Best Pics From the Opening Ceremony β€” Including That Shirtless Flagbearer

The 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics have begun! The stunning Opening Ceremony kicked off on February 9 and there were a bevy of breathtaking moments. 


It also marked the return of viral Tongan flagbearer Pita Taufatofua, who made his way through the freezing stadium shirtless and oiled up. You’ll remember Taufatofua β€” and his abs β€” when he first went viral for carrying Tonga's flag at Rio's 2016 Opening Ceremony.

The opening ceremony also saw a historic moment between North and South Korea. Athletes from both countries marched into the Opening Ceremony together. South Korean bobsledder Won Yun-jong and North Korean ice hockey player Hwang Chung-gum held onto the Republic of Korea flag together while entering the massive stadium.

Team USA walked in to the tune of 2012 hit PSY’s "Gangnam Style.” There was also a bevy of other epic music moments such as a K-pop medley including BTS' "DNA" to BigBang's "Fantastic Baby.”

The Opening Ceremony also included a spectacular performance of β€œImagine” and incredible visuals, including a giant white tiger. 

And of course, the lighting of the torch, which traveled 2,018 kilometres and been carried by around 7,500 torchbearers by the time it reached Pyeongchang. 

Watch the Olympics on NBC or stream online via and the NBC Sports app.

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