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Winter Olympics open with parade, fireworks

Russian athletes arrive during the opening ceremony of the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Friday, Feb. 9, 2018. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) - The Winter Games are officially underway in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

South Korean President Moon Jae-In has declared the games open, and South Korean figure skating gold medalist Yuna Kim has ignited the Olympic cauldron in a chilly opening ceremony that highlighted Korean unity.

A North Korean and South Korean from the countries' joint hockey team also participated in the ceremony, handing off to Kim.

On Saturday, the women's hockey team that is made up of players from the host country and its neighbor to the north will play its opening game against Switzerland.

The opening ceremony kicked off what will be the biggest Winter Olympic Games to date with more than 2,900 athletes from 92 countries competing.

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