Winter Olympics: Arbitration Court dismisses 47 appeals from Russian athletes, coaches

Winter Olympics: Arbitration Court dismisses 47 appeals from Russian athletes, coaches

Winter Olympics: Arbitration Court dismisses 47 appeals from Russian athletes, coaches

At the Olympics opening ceremonies in Pyeongchang, South Korea, on Friday, Vice President Mike Pence sat mere feet away from Kim Yo Jong, the sister and trusted adviser of none other than North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un.

All broke out in broad smiles.

He met and shook hands with President Moon at a leaders' reception ahead of the opening ceremony of the games. That's also significant: Top South Korean and North Korean officials rarely interact with one another. Here's everything else we know about her from various reports.

Kim Yo Jong is the first member of the North's ruling dynasty to visit the south since the end of the Korean War in 1953.

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He is due to meet the North Korean delegation for talks on Saturday according to Yonhap.

However, just a block from the Olympic a few dozen protestors raged against the presence of North Korean athletes and officials at the Games, tearing up a North Korean flag as emotions ran high. There was another handshake. Due to the packed schedule of the Games, that pre-Opening Ceremony primetime coverage was the first time NBC aired competition before the big parade and flag waving in the Olympic stadium. He directly criticized the parade, but was then asked if the USA had ceded "moral high ground" on the issue, given President Donald Trump's interest in holding such a parade himself.

South Korean figure skater Kim Yuna, gold medalist at the 2010 Vancouver Games, lighted the Olympic Flame at the ceremony in Pyeongchang.

"We're going to promote peace and show people this is what peace can look like".

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"We are here today because the Pyeongchang Olympics, a pure sports events, has turned into propaganda for the North Korean regime, Kim Jong Un's regime, that is against our will", said Kyung Hye Kim.

The games are taking place amid an worldwide standoff over North Korea's nuclear weapons.

The opening ceremony took place before a world watching the Games not only for their athletic significance and global spectacle, but for clues about what the political future of the peninsula could hold. Despite the sanctions on the country for a state-sponsored doping program, more than 150 Russian athletes will compete here.

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