The Winter Olympics have officially begun.

Tonight is the first of four events that will be held at the Pyeongchang Olympic Stadium.

Fortunately, the weather is still at -2C (29F), much better than expected as temperatures were believed to dip below -17C.

US president Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un did not attend the opening ceremony earlier today.

The extraordinary show of lights and action, which took place at 11am UK time, indicated the start of the competition.

The first artistic segment featured five children on a quest of peace, following the ‘White Tiger’ – one of the four guardian gods.

In another sequence, entitled the “Land of Peace”, beautifully elaborated puppets and dancers filled the stage.

After the national anthem, the teams entered, marching in alphabetical order, according to their names in Korean language.

Pita Taufatofua of Tonga became an instant Olympics hero after coming out in a grass skirt despite the temperature.

He became a viral sensation two years ago after he led his delegation into the Rio opening ceremony shirtless and oiled-up.

Lizzy Yarnold carried the flag for the British team, in front of around 30,000 spectators, as she looks to retain her title in Skeleton racing.

Korea entered as one: the delegations from South Korea and North Korea paraded under the Korean unification flag.

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