Amid Olympic Détente, Pence Snubs North Koreans In Visit To Pyeongchang

Amid Olympic Détente, Pence Snubs North Koreans In Visit To Pyeongchang

China's ambition to get its winter sports into the athletic mainstream by 2022 will see a major test in Pyeongchang, with learning over winning setting the tone for the country's athletes at the 2018 Winter Olympics. If one of the athletes wanted to defect, the time is right - but that's not likely to happen, experts say.

The rival countries did send representatives to the opening ceremonies, with USA vice-president Mike Pence and North Korea's ceremonial leader Kim Yong Nam both in attendance.

"Kim Yong Nam, Kim Yo Jong and President Moon Jae In and his wife all stood up to wave to the players of the north and the south", it said.

The wind has made life tough so far for competitors, with several athletes complaining of hard conditions.

But Moon has also said that he would be willing to meet Kim only if he received assurances from the North that it would help resolve the crisis over the North's nuclear weapons program.

Notably one-man Tongan team Pita Taufatofua, a cross-country skier who also competed in taekwondo at the 2016 Summer Games, caused a stir as he entered the stadium topless, just as he did in Rio, while Bermuda's athletes wore traditional shorts during the parade.

A 77-year-old man, the oldest performer at the ceremony, sang Arirang, a traditional Korean folk song considered the unofficial anthem of Korea.

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But Pence did not join the joyous welcome for the Korean detente: he remained seated with his wife, Karen Pence, and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, while others in the VIP box rose to cheer on the Koreans. The riverside facility is named after late U.S. Army commander Walton Walker, who's considered a war hero in the South for his battles against the North during the Korean War.

Kim Jong-il, Kim's father, had met with two South Korean presidents in Pyongyang, the North Korean capital, before his death in 2011: with President Kim Dae-jung in 2000, and with President Roh Moo-hyun in 2007.

Trumo and Kim Jong Un impersonators make an appearance.

The American skiing phenom has a chance to be the most decorated athlete at the Winter Olympics if everything goes her way.

He attended the Cheonan memorial with Fred Warmbier, the father of student Otto Warmbier, who died previous year shortly after North Korea sent him home in a coma following 17 months of detention for stealing a propaganda poster. The Sochi Opening Ceremony was not streamed.

"We're getting along great", said the Kim lookalike, according to Reuters. "I thought things would be unusual and very different, but I found a lot of things being similar", Kim said while proposing a toast at Sunday's dinner, according to Moon's office. International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach called it "a very emotional moment", one that gave him "goosebumps".

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