Reigning Gold Medalist Drops Out Of Winter Olympics After Brain Injury

US Vice-President Mike Pence rains on Olympic parade with Korea team snub

When it comes to population, the city might be the smallest to host the Olympics since 1994, but the amount of revenue that will be generated should be quite the opposite.

Of course it wasn't the actual, larger-than-life leaders, rather it was a pair of impersonators who caused quite a stir amongst locals and tourists in the South Korean.

The Winter Olympics kicked off from Pyeongchang, South Korea, on Friday night and NBC saw just a slight drop in TV ratings from four years ago.

Kim, who retired after winning a silver medal in Sochi, performed a brief skating routine before sending flames shooting up to light the cauldron. It's not strictly a commentary on the length of the races, though long track races trend toward longer distances.

Pence said the U.S. would "demand at the outset of any new dialogue or negotiations that the Kim regime put denuclearization on the table and take concrete steps with the world community to dismantle, permanently and irreversibly, their nuclear and ballistic missile programs".

Moon and Kim Yong Nam, the North's ceremonial head of state, will jointly attend the unified Korean women's ice hockey team's first match later Saturday evening. In fact, it seems like every move he made was designed to heighten hostilities. So it does not come as a surprise that Pence was sitting.

North Korea is sending athletes and a large delegation to its southern neighbour as relations - at least temporarily - thaw between the two nations on the eve of one of the coldest Games on record.

Cameras caught Pence not standing as the 143 athletes entered the stadium. Lawmakers from Moon's liberal ruling party have talked about the possibility of South Korea sending a special envoy to Pyongyang to meet with Kim Jong Un. And nothing captured that theme more than athletes from rival countries - South Korea and North Korea - marching together to a song that speaks to all Korean people.

You can see some images of Kim at the meeting with Moon below.

The choir performs at official events and competitions. However, to perform in front of so many audience it was my first time. South Korea is only the eighth country in the world to have organised both the Summer and Winter Games.

The officials toasted with the Korean liquor "soju" and were served buckwheat and potato pancakes, dried pollock soup, grilled halibut and other dishes.

Pence avoided the North Korean official entirely.

President Moon Jae In is also expected to receive a high-powered North Korean government delegation headed by Mr Kim Yong Nam, its nominal head of state, and Ms Kim Yo Jong, the younger sister of the North Korean leader. "North Korea is continuing to develop nuclear weapons at this very moment", Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told Moon in a one-on-one meeting Friday.

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