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With extraordinary political optics, Winter Olympics begin
by Foster Klug
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9 February 2018
On 9 February 2018 The Associated Press reported:
In an extraordinary show of unexpected unity, North and South Korea sat side by side Friday night (9 February) under exploding fireworks that represented peace, not destruction, as the 2018 Winter Olympics opened on a Korean Peninsula riven by generations of anger, suspicion, and bloodshed. The sister of North Korea's leader, Kim Jong Un, shook hands with South Korean President Moon Jae-in -- and appeared genuinely pleased -- while they watched an elaborate show of light, sound, and human performance.
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. . . There is a palpable excitement in this isolated, rugged mountain town [Pyeongchang], as one of the poorest, coldest, and most disgruntled parts of an otherwise prosperous South Korea kicks off two weeks of winter sports, spectacle and, from the looks of things, some inter-Korean reconciliation.
After a chaotic year of nuclear war threats and nuclear and missile tests from the North, the opening ceremony proved to be an evening of striking visual moments. ...
More than 2,900 athletes from 92 countries will compete here, making it the biggest Winter Olympics to date.
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