The 2018 Winter Olympics Ceremony opened with a bang, literally. The highly-anticipated sports event featured a surprise appearance from a pop star and with drones that lit up the sky during the kick-off.
2018 Olympics Gangnam Style
The XXIII Olympic Winter Games is being held in Pyeongchang, South Korea from Feb. 9 to 25. Pyeongchang was chosen in 2011 for the event, making this the first time for South Korea to host the Winter Olympics.
The 2018 event will hold 102 games, including mass start speed skating, big air snowboarding, and mixed team alpine skiing.
Team USA is representing the land of the free, with almost half of the team members being females. Also, this year the USA team has the most diversity, with 10 African-Americans, 11 Asian-Americans, and two proud gay competitors playing for the team.
The opening ceremony showed the unification of countries by lighting up the sky with drones and fireworks.
PyeongChang was beautifully decorated with fireworks and united whole world as one 평창은 아름다운 불꽃으로 수놓아지고, 전 세계인의 마음은 감동으로 물들었습니다. #2018평창 #개회식 #불꽃 #감동 #PyeongChang2018 #Fireworks A post shared by PyeongChang2018 (@pyeongchang2018) on Feb 9, 2018 at 6:33am PST
The lighting of the Olympic Flame was done by the combined North and South Korean women's hockey team members Park Jong-ah and Chung Su Hyon, and popular figure skating medalist Yuna Kim.
Perhaps the biggest surprise was the entrance of the USA team to the popular song "Gangman Style" by Psy. Of course, the fun entrance sent social media into a frenzy.
Walking out to #GangnamStyle is a highlight of #PyeongChang2018 #OpeningCeremony #Olympics2018 @nytimes pic.twitter.com/vKjtSDmtMO — Marianne Bornhoft (@spokanehouse) February 9, 2018
Is anyone else watching the #Olympics2018 Opening Ceremony with baited breath anticipating a grand finale where the whole stadium breaks into #GangnamStyle or is it just me? — SamsterW (@SamsterW72) February 9, 2018
wait, are they seriously playing #gangnamstyle at the #winterolympics? forget the medals, THIS IS GOLD. — Em (@dresdendoll) February 9, 2018
With a spectacular opening and the finest garment created for the American athletes, this year's Olympics may be one of the biggest ones to date. Who will take home the gold?