Winter Olympics 2018 Highlights: North Korea’s Performance, Kim Jong Un’s Sister, “Army of Beauties” and More (Photos)

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Winter Olympic Games have started so we have many interesting highlights to tell you.

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North Korea’s performance

North Koreans arrived in South Korea ahead of the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang. In general, there are nearly 500 people, including officials, athletes, artists and also a 230-member state-trained cheering group.

The Samjiyon Orchestra, a musical ensemble that consists of 137 vocalists and musicians, showcased the start of the Winter Olympics with a highly choreographed performance in the city of Gangneung.

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Source: Kim Hong-Ji/Reuters

An audience of 812 people enjoyed the 90-minute performance on Thursday, and its second and final performance is scheduled for Saturday in Seoul.

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Source: Kim Hong-Ji/Reuters

This is North Korea’s first musical performance in South Korea in 12 years.

North Korean ‘cheerleaders’

More than 200 sharply dressed North Korean cheerleaders arrived in South Korea for the Pyeongchang Olympics to support the joint North and South Korean team.

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Source: AP

The 229 chic young women were already called “the army of beauties”.

The cheerleaders are reportedly the product of a careful selection process in North Korea, screened for their family backgrounds, looks, skills and loyalty to the ruling Workers’ Party.


Kim Jong Un’s sister

Seems that the Games became a unique opportunity to have a look at Kim Jong Un’s sister – Kim Yo Jong who arrived in South Korea for the Winter Olympics ceremony.

Noteworthy that Yo Jong is the first member of her family to visit South Korea since the Korean War in 1950.

She also plans to have a meeting with South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Saturday.

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Source: Ahn Young-joon/AP

First US open gay Olympian

Figure skater Adam Rippon made history at the 2018 Winter Olympics before even stepping on the ice in PyeongChang.

The 28-year-old athlete was the first openly gay U.S. athlete to qualify for a Winter Olympics, and he is the oldest figure skater since 1939 to make his first trip to the Games.

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Source: Getty Images

The darkest pavilion

Better, harder, stronger and… darker.

Seems that the brand-new pavilion unveiled at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympic Games in South Korea and it is the darkest place you’ve ever seen.

Source: Luke Hayes/Asif Khan via Getty Image

A new project commissioned by Hyundai, British architect Asif Khan’s 10-meter-high temporary building has been erected specifically for the Games.

So-called “the darkest building on Earth” was made with the help of Vantablack pigment that is famous for being the darkest known artificial substance in the world — it absorbs up to 99.965 percent of the light that hits its surface.

Khan’s pavilion opens to the public on Feb. 9, coinciding with the Opening Ceremony of the Games.

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