SLIDESHOW: Diplomacy, dazzling displays take center stage at Olympics opening

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Posted at Feb 09 2018 08:10 PM | Updated as of Feb 09 2018 11:56 PM

Organizers of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics pulled out all stops in a spectacular ceremony to officially kick off the Games on Friday.

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Performers during the opening ceremony at Pyeongchang Olympic Stadium Friday. Christof Stache, Reuters

President of South Korea Moon Jae-in, his wife Kim Jung-Sook and Kim Yo-Jong, the sister of North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un during the opening ceremony at Pyeongchang Olympic Stadium Friday. Kim Kyung-Hoon, Reuters

Performers during the opening ceremony at Pyeongchang Olympic Stadium Friday. Rob Schumacher, USA Today Sports/Reuters

Performers during the opening ceremony at Pyeongchang Olympic Stadium Friday. Rob Schumacher, USA Today Sports/Reuters

Former NBA basketball player and top Chinese sports official Yao Ming is seen during the opening ceremony at Pyeongchang Olympic Stadium Friday. Phil Noble, Reuters

The flag of South Korea is raised during the opening ceremony at Pyeongchang Olympic Stadium Friday. Toby Melville, Reuters

A general view shows the opening ceremony at Pyeongchang Olympic Stadium on Friday. Pawel Kopczynski, Reuters

South Korean President Moon Jae-in toasts with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and North Korea's nominal head of state Kim Yong Nam at the Winter Olympic reception in Pyeongchang, South Korea Friday. Yonhap via Reuters

South Korean President Moon Jae-in shakes hands with Kim Jong Un's younger sister, Kim Yo Jong, at the Winter Olympics opening ceremony in Pyeongchang, South Korea Friday. Yonhap via Reuters

The US flag is paraded during the opening ceremony at Pyeongchang Olympic Stadium on Friday. Pawel Kopczynski, Reuters

A general view shows the opening ceremony at Pyeongchang Olympic Stadium on Friday.Stefano Rellandini, Reuters

A general view shows the opening ceremony at Pyeongchang Olympic Stadium on Friday. Pawel Kopczynski, Reuters

A general view shows the opening ceremony at Pyeongchang Olympic Stadium on Friday. Pawel Kopczynski, Reuters

A general view shows the opening ceremony at Pyeongchang Olympic Stadium on Friday. Pawel Kopczynski, Reuters

Former figure skater Yuna Kim of South Korea lights the Olympic cauldron during the opening ceremony at Pyeongchang Olympic Stadium on Friday. Damir Sagolj, Reuters

Former figure skater Yuna Kim of South Korea lights the Olympic cauldron during the opening ceremony at Pyeongchang Olympic Stadium on Friday. Phil Noble, Reuters

A performer during the opening ceremony at Pyeongchang Olympic Stadium on Friday. Carlos Barria, Reuters

Pita Taufatofua of Tonga carries his country's national flag in the opening ceremony at Pyeongchang Olympic Stadium on Friday. Sean M. Haffey, Reuters

US Vice-President Mike Pence, North Korea's nominal head of state Kim Yong Nam, and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's younger sister Kim Yo Jong attend the opening ceremony at Pyeongchang Olympic Stadium on Friday. Yonhap via Reuters

People dressed up as US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un attend the Winter Olympics opening ceremony in Pyeongchang on Friday. Yonhap via Reuters

A general view shows the opening ceremony at Pyeongchang Olympic Stadium on Friday. Pawel Kopczynski, Reuters

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