South Korea hopes Chinese tourists will return as Olympics kick off

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The North Korean delegation also included the country's 90-year-old nominal head of state Kim Yong Nam, who was expected to attend a VIP reception before opening ceremony. The United States sent 244 athletes to this year's games - the largest US contingent ever.

None of this means the intractable issues isolating the North from South - let alone the rest of the world - are solved. USA officials have grown increasingly dire in their warnings about the North's march toward developing an operational nuclear-tipped ballistic missile capable of reaching the continental U.S.

North Korea agreed in January to send a delegation to the Olympics and to hold talks with South Korea, easing tensions that have soared over Pyongyang's nuclear and missile tests.

He arrived Friday in Pyeongchang to cheer on American athletes, but Pence said he was warning the world against falling for the glossy image of the two Koreas as they are set to march in the opening ceremony under one flag.

The Canadian men's hockey team plays the Korean team on February 18 at 5:10 a.m. Overall there are 20 Minnesotans (and one alternate) on Team USA, the third-most after Colorado (31) and California (21).

But others were making the most of the rare event.

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Of course, every story won't be a feel-good tale, and in fact there are already several unfortunate Olympic developments, including the NHL's shortsighted decision not to participate. The film was co-produced by Mark Levy, Senior Vice President, Original Productions and Creative, NBC Sports Group; Joe Gesue, Senior Vice President, Olympic Production and Executive Editor, NBC Sports Group; Phil Parrish, Senior Producer, NBC Sports Group; and Matt Allen, Senior Features Producer, NBC Sports Group.

Earlier this week, the International Olympic Committee also refused a request from 13 Russian athletes and two coaches to participate in the PyeongChang Games - despite the group having their lifetime bans for doping overturned by the Swiss-based CAS.

There's also the sordid story of Russian athletes disqualified for doping.

"JioTV will work with IOC (International Olympic Committee) to provide comprehensive coverage of the Games in India, thus enabling millions to access live and catch-up content on their mobile devices, on the move", a Jio statement said. The dinner brought together people from all walks of society, from the worlds of politics and business, from arts and society as well as many Olympic athletes, past and present. The disconnect sends a mixed message about just how tough the International Olympic Committee plans to be on doping.

"The spirit of the Olympic Games is indescribable, the who world is represented and watching". But so too has hope for peace through sport, and at least so far the Pyeongchang Games have delivered.

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