Got a TV Licence?

You need one to watch live TV on any channel or device, and BBC programmes on iPlayer. It’s the law.

Find out more
I don’t have a TV Licence.

Summary

  1. 23rd Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea
  2. Athletes from North and South Korea march under unified flag
  3. Skeleton champion Lizzy Yarnold carries GB flag
  4. 169 Russian athletes set to compete as neutrals
  5. Get involved using #bbcolympics

Live Reporting

By Michael Emons

All times stated are UK

Get involved

Let the Games begin

And that is the end of the opening ceremony and the end of this live page. Thank you for joining us.

We will have live coverage on television, radio and online throughout the event so please do join us again soon. Our live page will be going again at 00:00 GMT.

After a spectacular show, let the Games begin!

Olympic Flame
Getty Images

Watch: The Olympic Torch is lit at Winter Olympics 2018

The Olympic Torch is lit at Winter Olympics 2018

Torvill & Dean on top

Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean have, ahem, skated to victory in our poll on your greatest British Winter Olympics moment.

The ice dance duo came in ahead of skier Eddie 'The Eagle' Edwards. The vote is now closed.

Vote result
BBC

Coming up on the BBC

Some coverage to look out for coming up later on today on the BBC.

Winter Olympics replay

13:30-16:15, Winter Olympics - Team Figure Skating (replay), BBC Red Button

16:15-18:10 Winter Olympics - Curling Mixed Doubles (replay), BBC Red Button

Opening ceremony highlights

19:00-20:00, BBC Two and online

On Saturday, 10 February...

00:00-06:00, BBC One and BBC Red Button and online.

What you may have missed

  • The ceremony has lasted just over two hours, with Great Britain the 52nd nation to enter the stadium as 2014 skeleton gold medallist Lizzy Yarnold was holding the flag.
  • A team featuring the Olympic Athletes from Russia, came in holding the Olympic flag, as Russia as a country is banned from competing, although its individual athletes are not.
  • Tonga's Pita Taufatofua appeared in native costume, without a shirt on, despite the freezing cold temperatures - just as he had done in the 2016 summer Olympics in Rio.
  • A united Korea team, featuring athletes from North and South Korea, entered the arena together, under a unified Korea flag.
  • At the end of a stunning ceremony, 2010 figure skating gold medallist Yuna Kim lit the Olympic flame.
The Olympic torch
Getty Images

Ceremony verdict

Robin Cousins

Olympic gold medallist figure skater on BBC TV

I thought the precision of the whole performance and the delicacy in how everything was laid out was very classy. Nothing too frantic and some great dancing. I loved it.

Venue
BBC
Venue
BBC

Get Involved

#bbcolympics

Grant: No matter how many times you see it, the lighting of the Olympic flame never gets boring!

Venue
BBC

Watch: Musicians perform a unique version of John Lennon's 'Imagine'

Musicians perform a unique version of John Lennon's 'Imagine' at opening ceremony

The Olympic Flame is lit, so cue the fireworks, and a final display of colour and dance.

View more on twitter

Cousins delight at Yuna Kim role

Robin Cousins

Olympic gold medallist figure skater on BBC TV

She is one of the most revered athletes this country has ever produced. She is so charming and so lovely.

She is a mega superstar and a perfect choice for this role.

Lighting the flame

The Olympic Torch is lit at Winter Olympics 2018

The flame has now been passed to Yuna Kim, who won Olympic ice skating gold in 2010, she lights the flame and 30 fire rings rise towards the cauldron - and the Olympic flame is lit.

Emotional and pretty stunning.

Venue
BBC
Venue
BBC
Venue
BBC

This is getting pretty spectacular now. The torchbearers are running on an icy and glistening slope, leading up to the top of the stadium.

Two torchbearers stand in front of the slope, then the slope turns into lighted stairs as the pair reach the top.

'A special ceremony'

Nick Hope

BBC Sport in Pyeongchang

The athletes of North and South Korea marching together sends a “powerful message of peace to the world,” says International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach.

The response from the crowd tonight to the united nations was really quite powerful.

I’ve been lucky to cover several Olympics over the years and this opening ceremony really has been quite special.

Opening ceremony
BBC

The torch has entered the stadium and the torchbearers are Korean sports celebrities. The stadium is completely dark, but lit up by occasional flashing lights from the seats.

Olympic torch
BBC

'Let everyone shine'

For the past 101 days, the Olympic Flame has travelled every corner of Korea and now we are seeing the best parts of that in a video of the highlights, with people of all ages having a chance to take part.

"Let everyone shine," is the rather catchy Eurovision-style soundtrack to the video.

Now an athlete and coach takes the Olympic oath, on behalf of the athletes, officials and coaches, basically calling for fair play throughout. Let's hope so.

Not long before the Olympic flame is lit. We are now having the Olympic anthem, sung by opera singer Hwang Su-mi, and the raising of the Olympic flag.

Venue
BBC
BBC
BBC

What's the situation with Russia?

Russia is banned from the Winter Olympics - yet 169 of their athletes are still being allowed to compete as neutrals.

So what was the point of the ban?

Team 'OAR' - Olympic Athletes from Russia - are the third biggest group at the Games in Pyeongchang - behind only Canada and the United States.

So what exactly will this 'Russian' team look like? How many medals will they win? And why can't they be proud Russians on social media?

Find out more here

Pyeongchang
Getty Images

Here are the Olympic rings

A total of 1,218 drones and 100 skiers are combining to form the Olympic Rings in spectacular style.

A hundred skiers have raced down the slope, while at the same time the lights of the drones forms the rings in the sky above the stadium.

It is quite a sight. Stunning.

Venue
BBC
Venue
BBC
Venue
BBC

'What a moment'

Caroline Chapman

BBC Sport in Pyeongchang

What an entrance by the unified Korean team earlier.

The whole stadium stood up to greet them, and they continued to wave their mini torches as the team made their way round.

'Imagine all the people'

Musicians perform a unique version of John Lennon's 'Imagine' at opening ceremony

"Imagine" by John Lennon is now being sung by a Korean quartet.

Imagine
BBC
Imagine
BBC
Venue
BBC
View more on twitter

Koreans together

This is quite a picture.

View more on twitter

BBC Sport app users may need to refresh to see this content.

Cheers for Great Britain team

Nick Hope

BBC Sport in Pyeongchang

Huge applause for the British team - led by Olympic champion Lizzy Yarnold.

She was aiming to carry the flag one-handed around the entire arena - she certainly managed it around the first bend.

The ‘Olympic athletes from Russia’ squad followed soon after. No booing, but notably not applause either.

The GB team at the opening ceremony
Nick Hope

'Marching together sends a powerful message of peace to the world'

More from Thomas Bach, the crowd are loving this.

He continues: "A great example of this unifying power is the joint march here tonight of the two teams from the National Olympic Committees of the Republic of Korea and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. We thank you.

"All the athletes around me, all the spectators here in the stadium, and all Olympic fans watching around the world… we are all touched by this wonderful gesture. We all join and support you in your message of peace.

"United in our diversity, we are stronger than all the forces that want to divide us. Two years ago in Rio de Janeiro, with the first ever Refugee Olympic Team, the IOC sent a powerful message of hope to the world. Now in Pyeongchang, the athletes from the teams of the ROK and DPRK, by marching together, send a powerful message of peace to the world. Let us share this Olympic experience with the world. Let’s go together, Pyeongchang!"

'The world will be looking to you for inspiration'

More from IOC president Thomas Bach, who gives a uniting message to the athletes.

He says: "Over the next days, the world will be looking to you for inspiration. You will inspire us all to live together in peace and harmony despite all our differences. You will inspire us by competing for the highest honour in the Olympic spirit of excellence, respect and fair play.

"You can only really enjoy your Olympic performance if you respect the rules, and stay clean. Only then will your lifelong memories be the memories of a true and worthy Olympian. While you compete with each other, you live peacefully together in the Olympic Village, respecting the same rules, sharing your meals and your emotions with your fellow athletes.

"This is how you show that in sport we are all equal. This is how you show the unique power of sport to unite people."

Thomas Bach
BBC

'This will be the competition of your life'

Here is Thomas Bach, president of the International Olympic Committee.

He says: "This is the moment that we have all been waiting for: the first Olympic Games on snow and ice in the Republic of Korea. This is the moment that the Organising Committee, the public authorities and so many people have been working for with great dedication and commitment. You all can be very proud tonight.

"Now is the time for Pyeongchang! Thank you to everyone who has made this moment possible. A special thanks goes to the thousands of volunteers who have welcomed us so warmly: Thank you, volunteers. Dear athletes, now, it’s your turn! This will be the competition of your life."

'There were tears'

Some more pictures of Team GB as they entered the stadium.

BBC Sport app users may need to click on the link to see the tweets.

View more on twitter
View more on twitter

Watch: United Korea team welcomed at opening ceremony

Historic moment as United Korea team arrive at opening ceremony

A picture of colour

Robin Cousins

Olympic gold medallist figure skater on BBC TV

There is nothing like walking out in a stadium for an opening ceremony and feeling the camaradarie between all of the teams.

It's a picture of colour with all those athletes out there to do one thing and one thing only, and that is to deliver the best performance they can.

Get Involved

#bbcolympics

Jackie Hodson: Finding all this surprisingly emotional.

Toran Shaw: Did I just see one of the Korean athletes do the Mobot?

Claire: American athletes have heated jackets, Tongan flag bearer has no shirt on & a skirt.

Looking good

Some more of the stunning ceremony that is going on at the moment.

Venue
BBC
Venue
BBC
Venue
BBC

'Pretty special'

BBC's Caroline Chapman, who is in Pyeongchang, had a great view of the Korean team coming into the stadium.

"What an entrance by the unified Korean team. The whole stadium stood up to greet them, and they continued to wave their mini torches as the team made its way around."

BBC Sport app users may need to click on the link to see the tweet.

View more on twitter

That is all of the nations into the arena, almost pretty much bang on time. We will have some speeches at 12:30 GMT ish and the lighting of the flame about 30 minutes after that. Stay tuned.

Watch: Tonga's Pita Taufatofua embraces cold in native outfit

Tonga's Pita Taufatofua embraces cold in native outfit

The arrival of the unified Korean team

Robin Cousins

Olympic gold medallist figure skater on BBC TV

There is nothing like sport to bring countries and nations together. The athletes perform from the heart. We were told people in the audience were sobbing waiting to see this moment happen. It's incredibly inspiring.

View more on twitter

A united Korea team

Historic moment as United Korea team arrive at opening ceremony

The biggest cheer of the night comes for the last team of the night. And it is a great sight as a united Korea team, walking in under the flag of a united korea, comes in together.

The flag is held by two people - Hwang Chung-gum of North Korea and Won yunjong of South Korea, with South Korea president Moon Jae-in watching on.

Moon Jae-in
BBC
Korea
BBC

Here are how the Kazakhstan, Chile, Czech Republic and Georgia teams looked.

View more on twitter

Watch: Great Britain are welcomed at opening ceremony

Great Britain are welcomed at the 2018 Winter Olympics opening ceremony

Get Involved

#bbcolympics

Gemma McGroarty: Mr Tonga needs to be careful in case that baby oil freezes...