The 2018 Winter Olympics will officially kick off with the Opening Ceremony in Pyeongchang’s Olympic Stadium on Friday. You can watch the ceremony live at 7am or NBC will have a prime time broadcast at 7pm hosted by Katie Couric and Mike Tirico. At the Opening Ceremony, all athletes will march into the stadium during the Parade of Nations. This year’s Opening Ceremony will celebrate Korean culture with a theme of peace, history and modern culture. North Korea agreed to parade with South Korea under one flag.
Apparently, the $58 million Pyeongchang Olympic Stadium where both the opening and closing ceremonies will be held was built without a roof as part of time-saving measures and does not have central heating because it’s too expensive. Temperatures are expected to be in the low 30s during the ceremonies and that doesn’t include the wind chill.
There have been some great opening/closing ceremonies in the Olympics. I clearly remember the Beijing opening ceremony in 2008. It was without a doubt one of the greatest spectacles in Olympic history. I personally feel like no one else has matched it. Do you remember that one or any others?