeed. We might not

0:26:320:26:38

be able to feel our cheeks, but the

opening ceremony is just around the

0:26:380:26:43

corner. I am joined by Jenny Jones.

Katie Ormerod, gutting?

I am

0:26:430:26:51

devastated for her. She did her

wrist and then her foot. She is 20

0:26:510:26:58

years old, still a youngster. It is

extreme sport and these things

0:26:580:27:03

always happen.

So in Beijing, she

could be back?

Absolutely.

Four

0:27:030:27:10

years ago, it was your magical

moment?

This was the day I put the

0:27:100:27:16

medal around my neck and it was a

proud moment. It is good to watch

0:27:160:27:20

the other athletes compete.

Now you

are back as a pundit, how is that?

0:27:200:27:28

Definitely less stress, but great to

cheer them on.

Coming up as the

0:27:280:27:33

opening ceremony, the lights and the

stadium but glorious, you were

0:27:330:27:37

inside waving the Team GB flag, what

was it like?

Walking through those

0:27:370:27:42

doors initially, then it opens up to

a huge and magnificent stadium.

0:27:420:27:47

Proud moment. We are very excited

here, just a case of getting inside.

0:27:470:27:55

I think you will have to dance right

through to keep yourselves warned.

0:27:550:28:00

Beautifully lit up, I think that is

the sliding track on the top left

0:28:000:28:05

with the lights.

Ski Jumping.

You

can see the Ski Jumping definitely.

0:28:050:28:17

This is the buzz. I know none of you

are competing this time but do you

0:28:170:28:22

still get excited?

All the time,

once an athlete, you are always an

0:28:220:28:27

athlete. When I fly out there and

Monday I am going to go to the

0:28:270:28:31

track. Something inside of me will

want me to grab somebody sled. I get

0:28:310:28:40

so emotional when I watched

different sports, when I watch my

0:28:400:28:45

sport, there is something of you

still there.

You almost hope when

0:28:450:28:50

you retire you can suppress the

addiction to Adrenaline, but you

0:28:500:28:54

can't. Amy and I have become

mothers, but it is still there.

We

0:28:540:28:59

are going to feel the excitement as

we build up to The Games starting

0:28:590:29:04

with the opening ceremony. We will

hand you over to South Korea and

0:29:040:29:07

Robin Cousins with John Hunt.

A very warm welcome to the Olympic

0:29:070:29:15

Stadium, Pyeongchang. We are almost

set to go, Robin Cousins watching

0:29:150:29:20

alongside me. I know it is cold

outside and security queues are long

0:29:200:29:24

getting in, I would have thought the

stadium would have been packed by

0:29:240:29:27

now, but it is not?

There are a few

empty seats. There is an empty

0:29:270:29:33

chunk, which we presume are reserved

for the athletes when they come in.

0:29:330:29:37

It has filled in the last 15, 20

minutes quite dramatically. It is

0:29:370:29:42

going to be very cold out there, but

we have been told the seats are

0:29:420:29:45

heated.

It wasn't a particularly

cold day, it was only just in minus

0:29:450:29:52

territory. When we arrived last week

it was minus 20. They said it might

0:29:520:29:58

get warmer?

Supposedly, we will see.

We don't want the ice to melt.

0:29:580:30:08

Claire was right, that was the ice

Centre and the sliding track. So

0:30:080:30:14

much to look forward to as the light

strop and we take you on a journey.

0:30:140:30:20

Time travel, very much one of the

themes tonight and you will see all

0:30:200:30:26

the Winter games depicted on this

bit of tape, ending with Pyeongchang

0:30:260:30:31

and those of you with eagle eyes

will no

0:30:310:30:37

will no doubt spot Unichem holding

the poster.

We took about the

0:30:370:30:51

content of the show and how it is

taking place. The stadium was built

0:30:510:30:56

specifically for these games. It

combines a combination of different

0:30:560:30:59

geometric shapes which represents

heaven, earth and mankind,

0:30:590:31:05

respectively. Immers presents

harmony and convergence which is the

0:31:050:31:10

founding ideals of traditional

Korean values.

Some important

0:31:100:31:18

landmarks. People wait with great

anticipation for the opening of the

0:31:180:31:26

Winter games 2018.

0:31:260:31:32

Silence across the stadium,

darkness, and here we go, the

0:31:330:31:40

countdown, then, upon us. This is

the Bell of Peace, the bell of the

0:31:400:31:49

Sangwon Temple, and according to

legend the sound of this bell

0:31:490:31:57

brought peace.

0:31:570:32:01

COUNTDOWN

0:32:100:32:11

BELL SOUNDS

0:32:160:32:24

The stage turns completely to ice.

0:32:270:32:37

There's those shots again, the

vented in shape, the Olympic rings

0:32:370:32:44

let up, with the Sliding Center in

the background. Fireworks already

0:32:440:32:50

away.

0:32:500:32:55

away. 35,000 expect to do the in

here.

We were walking over the

0:32:590:33:06

bridges to come to the venue, and

the firework blocks were frozen into

0:33:060:33:11

the river.

0:33:110:33:16

the river.

So, as I say, a journey,

five children we will see throughout

0:33:160:33:24

the night tonight, travelling from

the past to future, as they learn

0:33:240:33:28

about the history and culture of

their land and find answers to the

0:33:280:33:33

question of peace, following their

journey as they discover peace.

A

0:33:330:33:40

place where nature and people live

in harmony.

0:33:400:33:48

ROBIN COUSINS: Each child

representing one of the five

0:33:580:34:05

elements, fire,

0:34:050:34:10

elements, fire, water, wood and

Earth, which are believed to make up

0:34:110:34:18

the universe.

JOHN HUNT: Images of 22 Korean

0:34:180:34:31

treasures.

0:34:310:34:41

The sundial. The guilt bronze

incense burner. And children filled

0:34:440:34:53

with wonderment.

0:34:530:34:58

The Four Guardians coming to life,

we will see them on the stage

0:35:120:35:15

shortly. All symbolic of the ancient

Koreans' hope for par. That White

0:35:150:35:32

Tiger will lead the children, now,

in front of the thousands here in

0:35:320:35:39

the stadium, on the first leg of

their journey. I can tell you a

0:35:390:35:47

little bit about the children here.

As you say, Robin, they represent

0:35:470:35:50

the various elements.

And the

colours of the five children's

0:35:500:35:59

costumes also symbolise the

elements, fire, water, wood, metal

0:35:590:36:07

and Earth.

0:36:070:36:15

and Earth.

Puri in blue and Nuri in

yellow...

Also representing and

0:36:150:36:23

symbolising the five colours of the

Olympic Rings.

The tiger makes its

0:36:230:36:30

way to the centre of the stage.

0:36:300:36:39

way to the centre of the stage. They

transform into the mountain range

0:36:390:36:47

which begins at Mount Baekdu, the

very backbone of the region.

0:36:470:36:56

The White Tiger and the children to

be joined now by a vast array of

0:37:060:37:14

wonderful animals and plants, of

land and water. Wild bore, deer,

0:37:140:37:24

flowers, butterflies.

0:37:240:37:34

And now, week get our first look at

a character from the creation myth,

0:38:390:38:49

and according to the myth she was a

bear but after praying for 100 days

0:38:490:38:58

she became a woman and gave birth to

a son, the founder of the Korean

0:38:580:39:05

nation.

0:39:050:39:14

nation. Her name is Ung-nyeo. Two

additional characters join the

0:39:140:39:21

stage, the Phoenix and the curious

half man, half bird. The Phoenix, a

0:39:210:39:30

mythical animal. A bird that lives

1000 years and flies between heaven

0:39:300:39:37

and earth. The Koreans believe that

the Phoenix would appear only during

0:39:370:39:44

peaceful times have.

0:39:440:39:54

The image for you at home pretty

spectacular, and it would be fair to

0:41:010:41:11

say less so in the stadium, we can't

appreciate the effect.

0:41:110:41:22

And time for some formal

introductions. Firstly, the

0:41:310:41:36

president, Moon Jae-in. Moon Jae-in

was sworn in following his victory

0:41:360:41:46

in 2017, the election, to replace

the country's first female

0:41:460:41:54

president, who was impeached at the

time, the less said about that, the

0:41:540:41:59

better, I suppose. And with

President Moon Jae-in, Thomas Bach,

0:41:590:42:05

the president of the IOC.

0:42:050:42:15

the president of the IOC. The

children look pleased to see him!

0:42:150:42:22

And of course we will hear from both

of them later on.

0:42:220:42:30

of them later on. President Moon

Jae-in, actually the son of North

0:42:300:42:32

Korean refugees. He took office at a

time of great tensions bridged to an

0:42:320:42:40

extent still persist today. Despite

the theme of unification between

0:42:400:42:44

north and south to Robin?

Well,

certainly the audience here are

0:42:440:42:51

crying at the fact that unification

is happening in this stadium

0:42:510:42:54

tonight, with this ceremony.

0:42:540:43:00

tonight, with this ceremony. And a

longer-term truce is expected and

0:43:030:43:05

hoped for, but certainly the crowd

here feel very honoured and blessed

0:43:050:43:09

that these two great countries are

coming together.

0:43:090:43:16

coming together.

And the athletes of

north and south will be parading

0:43:190:43:26

together in the Parade Of Athletes,

which will begin fairly shortly.

0:43:260:43:31

More lovely

0:43:310:43:36

More lovely shots and great

anticipation of great competition

0:43:380:43:39

over the next two weeks.

0:43:390:43:45

The stage is being read set, and

from what I can see from here, it is

0:43:580:44:02

going to be worth the wait!

I think

after a gentle start, Robin, I think

0:44:020:44:07

it is fair to say that things get a

little bit more lively now, as we

0:44:070:44:13

move to a stage of the evening

called the Light From The Beginning.

0:44:130:44:21

And we will hear the sound of

janggo. Many of you will remember

0:44:210:44:28

the use of drums from the Beijing

Games in 2008. So, the janggo drums

0:44:280:44:38

appear centrestage. The drummers

express the life force and the

0:44:380:44:44

balance between the two opposing

forces... Spectators tonight were

0:44:440:44:54

given a little drum to justice

participate in this part of the

0:44:540:45:00

evening. The janggo is a traditional

drum and the left and right side of

0:45:000:45:09

the drum are covered with different

leathers to produce different

0:45:090:45:14

sounds.

0:45:140:45:18

RYTHMIC DRUMBEAT

0:45:460:45:51

that is always going to be popular.

The transformation between blue and

0:47:170:47:24

red, the Ying and Yang.

0:47:240:47:33

The South Korean flag.

0:47:400:47:45

Ladies and gentlemen, the national

flag of the Republic of Korea.

0:47:450:47:51

The flag will now be paraded.

Carried by eight very popular

0:47:520:48:00

sporting Korean figures. Some very

young.

0:48:000:48:17

Jin Sun-yu, a three-time gold

medallist from 2006.

0:48:380:48:48

Pak Se-ri, the golfer. Still a

symbol of hope to many Koreans. He

0:48:550:49:00

is the Korean coach to the golf

team. Officiated in that role in Rio

0:49:000:49:07

games.

0:49:070:49:16

games. Lee Seung-ye, baseball. 41

years of age, legend in baseball.

0:49:160:49:32

Hwang Young-jo, from the sport of

marathon running. Doesn't look like

0:49:340:49:37

he has done it for a while.

Barcelona medallist.

0:49:370:49:49

Also, the first female Olympic

medallist in golf.

0:49:520:50:08

Lim O-kyeon, Gold medallist in

Athens, getting a great reception.

0:50:140:50:27

And Ha Hyeong-ju, from the world of

judo. He was the gold medallist in

0:50:270:50:34

Los Angeles in 1984.

0:50:340:50:45

The costumes they are wearing are

based on the traditional Korean

0:50:460:50:52

winter attire. Very effective, don't

you think?

They look absolutely

0:50:520:50:59

wonderful.

0:50:590:51:04

wonderful.

Handing over now to The

Traditional Guard of Honour. They

0:51:050:51:11

were created following the tradition

of royal bodyguards who protected

0:51:110:51:18

and escorted the King. A function,

ordinarily conducted at state

0:51:180:51:30

ceremonies.

0:51:300:51:36

TRANSLATION: Ladies and gentlemen,

please stand for the national anthem

0:51:480:51:51

of the Republic of Korea,

performed by the Rainbow

0:51:510:51:55

Children's Choir.

0:51:550:52:01

The rain bow choir was founded in

2009 with 75 children from

0:52:010:52:10

multicultural families. They will

now saying the national anthem to

0:52:100:52:17

send out a message of harmony

through their music.

0:52:170:52:24

# Donghae mulgwa baegdusan-i maleugo

dalhdolog

0:52:370:52:45

# haneunim-i bouhasa ulinala manse

mugunghwa samcheonli hwalyeogangsan

0:52:450:52:53

# daehansalam daehan-eulo gil-i

bojeonhase

0:53:000:53:08

# namsan wie jeo sonamu cheolgab-eul

duleun deus

0:53:110:53:17

# balamseoli bulbyeonham-eun uli

gisang-ilse

0:53:170:53:25

The early part of this ceremony. Now

the centrepiece, for much of the

0:53:440:53:49

next hour the parade of athletes.

0:53:490:54:02

TRANSLATION: Ladies and gentlemen,

please welcome the athletes

0:54:040:54:06

of the Pyeongchang 2018

Olympic Winter Games!

0:54:060:54:14

Nearly 2.5 billion people worldwide

expected to watch The Games.

0:54:230:54:28

Traditionally, Greece begin the

parade, home of the Olympic

0:54:280:54:32

movement. They always had the parade

and they are represented by four

0:54:320:54:37

athletes, two Alpine Skiing is an

two Cross-Country Skiing is.

0:54:370:54:47

Officials of course, war with the

athletes as well.

0:54:470:54:52

This is quite a character from

Ghana.

0:54:560:55:10

Ghana. He has been waiting for this

moment for so long. He went to the

0:55:100:55:13

Netherlands as a youngster and his

wish was to, in track and field,

0:55:130:55:21

become an athlete the Netherlands.

He is making them best of his moment

0:55:210:55:31

in the limelight.

0:55:310:55:41

in the limelight. Nigeria, their

flag

0:55:410:55:46

flag bearer is from the sports of

bobsleigh. Of course, that is the

0:55:460:55:50

big headline here. It will be the

first African bobsleigh team to

0:55:500:55:59

appear at a Winter Olympics.

0:55:590:56:09

Zapata, they appeared in the 1960

Winter Olympics, but didn't return

0:56:110:56:17

until the end of apartheid in 1994.

-- South Africa.

0:56:170:56:28

He is studying in the United States

of America. He finished 54th in the

0:56:280:56:35

giant slalom in last year's

championships. The Netherlands,

0:56:350:56:43

Sochi sold them win their best ever

tally. One of those medals came in

0:56:430:56:50

long track speed skating. A tally of

23 medals, including eight of the 12

0:56:500:56:57

gold medals on offer. They have 105

gold medals in long track Speed

0:56:570:57:07

Skating.

0:57:070:57:16

Skating. Here come Norway. The most

prolific of all the Winter Olympic

0:57:160:57:22

nations, they have won more medals

than any other. 329. Their flag

0:57:220:57:31

bearer is a four-time gold

medallist.

0:57:310:57:43

The King of Biathlon was hoping to

qualify for Pyeongchang aged 44, but

0:57:520:58:00

he failed the selection.

0:58:000:58:06

New Zealand, at the 2006 Olympics,

their tally of medals ranked them

0:58:060:58:13

third in the world behind Granada

and the Bahamas. New Zealand came

0:58:130:58:17

agonisingly close to a second ever

Olympic medal in such you with Josie

0:58:170:58:24

Wells finishing fourth. He is one of

four brothers.

0:58:240:58:38

four brothers. They were all hoping

to represent their country here, but

0:58:380:58:48

only three of them. Denmark have

only ever won one Winter Olympic

0:58:480:58:56

medal in history. Full marks if you

remember the women's curling team

0:58:560:59:03

from 1998.

0:59:030:59:13

Yet there summer Olympics tally is

193. Germany, 154 in strength, they

0:59:160:59:23

sit third on the all-time Winter

Olympic leaders medal. Watch of

0:59:230:59:28

course for the sliders.

0:59:280:59:34

course for the sliders. Luge starts

tomorrow.

0:59:380:59:44

tomorrow. Their flag bearer has won

the last five overall World Cup

0:59:440:59:47

titles.

0:59:470:59:57

There were nearly 100,000

applications to volunteer at these

1:00:221:00:24

Olympics are. One

1:00:241:00:30

Olympics are. One athlete here, A5

our flight from Sydney, to the

1:00:311:00:33

north-west of Australia. And this is

their Alpine skier carrying the flag

1:00:331:00:38

for them, once again, their only

representative. He has great tales

1:00:381:00:42

to tell when he appeared in Sochi

and more importantly when he

1:00:421:00:47

returned home, treated like a king,

he said! Government ministers

1:00:471:00:50

falling over themselves to greet

him, and Miss Timor as well took an

1:00:501:00:58

interest! Latvia next, a strong

nation, a team of 34. Enjoyed their

1:00:581:01:06

best ever Winter Olympics in Sochi

four years ago, getting four medals.

1:01:061:01:11

Their skeleton star was the standout

name, but he was beaten by a

1:01:111:01:24

Canadian in Sochi.

1:01:241:01:29

Lebanon next, their flag bearer is a

cross-country skier.

1:01:411:01:49

cross-country skier. Lebanon's

representation has almost

1:01:491:01:51

exclusively come in Alpine skiing.

And two of their three strong team

1:01:511:01:58

in Korea are Alpine skiers.

1:01:581:02:08

Next, the largest of the bulk in

countries, Romania. 50 years ago in

1:02:081:02:14

Grenoble, Romania, despite appearing

at all but two Winter Olympics, won

1:02:141:02:20

their solitary medal and it came in

the two-man bob. They have not got

1:02:201:02:32

anywhere near the podium since.

1:02:321:02:42

anywhere near the podium since. So

many youngsters carrying the flag,

1:02:421:02:45

and Luxembourg is a case in point,

this is an 18-year-old Alpine

1:02:451:02:58

this is an 18-year-old Alpine skier,

Matthieu Osch.

1:02:581:03:03

Lithuania next, the largest and most

southerly of the three Baltic

1:03:211:03:25

republics, it was the first Republic

to break away from the Soviet Union

1:03:251:03:31

in March 1990 and their national

sport is basket all. They won bronze

1:03:311:03:36

medals in that sport on three

occasions. When you have yet to win

1:03:361:03:41

a Winter Olympic medal, although

they did win four the Summer

1:03:411:03:45

Olympics in Rio.

1:03:451:03:55

Olympics in Rio. Lichtenstein, and

their Alpine skier looks a good bet

1:03:551:04:01

to banish her Winter Olympic demons

with a debut medal here in South

1:04:011:04:05

Korea. She has missed the last two

Games through injury, the second of

1:04:051:04:09

which came during a training run at

the Sochi Olympics but she did win

1:04:091:04:17

Super-G silver in the championships

in summer rates are. Her parents

1:04:171:04:21

have a CV which includes eight World

Cup crystal globes, 39 World Cup

1:04:211:04:28

wins, five World Championship titles

and two Olympic golds. No pressure

1:04:281:04:33

there, then, to! Madagascar, one of

several countries represented by

1:04:331:04:40

just one athlete. And this is their

Alpine skier. She will be their

1:04:401:04:47

first ever Winter Olympic athlete,

and only their second winter

1:04:471:04:54

Olympian ever.

ROBIN COUSINS: Malaysia next, and it

1:04:541:05:02

is their figure skater who is

carrying the flag, and this is their

1:05:021:05:07

Winter Olympics debut in

Pyeongchang. As a 12-year-old boy,

1:05:071:05:12

he was sent to a figure skating camp

right here in Pyeongchang. Is older

1:05:121:05:17

brother is also a figure skater and

his mother became president of the

1:05:171:05:21

figure Skating Association to make

sure that her children could train

1:05:211:05:26

properly, and I saw her face when he

qualified last summer at Games, and

1:05:261:05:30

it was a picture!

Nice story as well

about Mexico, the Alpine skier has

1:05:301:05:40

an interesting story to tell. She

competed for the United States at

1:05:401:05:44

four Winter Olympics with a best

finish of tenth in the slalom in

1:05:441:05:48

Turin in 2006. Now she is 38 and out

of retirement, this time

1:05:481:05:55

representing the homeland of her

husband. Monaco, well, the Prince of

1:05:551:06:03

Monaco represented his country in

the bobsleigh in five Winter

1:06:031:06:07

Olympics dreamed 9088 and 2002, his

best finish was 25th and that was in

1:06:071:06:11

the two-man event. His last

appearance, insult like city, came

1:06:111:06:16

just three years before he succeeded

his father to become Monaco's

1:06:161:06:20

reigning monarch. Morocco and their

team includes the first Alpine skier

1:06:201:06:32

representing an African nation to

win gold at the Winter youth Olympic

1:06:321:06:35

Games. He did that by claiming

victory at the Super-G in 2012 in

1:06:351:06:42

Innsbruck. He was born to a Moroccan

father and a Canadian mother and has

1:06:421:06:46

dual citizenship in both countries.

Montenegro. Entering the stage now,

1:06:461:06:55

as Gangnam Style Blair is out. We

know that would crop up somewhere

1:06:551:06:58

along the line, Robin!

It had to

come!

1:06:581:07:06

come! -- blares out.

More than 3

million people on Youtube have

1:07:061:07:14

watched and enjoyed Gangnam Style.

So, Montenegro through and next,

1:07:141:07:23

Moldova. Their cross-country skier,

who has competed in both biathlon

1:07:231:07:32

and cross-country skiing, the flag

bearer, Nicolae Gaiduc. He is

1:07:321:07:41

unlikely to deliver a medal in the

next two weeks! Similarly, Malta,

1:07:411:07:48

with one representative, their

Alpine skier, carrying the flag.

1:07:481:07:57

Malta's only Winter Olympics, who

made her debut four years ago and

1:07:571:08:00

she competes in this love them --

competes in the slalom and the giant

1:08:001:08:09

slalom. Mongolia next. Despite

appearing in 13 Winter Olympics they

1:08:091:08:17

are yet to win a medal. They have

won 26 in the Summer Games,

1:08:171:08:21

including two in Rio in 2016.

Mongolia has a population of 3

1:08:211:08:31

million,which is in stark contrast

to the next team to enter the stage

1:08:311:08:39

- 326 million, the latest population

of the United States of America.

1:08:391:08:43

Their flag

1:08:431:08:48

Their flag bearer is a luger, the

forth from that sport to have the

1:08:501:08:52

honour. She is getting married this

year as well. Snowboarder Shaun

1:08:521:08:55

White will attempt to win a third

halfpipe title, and he is in form,

1:08:551:09:02

having been awarded only the second

ever perfect score in competition

1:09:021:09:06

last month. Chloe came is the

women's snowboarding's answer to

1:09:061:09:11

Shaun White. Despite being aged just

17 she is sure to get a fantastic

1:09:111:09:16

reception given that both of her

parents come from Korea. Lindsey

1:09:161:09:21

Vonn is back, having missed Sochi

through injury. She warmed up for

1:09:211:09:25

Pyeongchang with three consecutive

World Cup victories, the last of

1:09:251:09:29

which came in early February in

Germany. And in Michaela Shifrin,

1:09:291:09:33

they have an incredible talent who

four years ago in Sochi became the

1:09:331:09:38

youngest ever female slalom Olympic

champion and is being tipped to win

1:09:381:09:41

a host of medals in Pyeongchang.

Their previous best medal haul came

1:09:411:09:48

in 2010. Here is Bermuda, one

athlete.

1:09:481:09:58

athlete. And this is Tucker Murphy.

He went to Oxford University. He did

1:09:581:10:02

a Masters degree in zoology there.

Quite an outfit as well, Robin!

1:10:021:10:08

Brave in this weather, I have to

say! But what else would you expect

1:10:081:10:14

from a man from Bermuda, wearing

shorts!

Belgium next, other team has

1:10:141:10:20

tripled in size from four years ago

and they're laid out by the reigning

1:10:201:10:28

snowboarding slopestyle world

champion Seppe Smits.

1:10:281:10:35

champion Seppe Smits. Belarus,

they've only ever won six old

1:10:401:10:42

medals, five of them in Sochi, four

years ago. An improving nation,

1:10:421:10:49

perhaps. Led out by the biathlete

who is the standout name in their

1:10:491:10:58

team. Also keep an eye out for the

Belarussian delegation for Ole Einar

1:10:581:11:07

Bjorndalen, the Norwegian, the most

decorated winter Olympic athlete of

1:11:071:11:14

all time who was not selected for

Norway who will coach his wife and

1:11:141:11:17

the other Belarussian athletes.

Bosnia and Herzegovina, the flag

1:11:171:11:26

bearer is an 18-year-old Alpine

skier, Elvedina Muzaferija.

1:11:261:11:37

Bolivia's flag bearer, 30 years on

from Eddie The Eagle

1:11:371:11:49

from Eddie The Eagle Edwards, is

Simon Breitfuss Kammerlande, and

1:11:491:11:55

like Eddie, he lives in a motorhome

a lot of the time as he is driven

1:11:551:12:00

around to complete.

1:12:001:12:10

Bulgaria, they have been hogging the

ski cross headlines

1:12:111:12:19

ski cross headlines this season

through their rock and roll

1:12:191:12:22

competitor.

1:12:221:12:27

Now, Brazil, who had to their first

Games since they hosted Rio a couple

1:12:331:12:38

of years ago. Cross-country skier

Victors Santos, who hails from the

1:12:381:12:48

favelas of Sao Paulo.

1:12:481:12:54

San Marino next.

1:13:111:13:21

Serbia's flag bearer is their Alpine

skier, who is competing in her third

1:13:311:13:41

Winter Olympics, Nevena Ighjatovic.

Four years ago she finished 28th in

1:13:411:13:46

the giant slalom.

1:13:461:13:56

Sweden next. Stockholm was an

original bidder for the 2022 Winter

1:14:001:14:06

Olympics, but later pulled out of

the race.

1:14:061:14:18

Charlotte Kerwood overhaul and UPS

and as Sweden's most successful

1:14:231:14:26

Winter Olympics of the flag bearer

is from the men's curling team.

1:14:261:14:33

Switzerland, and their flag bearer

is three-time Olympian and gold

1:14:331:14:39

medallist Dario, cross-country

skier. Watch out, though, over the

1:14:391:14:47

next

1:14:471:14:52

next fortnight for "Ipod", who upset

the great Shaun White in Sochi. He

1:14:551:15:00

will be hoping to recover and bounce

back from a crash in the X games to

1:15:001:15:09

take the title in South Korea.

1:15:091:15:20

Here comes Spain. They caused a

major upset in the men's slalom in

1:15:251:15:39

1982. Their only other Winter

Olympic medal was 20 years later in

1:15:391:15:47

the slalom, a bronze. But the person

they will be looking for this time

1:15:471:15:55

is Javier Hernandez who finished

fourth in Sochi. They will be

1:15:551:15:57

looking to get on the podium in

Pyeongchang, and he said it will be

1:15:571:16:06

his last performance. Spain,

followed by Slovakia.

1:16:061:16:16

Their flag bearer has just come back

from injury and only completed one

1:16:251:16:30

race in January.

1:16:301:16:38

race in January. Slavonia is next.

The giant slalom competition, was

1:16:381:16:49

their first ever Winter Olympic

Games.

1:16:491:16:57

Games. The cross country skier,

Vesna Fabjan carries the flag.

1:16:571:17:01

Another country making its debut

here are to Pyeongchang in the

1:17:011:17:04

Winter games and that is Singapore.

They have a Short Track skater

1:17:041:17:14

carrying their flag. One of six

countries making their debut in

1:17:141:17:18

Pyeongchang. The 18-year-old has

lived in Canada since she was aged

1:17:181:17:22

four.

1:17:221:17:27

four.

Mania next. They have the

latest in a dynasty of Cross-Country

1:17:281:17:37

Skiing is.

1:17:371:17:42

More than half of Argentina's

all-time Winter Olympic

1:17:551:17:59

representatives have come in Alpine

Skiing. The most famous name on the

1:17:591:18:03

list is the

1:18:031:18:09

list is the retired four-time

Olympic champion. The flag bearer is

1:18:091:18:12

skier, Sebastiano Gastaldi.

1:18:121:18:19

skier, Sebastiano Gastaldi. Iceland

became the smallest nation to

1:18:191:18:22

qualify for football World Cup when

they booked their spot at this

1:18:221:18:25

summerglobal gathering. Haven't seen

any of their famously noisy

1:18:251:18:32

supporters around Pyeongchang. Their

team is only five strong at Sochi

1:18:321:18:37

four years ago. The class of 2018 is

similarly small with just five

1:18:371:18:44

athletes once again.

1:18:441:18:49

athletes once again. Welcome to

Ireland. Great to see them and their

1:18:521:18:55

flag bearer, snowboarder, Seamus

O'Connor, who has lived in the

1:18:551:19:01

United States his whole life. He is

the only seasoned Olympian of the

1:19:011:19:07

Irish team of five. He competed in

Sochi aged just 16. Azerbaijan 180

1:19:071:19:16

medals at the Rio summer Olympics

but they have yet to win one at the

1:19:161:19:20

Winter Olympics. Their biggest

Winter Olympic team was four

1:19:201:19:25

athletes they took to the 1998 and

2002 games. It is a lonely affair

1:19:251:19:31

for the sole representative, the

Alpine skier, Patrick Brachner. He

1:19:311:19:37

originally hails from Austria but

switched to Azerbaijan in 2010.

1:19:371:19:43

Andorra, tiny principality located

in the high mountains of the

1:19:431:19:47

Pyrenees between France and Spain.

An estimated 10 million people visit

1:19:471:19:52

every year, drawn especially by the

Winter sports scene. Their flag

1:19:521:19:58

bearer is a cross-country skier, who

competed in the World Championships

1:19:581:20:05

in Finland.

1:20:051:20:12

in Finland. Albania's flag bearer is

the first winter Olympian at the

1:20:121:20:16

Sochi games and her best finish was

60th in the giant slalom. So

1:20:161:20:22

probably won't get anywhere near the

podium this time.

1:20:221:20:29

podium this time. Eritrea, this is

their first ever Olympian in the

1:20:291:20:35

Winter games. He competes in the

men's giant slalom and slalom. 21

1:20:351:20:44

years old, raised in Alberta, Canada

but represented Eritrea in the 2012

1:20:441:20:50

youth Olympics. His parents fled

Eritrea in the 1980s and he talks

1:20:501:20:55

about meeting his absolute

1:20:551:21:00

about meeting his absolute idol.

Estonia is next. All absorbing the

1:21:021:21:08

sad news of the Katie Ormerod, who

misses out for Great Britain.

1:21:081:21:11

Arguably the biggest hope for

Estonia will not be here in

1:21:111:21:19

Estonia will not be here in winter

-- Pyeongchang.

1:21:231:21:28

-- Pyeongchang. We welcome Ecuador

to the stage. Their flag bearer is

1:21:301:21:36

known as the tarmac skier, given his

training is done on roller skis. He

1:21:361:21:43

created the Ecuadorian ski

Federation from scratch and he will

1:21:431:21:49

be in action week from today. We

welcome Great Britain. Lizzy

1:21:491:21:54

Yarnold, Skeleton hero from Sochi.

What a moment, looking to defend her

1:21:541:22:00

title, despite an inconsistent

season. She won in Sochi by nearly a

1:22:001:22:06

second. Freestyle Skiing, James

Ward, Katie Summerhayes, here with

1:22:061:22:11

her sister Molly, who works in

McDonald's. Lizzie Atkin, all

1:22:111:22:17

championship medallists. The men and

women curling teams won medals in

1:22:171:22:22

Sochi four years ago. They are the

reigning Commonwealth champions and

1:22:221:22:29

Elise Christie, the outstanding

contender hoping to put the bitter

1:22:291:22:37

disappointment of Sochi behind her.

We wish them all well. We welcome

1:22:371:22:40

Australia. Their flag bearer is

Scotty James, the two time reigning

1:22:401:22:52

snowboard champion and hoping to be

Australia's first Snowboarding

1:22:521:22:58

motherless. Austria have hosted the

Winter Olympics twice in 1974 and 19

1:22:581:23:04

86. The slalom superstar has won six

championship titles. A win for him

1:23:041:23:12

here would be one of the biggest

stories of The Games. Anna Veith,

1:23:121:23:20

gold in Sochi and followed it up

with two gold medals including the

1:23:201:23:25

super G title in America, is the

flag bearer. Now, the Olympic

1:23:251:23:32

athletes from Russia. So much talk

about Russian involvement here of

1:23:321:23:37

course and we will be hearing from

the IOC president, Thomas Bach

1:23:371:23:41

before too long.

1:23:411:23:50

before too long. Amongst others,

they do have some sensational figure

1:23:501:23:55

skaters?

They do, two young ladies

fighting for a gold medal, in fact,

1:23:551:24:01

three could be on the podium.

Uzbekistan next. It is the first

1:24:011:24:14

Olympic medal in 1994 when they got

the gold in the inaugural women's

1:24:141:24:22

aerials. She tried to telephone her

parents, and officials had to tell

1:24:221:24:29

her mother had died three weeks

earlier. Her mother's wish was she

1:24:291:24:33

shouldn't be told of her death until

after the Olympic competition was

1:24:331:24:38

finished. Ukraine, their flag bearer

is part of Ukraine's relay team who

1:24:381:24:47

won a surprise gold medal at the

2014 Sochi Olympics. Of course, they

1:24:471:24:56

won the gold in 1984 in Figure

Skating?

They did.

1:24:561:25:10

Skating?

They did.

Athletes

representing Iran.

1:25:111:25:18

representing Iran. The cross-country

skier is carrying the flag.

1:25:181:25:25

skier is carrying the flag. Also the

cross-country skier is returning for

1:25:251:25:31

his third Winter Olympics. Italy

next. Can it be 30 years ago in

1:25:311:25:36

Calgary that the Italian skiing icon

won the gold in the giant skiing

1:25:361:25:43

slalom. He went on to get more in

1992 and 1994.

1:25:431:26:02

Their flag bearer is only 15.

1:26:041:26:13

British fans no doubt remember her

500 metre silver medal. She was

1:26:131:26:21

upgraded to the silver medal after

Elise Christie was disqualified.

1:26:211:26:27

Israel. Another figure for Israel,

the flag bearer.

He had a phenomenal

1:26:271:26:40

skate in the Team event this

morning. Cat among the pigeons, this

1:26:401:26:45

gentleman, with a potential medal

here.

1:26:451:26:51

India is next. This is an emotional

athlete but there Luge athlete, who

1:26:571:27:11

will be competing for the last time.

He is delighted to finish his career

1:27:111:27:15

in Asia. Only their tennis player

with seven summer Olympics to his

1:27:151:27:26

name has taken part in more

competitions.

1:27:261:27:32

Japan and ski jumper is carrying the

flag. His appearance in the men's

1:27:371:27:43

normal hill qualification last night

was a record eighth Olympic

1:27:431:27:48

appearance. He won silver and bronze

in Sochi, a fine contribution to

1:27:481:27:54

Japan's total of eight medals in

Russia.

1:27:541:28:06

The 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary

saw Jamaica have a bobsleigh team

1:28:121:28:19

and ended in tears after the

four-man crew were disqualified

1:28:191:28:22

after crashing on the third run. But

it helped the making of the film

1:28:221:28:32

Cool Running and 30 years on, they

will be represented in the women's

1:28:321:28:37

bobsleigh competition for the first

time.

1:28:371:28:43

Here we go with George and they will

feature four athletes competing in

1:28:501:28:58

Alpine Skiing, Figure Skating and

the louche. It is figure skater

1:28:581:29:03

Morisi Kvitelashvili who is holding

the flag and competed for Russia

1:29:031:29:09

until 2016 and now

1:29:091:29:14

until 2016 and now trains alongside

the Georgian athletes.

Beijing, the

1:29:151:29:24

first city to host the summer and

Winter Olympics when they host the

1:29:241:29:28

next games in 2022. China are next

out and watch out for the

1:29:281:29:35

snowboarder, who has won the last

two world titles and could be

1:29:351:29:40

arrival to the US sensation. The

flag that China carried by the Short

1:29:401:29:51

Track speed skater. Three-time gold

medallist.

1:29:511:29:57

medallist. The Czech Republic are

next. Carrying their flag is the

1:29:571:30:05

reigning Olympic snowboard cross

champion, who is famous for her odd

1:30:051:30:10

choice of race ritual, she often

wears a moustache painted above her

1:30:101:30:15

lip. At the last Olympics she opted

for red, white and blue, the colours

1:30:151:30:23

of the Czechoslovakian flag.

1:30:231:30:33

Chile next and their flag bearer is

Henrik von Appen who competed in

1:30:421:30:49

four out of five events in Sochi

four years ago. Also they have an

1:30:491:30:54

Alpine Skiing who competed at the

2000 Olympics he was just 15 years

1:30:541:31:05

and 80 days.

1:31:051:31:11

Kazakhstan made their Games debut in

90 94 and they have one medal, which

1:31:131:31:19

came in 2014. That competitor is not

quite on form at the moment but he

1:31:191:31:25

will be looking to try to get onto

that podium somewhere.

1:31:251:31:33

that podium somewhere. Their flag

bearer is a short-track speed

1:31:331:31:39

skater.

1:31:391:31:45

skater. And another huge team, 226

Canadians. And we have joint

1:31:451:31:51

flag-bearers, with Tessa virtue and

Scott Moore, who came out of

1:31:511:31:56

retirement to win a world title, and

now, is now looking for their second

1:31:561:32:00

Olympic gold, having won in

Vancouver and taken silver in Sochi.

1:32:001:32:06

And very popular they are, too. And

I absolutely love to watch them on

1:32:061:32:11

the ice. Along with the rest of

their team-mates they will be

1:32:111:32:16

looking to set up some old for team

Canada.

1:32:161:32:23

Canada.

And they will be going for

the gold in the bobsleigh is well.

1:32:231:32:28

And here in Pyeongchang Canada are

going to sing a gender neutral

1:32:281:32:33

anthem for the first time. As we

welcome Kenya. Their flag bearer is

1:32:331:32:44

a 90-year-old who was born in Kenya

but raised in Austria. She is

1:32:441:32:49

competing in Alpine skiing events,

which bucks the trend for

1:32:491:32:57

competitors from the non-Alpine

nations. Kosovo made their Olympic

1:32:571:33:04

debut at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

1:33:041:33:14

Their flag bearer is an Alpine

skier.

1:33:151:33:20

Colombia are competing in the Winter

Olympics for only the second time.

1:33:291:33:34

They only had one representative in

Vancouver in 2010 and this time they

1:33:341:33:38

have a squad of four, which includes

a 42-year-old skier who only took up

1:33:381:33:47

the sport in 2016 and has dreamed of

appearing in the Games ever since he

1:33:471:33:52

moved to Salt Lake City from

Colombia in the year 2000. Korea's

1:33:521:33:57

most successful Olympian is a Winter

Olympics, roster next.

1:33:571:34:09

Olympics, roster next. And four

years later she added to her tally

1:34:101:34:14

with gold and silver in Turin.

Kurdistan won a pair of medals in

1:34:141:34:25

Beijing. Want to watch here is

Yevgeny Timufi, who was a

1:34:251:34:35

last-minute call up after his

team-mates suffered an injury during

1:34:351:34:38

a training session.

1:34:381:34:46

a training session. One of the areas

you can ski in Cyprus is the slopes

1:34:461:34:49

of Mount Olympus. And I'm sure this

22-year-old has been down those

1:34:491:34:55

slopes a few times. The flag bearer

here was presented with a

1:34:551:35:01

scholarship by the IOC to help him

prepare for events here in

1:35:011:35:04

Pyeongchang. Chinese Taipei, a team

of four.

1:35:041:35:13

of four. A luge athlete carrying the

flag.

1:35:131:35:19

flag. Like the Indian... Thailand.

Violinist Vanessa Mae infamously

1:35:201:35:34

represented Thailand in the giant

slalom in Sochi, finishing 67th but

1:35:341:35:41

her result was wiped off the slate

after it was found her qualifying

1:35:411:35:45

results had been manipulative. She

of course was cleared of any

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wrongdoing and tried to qualify for

Pyeongchang but a shoulder injury

1:35:481:35:53

ended those hopes. Turkey produces

75% of the world's hazelnuts! I

1:35:531:35:59

could do with some of those right

now, to be honest with you! They

1:35:591:36:02

have some ice dancers to watch out

for - any chances for those, Robin?

1:36:021:36:11

And they have been creeping up in

the world standings over the last

1:36:111:36:13

couple of seasons. Lovely to watch,

not going to be in bed all

1:36:131:36:20

contention, but great competitors.

The flag bearer for Togo is a

1:36:201:36:24

cross-country skier. Back here

having carried the flag in the

1:36:241:36:29

Opening Ceremony in Togo's debut

Games in Sochi four years ago. Next

1:36:291:36:37

up, a very colourful character from

Tonga, Fita Taufatoufoa. He was the

1:36:371:36:53

shirtless Tongan who became an

internet sensation in Rio when he

1:36:531:36:58

was famously oiled up and

bare-chested! I didn't think he

1:36:581:37:05

would do it again, Robin!

Well, here

it is.

The man has a style, doesn't

1:37:051:37:09

he?! Pakistan has a sixth biggest

population on the Earth. Their

1:37:091:37:18

Winter Olympics record, of course,

is virtually nonexistent. They have

1:37:181:37:22

got two in their team in

Pyeongchang, an Alpine skier

1:37:221:37:24

carrying the flag. He is joined by

his nephew, who is a cross-country

1:37:241:37:32

skier, so uncle clawing rank over a

nephew. -- pulling rank. Portugal

1:37:321:37:39

have got two athletes. An Alpine

skier and a cross-country skier

1:37:391:37:44

carrying the flag.

1:37:441:37:54

Here come Poland. Want to watch here

will be there ski jumper, who jumped

1:37:551:38:03

his way into Polish folklore in

Sochi, Kamil Stock, by winning a

1:38:031:38:10

pair of ski jumping gold is. The

flag bearer is one of the few

1:38:101:38:15

athletes to break the Dutch

struggled on the sport in 2014, the

1:38:151:38:19

Netherlands winning eight of 12 gold

medals on offer. But they could not

1:38:191:38:26

stop the Polish athlete in the

individual 1500 metres event.

1:38:261:38:35

individual 1500 metres event. Next,

their Alpine skier is just 17 and he

1:38:351:38:38

was inspired to take up winter

sports when watching the Sochi Games

1:38:381:38:42

four years ago. He was born in the

states but moved to Puerto Rico when

1:38:421:38:46

he was nine. Competed in the junior

World Championships in Sweden last

1:38:461:38:51

year. As we welcome France to the

stage, worth remembering perhaps

1:38:511:39:01

that a French city was one of the

three candidates for these Games.

1:39:011:39:05

Carrying the flag is there legendary

biathlete Martin Foucade, who has

1:39:051:39:19

won 11 titles during his career, the

most recent of which came last year

1:39:191:39:23

in the 12.5 kilometres pursuit.

Next, Macedonia.

1:39:231:39:35

Next, Macedonia. Team of three. The

flag bearer is a cross-country

1:39:351:39:39

skier, competed in the winter youth

Olympic Games in 2016 and at the

1:39:391:39:44

senior World Championships in

Finland last year. He has competed

1:39:441:39:49

in both biathlon and cross-country

skiing at international level.

1:39:491:40:01

skiing at international level. A

real legend next for Finland,

1:40:011:40:03

carrying the flag, competing in his

seventh

1:40:031:40:16

seventh Winter Olympics, Yanni

Hanan.

1:40:161:40:22

Hanan. They have collected more

medals than anyone else since NHL

1:40:241:40:26

players began competing.

1:40:261:40:31

players began competing. Of course,

not many NHL players allowed to

1:40:311:40:36

participate this time around in the

ice hockey.

1:40:361:40:42

17-year-old Alpine skier competing

for the Philippines. He carries the

1:40:511:41:00

flag, and with him Michael Martinez,

a figure skater who carried the flag

1:41:001:41:05

for the Philippines in Sochi, where

he finish 19th.

He did, a fantastic

1:41:051:41:12

performance, and he will be looking

to improve on that here in

1:41:121:41:15

Pyeongchang.

For Hungary, they're

next.

1:41:151:41:23

next. Figure skating has delivered

all six of their Winter Olympics

1:41:231:41:27

Devils, the most recent of which

came in Lake Placid, getting silver

1:41:271:41:32

behind the Soviet Union in an

incredibly tight contest.

1:41:321:41:41

incredibly tight contest.

I remember

somebody else being in those Games!

1:41:411:41:43

Can't think who! Hong Kong next.

Their Alpine skier, for whom the

1:41:431:41:53

Olympic sport runs in the family,

her aunt represented China and Hong

1:41:531:41:57

Kong in swimming at the Olympic aims

in 1984 and her other aunt swam at

1:41:571:42:04

the Asia Games in Hong Kong. Now,

stand-by for the roar of the night.

1:42:041:42:11

And a truly historic moment here in

Pyeongchang. We welcome the children

1:42:111:42:18

back from their time travels

earlier. Much more from them,

1:42:181:42:20

incidentally. The unified team,

under the unified flag, of Korea.

1:42:201:42:34

Joint flag bearers as well, from the

north and the south. From the north,

1:42:361:42:42

an I football player and from the

South, a bobsleigh competitor. Hard,

1:42:421:42:53

I suppose, Robin, to fully

understand what this means two South

1:42:531:42:57

Koreans, who some would argue are

still very much at war...

But there

1:42:571:43:01

is nothing like sport, and it is

almost a cliche but you see people

1:43:011:43:08

who have one thing in common and

that is a love of sport, which

1:43:081:43:12

brings countries and nations and

athletes together. Politics and

1:43:121:43:16

religion out the window when it

comes to sport - from the athletes,

1:43:161:43:20

who perform from the heart. We were

watching and being told people were

1:43:201:43:28

sobbing in the audience, wanting to

be here earlier to actually be

1:43:281:43:33

around and to see this moment

happened.

1:43:331:43:36

ROBIN COUSINS: It is incredibly

inspiring

1:43:361:43:39

JOHN HUNT: Well, it has attracted

some of the major players on the

1:43:391:43:42

world political scene. Mike Pence,

the United States Vice President, is

1:43:421:43:49

here, and also, which some people

can scarcely believe, is the sister

1:43:491:43:53

of Kim Jong-un, the leader of North

Korea. She is here in the stadium

1:43:531:43:58

tonight.

1:43:581:44:03

JOHN HUNT: In terms of athletes,

well, North Korea did not compete in

1:44:081:44:13

Sochi four years ago but they have a

22 strong team, including figure

1:44:131:44:17

skaters, Robin...

ROBIN COUSINS: Who have an

1:44:171:44:25

incredibly bright future ahead of

them. They're around the top 15 in

1:44:251:44:29

the world at the moment, they train

in Montreal, they have a wonderful

1:44:291:44:33

style, they have great commitment

and camaraderie with their training

1:44:331:44:39

mates and rivals, and have come

pretty much out of nowhere. Nobody

1:44:391:44:43

knew where they were training or

where they came from but they really

1:44:431:44:46

do have a lot of class and certainly

deserve to be on the international

1:44:461:44:50

stage and on the ice here in

Pyeongchang.

South Korea have one

1:44:501:44:56

athlete who could have an

interesting Games in the speed

1:44:561:44:59

skating. The latest prodigy to roll

off the South Korean production

1:44:591:45:07

line, it is their sport, of course.

And this young athlete has won at

1:45:071:45:11

every distance this season.

1:45:111:45:18

That is what is called making the

most of your moment.

1:45:181:45:26

most of your moment.

They have been

waiting backstage, sitting and

1:45:261:45:30

rubbing their hands together,

waiting for this moment. There is

1:45:301:45:36

nothing like walking out into the

stadium for the opening ceremony and

1:45:361:45:42

feeling it between all the teams.

All those athletes to do one thing

1:45:421:45:47

and one thing only and that is to

deliver the best results they can.

I

1:45:471:45:51

feel a little bit sorry for the four

in the Greece team, who have been

1:45:511:46:00

sitting in their seats for over an

hour.

Heated seats, I believe.

Also,

1:46:001:46:08

some of the teams have jackets with

electric battery packs, to keep them

1:46:081:46:20

warm.

I have heard about them, I

haven't seen them yet.

1:46:201:46:32

haven't seen them yet. It is a sea

of colour, athletes and different

1:46:321:46:37

countries.

A departure that the

athletes, but business as usual

1:46:371:46:45

tomorrow. There will be those

sitting there who know they haven't

1:46:451:46:47

got a chance but will be delighted

just to be sitting there. There will

1:46:471:46:52

be those in that crowd of athletes

knowing this is their big chance to

1:46:521:46:55

win the gold medal.

There are a lot

of great athletes, who don't get to

1:46:551:47:03

experience this event because this

should be part of the experience.

1:47:031:47:07

But they are competing tomorrow

morning on some of them have

1:47:071:47:10

competed today already and they have

jobs to be done.

I do hope you are

1:47:101:47:17

enjoying the opening ceremony here

live from Pyeongchang, South Korea.

1:47:171:47:24

The Winter Olympics 2018. A look now

at the four seasons of Korea, the

1:47:241:47:30

changing seasons, changing colours.

It is quite barren in winter, aside

1:47:301:47:35

from the mountain tops with snow on

them. The summer here is supposed to

1:47:351:47:40

be absolutely beautiful.

1:47:401:47:50

be absolutely beautiful. Buckwheat,

across the nation. Coming out now, a

1:47:511:47:54

beautiful

1:47:541:48:03

song called Arirang. Arirang will be

sung by a 77-year-old.

1:48:041:48:24

# Arirang, Arirang, Arariyo...

1:48:301:48:37

# Arirang gogaero neomeoganda

1:48:371:48:43

# Nareul beorigo gashineun nimeun

1:48:431:48:48

# Shimrido motgaseo balbyeongnanda

1:48:481:48:52

# Cheongcheonhaneuren

janbyeoldo manko

1:48:521:49:00

# Uri ne gaseumen huimangdo manta

1:49:101:49:18

# Arirang gogaero neomeoganda

1:50:041:50:12

CHEERING AND APPLAUSE

1:51:031:51:11

Our five, intrepid time travellers,

continued their journey. They are

1:51:161:51:23

safely on their way to their next

destination.

1:51:231:51:32

destination. Here, in a future

world, the five children see their

1:51:321:51:38

future selves after they have

realised their dreams.

1:51:381:51:49

Through the glittering Gate. One is

becoming a doctor.

1:51:561:52:13

Nuri, has become an artificial

intelligence specialist.

1:52:261:52:37

And another one is a K pop star.

1:52:401:52:51

Anne Dunham Urban simulation expert.

-- and and.

1:52:521:53:03

And finally, a teacher and

holographic specialist.

1:53:041:53:18

South Korea see themselves at the

centre of what they refer to as the

1:53:241:53:28

fourth Industrial Revolution. This

gate is to play a prominent part in

1:53:281:53:36

the next stage of the ceremony.

Light emitting from the Gate to the

1:53:361:53:41

Future expands and creates a new

world. In that world everybody

1:53:411:53:46

communicates and interacts freely

with one another.

1:53:461:53:52

with one another. And here, the next

part of our ceremony. How much fun

1:53:571:54:02

can you have with a doorway? This,

the most exciting experience I am

1:54:021:54:09

sure since Monsters Inc.

1:54:091:54:23

JOHN HUNT: The image of a smiley

face. The world of new technology.

1:57:591:58:08

This is the theme of technical

innovation. This is the link to the

1:58:561:59:02

world. Messages are sent out to the

world from the media link. The media

1:59:021:59:08

link connects people and worlds.

This media link continues with a

1:59:081:59:13

step towards peace.

1:59:131:59:24

APPLAUSE AND CHEERING

2:00:102:00:23

timer for the speeches now. Thomas

Bach from the IOC. He will give his

2:00:362:00:47

speech to the Olympic community in a

few moments. First to speak, though,

2:00:472:00:56

is the president of the Pyeongchang

Olympic Games committee. That is

2:00:562:01:02

Thomas Bach.

2:01:022:01:08

Thomas Bach. Little trip there, that

would have been interesting!

2:01:112:01:21

Probably been a bit awkward for

Thomas Bach in the Balotelli over

2:01:212:01:26

the last few weeks, with the Russian

situation. Now, he's gone the wrong

2:01:262:01:29

way. -- for Thomas Bach in reality.

Would not want to be at their

2:01:292:01:38

Christmas party, Robin!

2:01:382:01:45

Lee Hee-beom...

2:01:452:01:55

TRANSLATION: President Moon Jae-in

and His First Lady of

2:02:002:02:03

the Republic of Korea, IOC

President Thomas Bach and the global

2:02:032:02:05

Olympic Family Members,

Excellencies, Majesties,

2:02:052:02:10

Royal Highnesses, Distinguished

Guests at home and abroad,

2:02:102:02:12

Dear Athletes and Officials from all

Participating NOC Delegations,

2:02:122:02:14

Spectators, Ladies and Gentlemen...

2:02:142:02:16

Nice to meet you, everyone!

2:02:162:02:21

And my warm welcome

to Pyeongchang 2018

2:02:212:02:23

Olympic Winter Games!

2:02:232:02:31

HE SPEAKS IN KOREAN

2:02:522:03:00

TRANSLATION: Now we are facing

the historic moments in our lifetime

2:03:002:03:02

opening together the 23rd

Olympic Winter Games

2:03:022:03:04

in Pyeongchang 2018.

2:03:042:03:08

Olympic Winter Games taking place

on the Korean soil in 30 years

2:03:082:03:12

following the Seoul 1988 Olympics

are the biggest global winter

2:03:122:03:16

festival participated by over 6,500

athletes and officials from 92

2:03:162:03:19

National Olympic Committees.

2:03:192:03:27

In 1948, Korean Athletes took part

in the Winter Games held in St

2:03:282:03:31

Moritz for the first time

in the middle of the utterly

2:03:312:03:34

disorganized situation

with the Korean Government not yet

2:03:342:03:36

formally established.

2:03:362:03:44

Sport has a great power to unite

people and bring together the world

2:03:512:03:55

in harmony and peace transcending

disputes and conflicts.

2:03:552:03:56

Pyongchang Games, I am confident,

will provide a light of hope

2:03:562:03:59

for all global citizens yearning

for peace on this planet.

2:03:592:04:03

In order for the Pyeongchang Games

to serve as a truly Global Festival

2:04:032:04:08

of Peace and Harmony,

we would like to light the fire

2:04:082:04:10

of Pyeongchang Olympic Flame.

2:04:102:04:18

Dear Athletes and Delegations,

As Baron de Pierre Coubertin,

2:04:232:04:27

a renovator of modern Olympic Games,

once mentioned, "The most important

2:04:272:04:30

thing in the Olympic Games is not

to win but to take part,

2:04:302:04:34

just as the most important

thing in life is not

2:04:342:04:38

the triumph but the struggle."

2:04:382:04:42

It is my ardent wish that

you keep that in mind.

2:04:422:04:47

All of you stand on this Olympic

stage, which means a global

2:04:472:04:50

confirmation that you are already

Winners and Heroes.

2:04:502:04:54

I say to all the athletes

gathered here today

2:04:542:04:59

from all around the world -

2:04:592:05:03

please enjoy these Games

in Pyeongchang, and play the Game,

2:05:032:05:06

"Faster, Higher, Stronger",

thus writing a new

2:05:062:05:08

chapter in history.

2:05:082:05:14

Dear global Olympic

Family members...

2:05:142:05:17

During your stay in Korea,

2:05:172:05:25

please also show respect and warm

encouragement not only

2:05:312:05:33

to the winners but also to the other

athletes who embrace each other

2:05:332:05:36

regardless of the results

of the competitions.

2:05:362:05:38

Beyond "New Horizons"

of Pyeongchang 2018,

2:05:382:05:41

I ask you to come together

for the Olympics' Asia Era, equally

2:05:412:05:45

to be highlighted by Tokyo 2020

and Beijing in 2022.

2:05:452:05:48

Thank you very much.

2:05:482:05:49

Now, let me invite IOC

President Thomas Bach to deliver

2:05:492:05:51

a congratulatory message.

2:05:512:05:52

Please welcome him with

a round of warm applause.

2:05:522:05:55

APPLAUSE

2:05:552:06:03

Dear Olympic friends around the

world...

2:06:202:06:28

HE SPEAKS IN FRENCH

2:06:282:06:36

Welcome to the Olympic Winter Games

Pyeongchang 2018.

2:06:462:06:53

APPLAUSE

2:06:532:07:01

This is the moment that we all have

been waiting for, the first Olympic

2:07:032:07:07

Games on snow and ice in the

Republic of Korea. This is their

2:07:072:07:16

moment that the Organizing

Committee, the public authorities

2:07:162:07:21

and so many Korean people have been

working for with great dedication

2:07:212:07:25

and commitment. You all can be very

proud tonight. Now is the time for

2:07:252:07:34

Pyeongchang. APPLAUSE AND CHEERING

thank you to everyone who has made

2:07:342:07:47

this moment possible. A special

thanks goes to the thousands of

2:07:472:07:53

volunteers who have welcome us so

warmly.

2:07:532:08:02

HE SPEAKS KOREAN

2:08:022:08:05

APPLAUSE

2:08:052:08:11

Dear athletes, now it is your turn.

This will be the competition of your

2:08:112:08:19

life. Over the next days, the world

will be looking to you for

2:08:192:08:24

inspiration. You will inspire us all

to live together in peace and

2:08:242:08:31

harmony. Despite all the differences

we have. You will inspire us by

2:08:312:08:39

competing for the highest honour in

the Olympic spirit of excellence,

2:08:392:08:45

respect and fair play.

2:08:452:08:51

respect and fair play. You can only

really enjoy your Olympic

2:08:512:08:56

performance if you respect the

rules, and stay clean. Only then

2:08:562:09:03

will your lifelong memories all Mac

the memories of a true and worthy

2:09:032:09:10

Olympian.

2:09:102:09:14

APPLAUSE

2:09:142:09:21

While you compete with each other,

you live peacefully together in the

2:09:212:09:27

Olympic Village, respecting the same

rules, sharing your meals and your

2:09:272:09:33

emotions with your fellow athletes.

This is how you show that in sport,

2:09:332:09:41

we are all equal. This is how you

show the unique power of sport to

2:09:412:09:49

unite people. A great example of

this unifying power is the joint

2:09:492:09:58

march here tonight of the two teams

from the national Olympic Committees

2:09:582:10:04

of the Republic of Korea and the

Democratic People Through Up A Of

2:10:042:10:08

Korea. We thank you! -- the

democratic people's Republic of

2:10:082:10:18

Korea. All the athletes around me,

all the spectators here in the

2:10:182:10:22

stadium, and all Olympic fans

watching around the world we are all

2:10:222:10:30

touched by this wonderful gesture.

We all join and support you in your

2:10:302:10:37

message of peace, united in our

diversity, we are stronger than all

2:10:372:10:45

the forces that want to divide us.

Two years ago in Rio, with the first

2:10:452:10:56

ever refugee Olympic team, the IOC

sent a powerful message of hope to

2:10:562:11:04

the world. Now, in Pyeongchang,

2:11:042:11:13

the world. Now, in Pyeongchang, the

athletes from the two Koreas, by

2:11:132:11:15

marching together, send a powerful

message of peace to the world.

2:11:152:11:22

APPLAUSE

2:11:222:11:29

Let us share this Olympic experience

with the world.

2:11:292:11:38

HE SPEAKS KOREAN

2:11:412:11:46

And the now, I have the honour of

infighting the president of the

2:11:462:11:52

Republic of Korea, his Excellency

Moon Jae-in, to declare open the

2:11:522:12:02

23rd Olympic Winter Games,

Pyeongchang, Republic of Korea.

2:12:022:12:11

HE SPEAKS KOREAN

2:12:192:12:24

APPLAUSE AND CHEERING

2:12:242:12:32

JOHN HUNT: Thomas Bach from the IOC

talking about respect and fair play,

2:12:352:12:38

respect the rules and stay clean, he

said, what did you make of that,

2:12:382:12:44

Robin?

Perfection! As an athlete it

is what you do strive for, for the

2:12:442:12:50

most part. I think there will always

be those who will try to get around

2:12:502:12:54

the rules, but you will always be

found out. This is a fantastic

2:12:542:13:00

moment for athletes from around the

world to be able to come together

2:13:002:13:02

and all Mac united.

Heading to the

conclusion, of course, of our

2:13:022:13:08

Opening Ceremony. The flame is to be

lit in about 15-20 minutes, as we

2:13:082:13:18

move onto a section hauled he is in

motion, who our five intrepid

2:13:182:13:25

explorers again, with candlelight,

candlelight and water, a traditional

2:13:252:13:30

sign of peace here in Korea. The

children will pass their candlelight

2:13:302:13:34

to a family, and then the light is

passed to everybody on the stage.

2:13:342:13:43

passed to everybody on the stage. In

keeping with Korea's vision of a

2:13:442:13:49

fine technological future, these

candles are

2:13:492:13:58

candles are controlled by 5G

wireless technology, used for the

2:13:582:14:00

first time ever hear.

2:14:002:14:03

# Imagine there's no heaven

2:14:122:14:16

# It's easy if you try

2:14:162:14:21

# No hell below us

2:14:212:14:27

# Above us only sky

2:14:272:14:33

# Imagine all the people

2:14:332:14:39

# Living for today

2:14:392:14:45

# Aha-ah...

2:14:452:14:51

# Imagine there's no countries

2:14:512:14:57

# It isn't hard to do

2:14:572:15:04

# Nothing to kill or die for

2:15:042:15:09

# And no religion, too

2:15:092:15:17

# Imagine all the people

2:15:172:15:22

# Living life in peace

2:15:222:15:28

# You...

2:15:282:15:30

# You may say I'm a dreamer

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# But I'm not the only one

2:15:362:15:42

# I hope someday you'll join us

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# And the world will be as one

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# Imagine no possessions

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# I wonder if you can

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# No need for greed or hunger

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# A brotherhood of man

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# Imagine all the people

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# Sharing all the world

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# You...

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# You may say I'm a dreamer

2:16:372:16:39

# But I'm not the only one

2:16:392:16:47

# I hope someday you'll join us

2:16:482:16:50

# And the world will live as one

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# You may say I'm a dreamer

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# But I'm not the only one

2:17:092:17:15

# I hope someday you'll join us

2:17:152:17:22

# And the world

will live as one. #

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# You may say I'm a dreamer

2:17:342:17:36

# But I'm not the only one

2:17:362:17:41

# I hope someday you'll join us

2:17:412:17:49

# And the world

will live as one. #

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John

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JOHN HUNT: The children release the

doves.

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We move on to the Olympic rings.

This has been pretty much top secret

2:18:422:18:53

how they do this, just one aspect of

the ceremony they did not want

2:18:532:19:02

anybody to be aware of. The use of

augmented reality again.

2:19:022:19:09

100 skiers and lights from the

drones raced down to show the

2:19:292:19:37

existence of humans and technology

in the future.

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The score from the British judge for

artistic impression?

I am waiting

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for the big finish. There has to be

a big finish.

And now, the

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presentation of the Olympic flag.

Again, carried by eight famous

2:21:082:21:17

sporting figures.

2:21:172:21:23

sporting figures. But as well as

some veterans, some youngsters as

2:21:232:21:26

well.

2:21:262:21:35

well. Cross-Country Skiing,

dedicated his entire life to Nordic

2:21:352:21:43

skiing. What a moment for the

13-year-old figure skater.

2:21:432:21:59

13-year-old figure skater. Has

surpassed the previous record set by

2:21:592:22:05

Kim Yu-na.

2:22:052:22:11

Scary to think she was in Lake

Placid with you, Robin?

Yes she was.

2:22:222:22:31

15-year-old ice hockey player.

Member of the consonantal hockey

2:22:312:22:40

league in Russia.

2:22:402:22:45

league in Russia. Speed skater, now

44 years old, winner of the world

2:22:452:22:51

speed skater sprint championships

and coach of the Korean national

2:22:512:22:58

team in salt lake city in 2002.

Another youngster, a skier, just 16

2:22:582:23:08

years old. Representing in fact,

Snowboarding.

2:23:082:23:21

Participants in Innsbruck in 1976,

now 66. And before that in 1968 at

2:23:262:23:34

the Winter games in Grenoble.

2:23:342:23:46

As they walk, the ice follows them

around the stage.

2:23:582:24:09

We have had some contrast Inc music

tonight.

2:24:482:24:56

tonight. But now, the Olympic Anthem

and I promise, this is pretty

2:24:572:25:06

special.

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SHE SINGS IN KOREAN

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JOHN HUNT: Powerful with the Olympic

Anthem. Now, as tradition dictates,

2:28:202:28:35

the Olympic oath. Three

representatives

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representatives representing

athletes, judges and coaches here.

2:28:452:28:53

Athletes from speed skating. One of

the judges from Snowboarding and

2:28:532:28:58

slope style. And the coach is from

skiing and Nordic Combined. The

2:28:582:29:07

three together will take the

suggestion of Olympic oath.

2:29:072:29:19

HE SPEAKS KOREAN

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APPLAUSE

2:30:202:30:28

JOHN HUNT: We now look back on the

Torch Relay, the journey from the

2:30:332:30:41

airport to Pyeongchang lasted 101

days. Felt like my cab drive here

2:30:412:30:47

seven days ago! It has travelled

2018 kilometres, and along the way,

2:30:472:30:55

7500 torchbearers, the number chosen

to depict the 75 million people who

2:30:552:31:02

live in Korea. The flame was

predominantly transported by bike to

2:31:022:31:09

symbolise the harmony of two wheels

working together. And among the

2:31:092:31:14

torchbearers along the way, the

famous tae kwon do player who won

2:31:142:31:22

silver and bronze in London 2012 and

Rio 2016 as well. One torch bearer

2:31:222:31:29

even carried it...

2:31:292:31:43

Carried it one-handed with a trout

in the other.

2:31:462:31:58

Quite some journey!

2:31:582:32:08

MUSIC: Let Everyone Shine

2:32:402:32:48

Nearing the climax of our evening

now.

2:33:022:33:11

now. The lighting of the Olympic

Flame.

Ladies and gentlemen, the

2:33:112:33:23

Olympic Flame is entering the

stadium...

The Olympic Flame enters

2:33:232:33:35

the stadium, carried by double

Olympic champion Chun Lee-kyung.

2:33:352:33:47

Five Chun Lee-kyung medals in total.

2:33:472:33:54

Chun Lee-kyung hands over to Park

In-bee, pranked in first place in

2:34:092:34:22

the world of Olympic Rings for 56

weeks in a row and the reigning

2:34:222:34:29

champion from Rio 2016. -- from the

world of golf.

2:34:292:34:40

world of golf. This is the

footballer who played in three World

2:34:422:34:49

Cups for

2:34:492:34:55

Cups for South Korea, Ahn Jung-hwan,

the scorer of a famous old and goal

2:34:552:35:01

in 2002, a big goal for Korea at the

time, helping them to beat Italy. --

2:35:012:35:08

golden goal.

2:35:082:35:16

The theme of unity continues, as

both North Korea and Macron South

2:35:282:35:36

Korea are represented.

2:35:362:35:41

Korea are represented. From the

South, Park Jong Ah, and from North

2:35:432:35:53

Korea's ice hockey team, Jong Su

Hyon.

2:35:532:35:59

Again, the details of the lighting

of the Olympic Flame, one of the

2:36:282:36:33

hottest secrets in town.

2:36:332:36:44

Jong Su Hyon and Park Jong Ah climb

together.

2:36:442:36:54

And now, it had to be... Gold

medallist in Vancouver, silver

2:37:322:37:41

medallist in Sochi.

2:37:412:37:52

And turned this country on its head,

one of the most revered athletes

2:37:552:37:58

this country has ever produced, Kim

Yu-na.

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ROBIN COUSINS: And she is so

charming and so lovely. It was a big

2:38:002:38:08

disappointment for many fans, she

skated beautifully but was not given

2:38:082:38:12

the gold.

2:38:122:38:19

the gold.

A perfect choice, Robin?

They both skated brilliantly, the

2:38:202:38:27

judges made their decision... I was

in the Kim Yu-na camp!

And a perfect

2:38:272:38:34

choice for this role?

I think so,

absolutely.

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absolutely. She is superstar in this

country.

2:38:412:38:50

Always a tremendously emotional

moment I suppose, Robin, for any

2:39:372:39:41

athlete?

Indeed, I was fortunate

enough to carry the torch during the

2:39:412:39:50

relay, but to be a part of it, and

for the audience, this is now

2:39:502:39:58

reality, the torch has been lit, and

the Games hasn't now officially

2:39:582:40:06

open.

2:40:062:40:11

open. And it will never cease to

give you an emotional connection,

2:40:122:40:16

especially if you have been

fortunate enough to be a part of the

2:40:162:40:20

Games as a participant.

We are not

quite over yet, though. Welcome to

2:40:202:40:26

the Dokkaebi. These are the dancers

dressed as Dokkaebi.

2:40:262:40:37

dressed as Dokkaebi. Dokkaebi live

in the forest of Gangwon Province,

2:40:382:40:42

they're curious, fun loving

pranksters who love music and dance

2:40:422:40:49

and bring blessing and excitement to

people. Here today, they deliver the

2:40:492:40:54

energy of the Olympic Flame to the

watching world.

2:40:542:41:00

MUSIC CONTINUES

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DRUMS BEAT

2:43:172:43:25

MUSIC CHANGES TEMPO

2:43:532:44:01

JOHN HUNT: Quite a climax to the

Olympic ceremony. The Games is

2:46:442:46:51

officially open. Robin Cousins, how

did you enjoy that?

I loved it, I am

2:46:512:46:57

a big firework fan and that finale

was phenomenal.

They spent much less

2:46:572:47:02

money on this than they did in

Sochi, but better than Sochi for

2:47:022:47:08

you?

I don't remember too much about

Sochi, I remember it being indoors

2:47:082:47:14

and some special effects. I just

think the position of the ceremony

2:47:142:47:18

and the delicacy everything was laid

out, so beautifully. Nothing too

2:47:182:47:23

frantic, great dancing and I thought

it was very classy.

Robin, thank you

2:47:232:47:27

very much, enjoy your fortnight.

Thanks ever so much for watching and

2:47:272:47:32

I hope you enjoyed it at home. Big

thanks to Tom Reynolds, who did so

2:47:322:47:37

much behind-the-scenes to make it a

successful England. Good night from

2:47:372:47:43

Pyeongchang, enjoy The Games.

CLARE BALDING: Thank you to John and

2:47:432:47:48

Robin on an emotional ceremony that

was quite emotional in some parts,

2:47:482:47:56

Kim Yu-na who lit the cauldron with

tears in her eyes. Great way to kick

2:47:562:48:02

off The Games, we have great

coverage across the BBC over the 17

2:48:022:48:07

days. Every night at 7pm on BBC Two

we will bring you all the

2:48:072:48:12

highlights. If you want to stay up

into the early hours get and watch

2:48:122:48:18

through the morning, you can do

that. Snowboarding live tomorrow

2:48:182:48:22

morning at 1am and that will be the

first sport you see live. Jamie

2:48:222:48:28

Nicholls and Billy Morgan. Elise

Christie is in qualifying action at

2:48:282:48:33

10:44am tomorrow morning in the

short track event. She will be

2:48:332:48:36

wearing number one on her helmet.

Then the Cross-Country Skiing team,

2:48:362:48:44

first models will come in that and

today at The Games, 7pm. Plenty of

2:48:442:48:51

other sports on the BBC this

weekend. Football focus and much of

2:48:512:48:59

the day, highlights including the

North London derby. The six Nations

2:48:592:49:04

continue with Scotland against

France is live on BBC One on Sunday.

2:49:042:49:16

Chemmy Alcott, Amy Williams have

been with me, I do love it.

It is

2:49:162:49:26

amazing, I am excited. Just the

magic of the Olympics sums it up

2:49:262:49:32

with the athletes coming in, looking

at the joy on their faces, all those

2:49:322:49:37

years of hard work, it dawns on you,

I am at the Olympics! I was so lucky

2:49:372:49:44

to be in Korea and carried the flame

for my 200 metres. I have the torch

2:49:442:49:49

back at home. To see it there, it

was...

A lot of people have noticed

2:49:492:49:55

your necklace, which is this, do you

remember in Vancouver on the

2:49:552:49:58

mountain, there was the big, sort of

stone thing, which is your necklace.

2:49:582:50:07

Yes, I have my tattoo as well, my

husband made this for me. I have all

2:50:072:50:13

my race times. I am glad people have

noticed it.

2:50:132:50:23

noticed it.

Let's have a look back

at some of the highlights from the

2:50:232:50:27

opening ceremony. It was, I think,

wonderful from beginning to end.

2:50:272:50:34

Moments of comedy, drama but Robin

Cousins said about the position of

2:50:342:50:38

it. And the White Tiger, in a

warhorse puppetry moments, starting

2:50:382:50:44

this animation of the mountain

ranges. I thought that was

2:50:442:50:49

sensational. South Korea is the

digital hub of the world so there

2:50:492:50:53

was some high-tech stuff. The

lighting was brilliant. All of these

2:50:532:50:57

drummers, all women and an amazing

show of power, the rhythm and the

2:50:572:51:01

beat of it.

2:51:012:51:06

beat of it.

Look at that time in, it

takes hours and hours of practice.

2:51:072:51:14

Beijing drummers were huge, London

2012, drumming session. And the

2:51:142:51:19

transformation into the ying and

yang of the South Korean flag was

2:51:192:51:24

stunning.

We said we wanted a slow

motion about because we couldn't

2:51:242:51:27

work out how they did it.

The

rendition of Imagine was different.

2:51:272:51:36

But we loved the dove that appeared

and Thomas Bach said it in his

2:51:362:51:41

speech, the message of peace and

unity and bat is central to these

2:51:412:51:44

games. And honestly, Kim Yu-na,

wonderful ice skater, now retired

2:51:442:51:52

got the honour of lighting the

flame. I did feel for the two

2:51:522:51:57

athletes that had to go all the way

up the steps. A giant spring will

2:51:572:52:03

come out of those icicles and make

its wake up to a big bowl. The

2:52:032:52:10

cauldron lights. There will be a

torch as

2:52:102:52:20

torch as well at IBC, that mountain

range. Huge cheer the Nigeria, they

2:52:202:52:26

make their Winter Olympics debut in

the Bobsled. It is great to see so

2:52:262:52:31

many countries competing and not

from the traditional mountain

2:52:312:52:33

regions.

2:52:332:52:38

regions. Really good outfits, they

got our votes. Only one outfit to

2:52:382:52:42

top this.

Less is more.

This is

Bermuda,

2:52:422:52:57

Bermuda, Tucker Murphy. We thought

that was brave until we saw Tonga.

2:52:572:53:02

He has done that summer and winter

Olympics consecutively like that.

2:53:022:53:10

The Olympic athletes from Russia

and, they are the clean athletes,

2:53:102:53:17

they have passed tests and been

regularly tested. They are the ones

2:53:172:53:22

we can respect. Lizzy Yarnold,

coming out ahead of the Team GB

2:53:222:53:27

athletes, who were having fun. Good

kit.

Very good kit.

She got into it

2:53:272:53:37

as well. Let's go for it.

The United

Korean team, one flag carried by an

2:53:372:53:45

athlete from the south and one from

the north. It sends a bigger message

2:53:452:53:50

where sport can have a bigger impact

outside winning and losing races.

It

2:53:502:53:56

says it all, it is about

friendships, competing with your

2:53:562:54:01

fellow team-mates. Some of your

closest friends in sport are from

2:54:012:54:05

different nations and countries.

When I won, it was two Germans

2:54:052:54:10

either side and make an BATE are

your best mates. You are happy to

2:54:102:54:15

congratulate them.

Some athletes

chose not to go or couldn't go to

2:54:152:54:24

the opening ceremony. Your former

team-mates, John Sun Yue a photo.

2:54:242:54:28

The short track speed racer is

watching. That doesn't look tasty.

2:54:282:54:40

Looks like they are enjoying

themselves so fingers crossed it

2:54:402:54:43

will be all got tomorrow.

And Elise

Christie, who would beat our leading

2:54:432:54:48

hope of a multi-motherless, her

competition starts tomorrow. She is

2:54:482:54:54

in three different events, hoping,

as we all are, this can be her time.

2:54:542:55:02

When I am on the ice, I am free.

Speed, movement, power. On the edge,

2:55:022:55:12

never fully in control, no one ever

can be. The disqualification in

2:55:122:55:20

Sochi hurts. Not as much as the

death threats and the bullying that

2:55:202:55:25

came with it. Lot of abuse over the

Internet and stuff.

2:55:252:55:34

Internet and stuff. I thought about

never skating again. It took me two

2:55:342:55:39

years to get over that. It made me

suffer than I ever thought I could

2:55:392:55:45

be. -- tougher. I thought, I can do

this. I will do this.

2:55:452:55:59

this. I will do this. I am not

scared.

Elise Christie aiming to

2:55:592:56:04

become the first British woman...

I

am ready but the spotlight.

It is

2:56:042:56:12

going to be tight, she has done it,

she is the world champion. Elise

2:56:122:56:19

Christie. Here comes a Elise

Christie on the inside. It is

2:56:192:56:22

another gold medal.

Proving

something to the world. One gold

2:56:222:56:30

medal, two gold medals, three gold

medals. When something breaks your

2:56:302:56:35

heart, it takes awhile to love it

again. But I smiling now.

And she is

2:56:352:56:42

ready to go through it, isn't she

John?

I am so happy she is in a

2:56:422:56:46

great place and I am looking forward

to watching her and hopefully seen

2:56:462:56:49

her smile on top of the podium.

Let's look at your Olympic

2:56:492:56:55

predictions for the British

athletes. They have made their

2:56:552:57:01

predictions.

2:57:012:57:06

predictions. Chemmy Alcott, three

gold medals, four silver medals and

2:57:082:57:11

three bronze medals?

Yes, I am very

optimistic, when you get an early

2:57:112:57:18

victory or medal in the Olympics it

channels the positive energy to the

2:57:182:57:22

rest of the team. I have gone quite

high, it is winter sports and you

2:57:222:57:26

have to take the risk. A few of them

might not come out, but I believe in

2:57:262:57:31

them.

John, you are going high as

well, four gold medals, for bronze

2:57:312:57:37

medals, eight in total.

I can see

Elise Christie performing well and I

2:57:372:57:45

would like to see Lizzy Yarnold

become the double Olympic champion.

2:57:452:57:51

Amy, presumably she is one of your

predictions?

Yes, Laura Deas, the

2:57:512:57:57

underdog of the skeleton. She has

been ranked fifth in the world the

2:57:572:58:01

whole season and I think she has a

quicker start than Lizzy Yarnold. It

2:58:012:58:08

is a starter track and I am not

ruling her out.

The underdog in

2:58:082:58:14

Vancouver, could Laura Deas be the

one who comes through in skeleton?

2:58:142:58:17

The action starts tonight from 1am

onwards and we will have highlights

2:58:172:58:24

of the opening ceremony at 7pm but

from all the team, for now, goodbye.

2:58:242:58:38

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.