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Two players from the joint Korean women's hockey team carried the Olympic flame together during the opening ceremony of the PyeongChang Winter Games on Friday.

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, North Korea's nominal head of state Kim Yong-nam, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's younger sister Kim Yo-jong, and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe are seen at the Winter Olympics opening ceremony in Pyeongchang on February 9, 2018.

The 2018 Winter Olympics is underway in South Korea, and for the first time in history North Korea and South Korea are competing under a neutral flag.

North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un's sister, making an unprecedented visit to South Korean soil, will now likely attend the same opening ceremony as US Vice President Mike Pence, who's vowing toughest-ever sanctions on the North.

Before the ceremony, South Korean officials released a statement from President Moon Jae-in.

Kim's sister, Kim Yo Jong, was at the opening ceremony with North Korea's nominal head of state, 90-year-old Kim Yong Nam.

IOC president Thomas Bach told the crowd on the live broadcast that "this is the moment that we have all been waiting for: The first Olympic games on snow and ice in the Republic of Korea".

NBC: Primetime coverage begins February 8 - a day before the opening ceremony - with figure skating, skiing and ski jumping.

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On a chilly evening in a stadium roughly 50 miles from the demilitarized zone that since the armistice in 1953 has buffered North from South, athletes and officials from the two Koreas reprised a march behind a blue-on-white flag representing a united Korea.

Marching in order of the Korean alphabet, the Australians were forced to wait in the wings before snowboarding gold medal hope Scotty James led the team out. North Korean athletes and performers will even appear in the South. However, "If they (the North Koreans) had approached him (in the box) he would have responded", added the official.

The North has sent almost 500 people to the PyeongChang Games.

Before training earlier this week, South Korean Kam Alex Kang Chan and North Korea's Kim Ju Sik used the same locker room and put on skates early so they had spare time together.

Such sentiment was displayed when the government announced a 9,700-ton North Korean ship, Mangyongbong-92, would be allowed into South Korean waters to bring 114 members of an art troupe to will perform in Gangneung, South Korea, last Thursday and in Seoul this Sunday.

Thursday's coverage included freestyle skiing and men's figure skating - including a devastating performance for USA hopeful Nathan Chen.

It is the third Winter Games being held in Asia after the 1972 Sapporo Winter Olympics and the 1998 Nagano Winter Olympics.

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