The Winter Olympics 2018 will kick-off in South Korea on February 9, 2018. This will be the first time for the Winter Olympics event to be held in South Korea. Fans of the popular event can watch the ceremony live online via this guide.
When Does It Start?
The ceremony will start on Friday, February 9, at 6 a.m. ET. The entire show will last for about 2 hours.
The competition, however, will start a day before the opening ceremony as the first rounds of curling and ski jumping will take place on February 8.
Where Will It Be Held?
The opening and closing ceremonies will be held in Pyeongchang Olympic Stadium. The 35,000-person arena, which cost around $58 million, will not host any athletic events.
The worse thing about the stadium is that it’s constructed with an open-roof to save costs and speed up development. This will expose the athletes and the crowd to extreme cold and may lead to cases of hypothermia. Organizers are planning stopgap measures to keep everyone warm, including distributing hot packs and blankets.
What Will Happen?
According to the Telegraph, the opening ceremony will follow the same general schedule as the Sochi Winter Olympics four years ago:
- Entry by the head of state
- Playing of the national anthem
- Parade of participants
- Symbolic release of doves
- Head of state declares the Games open
- Raising of the Olympic flag
- The Olympic oath is taken by an athlete, official, and coach
- The Olympic flame and the torch relay
- The artistic program (a.k.a., the big show)
According to the NBC, Katie Couric and Mike Tirico will share hosting duties at the opening ceremony of Winter Olympics.
Couric has previously worked for the opening ceremonies of the Sydney, Salt Lake City, and Athens Games, so she’s no stranger to such events. Lauer, on the other hand, had co-hosted the opening ceremony in Rio with Meredith Vieira in 2016.
How to watch Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony online?
To watch the opening ceremony of the 2018 Winter Olympics live online, you’ll need to have a subscription of the NBC channel. Because NBC isn’t available from everywhere, you just need to follow the steps given below:
- Subscribe to a VPN.
- Download the VPN app.
- Connect to a US server.
- Get the NBC Sports app.
- Sit back and enjoy!
Now that you know how to watch the Winter Olympics opening ceremony live online, we hope that you’ll enjoy the ceremony as it happens in Korea!