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vivid celebration of fire and ice. The Winter Olympics officially kicked off and history was made just minutes into the opening ceremony. In an unprecedented move, South Korean President, Moon Jae-in, shook hands with Kim Yo-jong, sister of North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un. She's the first member of North Korea's ruling family to ever set foot in the south.
>> I'm Marius Grace Liam Cheung Chang where politics overshadowed sports tonight here at the opening ceremony for the 2018 Winter Olympics. The two countries North and South Korea came out marching together under a unified Korean flag. And the overall message that they were trying to send through this event was clear.
This would be the Olympics of peace and unification.>> But not everyone's convinced of Pyongyang's good intentions. US Vice President Mike Pence could be seen not looking too amused, sitting just a few feet from the North's delegation and Kim's sister. His guests of honor, the father of Otto Warmbier, the US student who died after being held prisoner by Pyongyang and for North Korean defectors.
Earlier in the day, tensions were even higher when hundreds of anti-North Korean protestors scuffled with police outside the stadium. Some even burnt North Korean flags and pictures of Kim Jong-un. Mixed emotions from Moscow's delegation as well. Team Russia is still officially band after the Sochi games doping scandal.
These athletes are technically independents despite the uniform, an appeal to admit 45 more failed just that morning. But there were some lighthearted moments as well, it was a performance with all the usual pageantry. And the flag bearer from Tonga stole the show, when he showed up oiled and topless despite the below freezing temperatures.
Also audience's got a laugh when Kim Jong-un and Donald Trump's look-alikes showed up for the event and are swiftly shown out by staff.