Bring it on! Let The Games Begin!
Already!? Another Winter Games!? Okay, so time flies when you are having fun, well I must be having way to much fun. Speaking of it – I just love the International Olympics Opening Event. There so much involved with production, logistics, design, seating, VIP and major hype around it all the way until the torch is lit, and then beyond. I have been lucky enough to attend three Olympic Games, summer and winter. It’s beyond words to describe the exhilaration. The best part for me is meeting interesting people from around the world, all coming together in sport. All countries, all cultures. I remember attending the games in Torino, Greece, Atlanta… cheering at downhill racing, indoor hockey and beach volleyball, all amazing, and usually very well-orchestrated. Fans go nuts, trading pins with others, losing voices screaming for their team, to later partying with fans from all over in celebration. You could be screaming against your rival during the game, then partying with them after. Oh yes, it’s one BIG party.
It’s a very special experience. This year I’ll be watching the Opening Ceremonies from my living room in Colorado. So when is it and who is performing?
The 2018 Extravaganza
The 2018 Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony takes place on Feb. 9 at 6 AM ET…and at 8 PM ET. The 2018 Winter Olympics will take place in PyeongChang, South Korea, which is about 14-hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time. So, when the Opening Ceremony takes place at 8 PM in Korea, fans will have to get up early to watch the event in real time. Thankfully, NBC (the network that is broadcasting the entire Winter Olympics) will run a primetime broadcast of the ceremony at 8 PM. Mike Tirico and Katie Couric will host. Katie is fabulous, we first met at the Torino Olympics, so glad she is back to host. Also, yes — the Opening Ceremony is taking place on the 9th, one day after the Winter Olympics holds its first events. Just run with it.
The theme of the ceremony is Peace. Viewers of the Opening Ceremony will be treated to a story of five children who find peace through adventure. It will be like a fairy tale in the winter,” Song Seung-Whan, general director of the opening and closing of the Winter Olympics, told the Nikkei Asian Review. “It’s a fantasy, which children see as a dream.” How neat. By the way, Soohorang, the white tiger, is the mascot of the game, while Bandabi, the black bear, is the mascot of the 2018 Winter Paralympics.
Two of the performers confirmed for the event include an Indie rocker and a pop vocalist. Organizers for the Opening Ceremony have done their best to keep most of the event under wraps. Yet, some rumors and secrets have gotten out. Ha Hyun Woo, 36, the lead vocalist and guitarist for the indie rock band Guckkasten, will reportedly take part in the ceremony, according to Billboard. Ahn Ji Young, 22, of pop duo Bolbbalgan4, will also reportedly be involved.
I’ll be watching Olympian Lindsey Vonn and her downhill skiing – hope she makes it by Friday. She apparently had a travel glitch with documentation issues. Go Lindsey!
Someone spoiled one surprise. Speaking of the Olympic flame, one of the Opening Ceremony’s biggest centerpieces made its debut a bit prematurely, thanks to one nosy photographer. A photog for Reuters named Fabrizio Bensch was at the Pyeongchang Olympic Stadium during a rehearsal, and he took pictures of a towering, five-pronged Olympic flame structure, according to Yahoo Sports. This structure was supposed to stay unseen until the ceremony. Yikes!
It’s sure to be an exciting 2018 Olympics. To check out the U.S. athletes going to the games at www.teamusa.org. The Olympics begin live February 8, with Opening Ceremony February 9th. Go USA!