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Chemmy Alcott

Britain's Greatest Ever Female Skier


9 February 2018Winter Olympics 2018 opening ceremony: When is it, how can I watch it and who is playing?

Winter Olympics 2018 opening ceremony

When is the PyeongChang 2018 opening ceremony?

The olympiad will in fact get underway on Thursday although PyeongChang 2018 will officially open with Friday night’s opening ceremony.

No medals will be awarded before then but some events, such as the curling’s round-robin tournament, are too lengthy to squeeze into the 16-day schedule.

The opening ceremony is due to get underway at 8pm local time in Pyeongchang - which is 11am UK time.

Princess Ann is in Pyeongchang for the Winter Olympics

Who is performing at the PyeongChang 2018 opening ceremony?

The theme for the event is peace, something that will be in focus throughout the month as South Korea and North Korea both attempt to use the international event to smooth relations.

The two countries will compete in a joint capacity in the women’s ice hockey tournament and the head of the North’s parliament Kim Yong-nam is due to visit Seoul during the Winter Olympics.

Delegations from both countries will march under a Korean unification flag during the Parade of Nations.

The opening ceremony will be performed by a number of pop stars famous in Korea such as Ha Hyun-Woo of the band Guckkasten and Jeon In-kwon, who will be joined by his band Deulgukhwa.

The national anthem will performed by Hyolyn while Insooni will sing the theme song for the PyeongChang 2018 torch relay: “Let Everyone Shine”.

The total cast for the ceremony, which will also feature augmented reality elements, is expected to number around 2000.

The event will also be attended by a number of dignitaries from around the world including US vice-president Mike Pence and French president Emmanuel Macron.

How can I watch the PyeongChang 2018 opening ceremony on TV and online?

The rights for the Winter Olympics have been split between BBC and Eurosport, but both stations will air the opening ceremony.

BBC viewers can watch the action on BBC 1 from 10.30am to 1.30pm.

On Eurosport 1 the coverage will start at 10.30am and run until 1.10pm.

To stream the BBC coverage, you can simply log onto the BBC Sport mobile app or watch via the BBC Sport website - although you are required to hold a valid TV licence and may have to log in.

Eurosport Player day passes cost £4.99 while an annual pass costs £29.99 and gives you access to both channels on a range of devices all year round.


Athletes have snubbed the Winter Olympics opening ceremony in Pyeongchang - and ex-Team GB skier Chemmy Alcott has revealed why.

The opening ceremony took place at 11am on Friday but hundreds of competitors from countries all round the world were absent.

Alcott competed at four Winter Olympics herself and she has revealed the struggle that athletes face behind the scenes as they wait to follow the flag bearer out.

“I went to four Olympics and I just went to one because, in Sochi, the training camp was cancelled because of the warm temperatures,” Alcott told the BBC.

“I decided then psychologically, because it was my last Games, I needed to go. I needed to feel part of something bigger than me as an Olympic sport. I wanted to feel that vibe.

“So many times athletes don’t go and you don’t see this but, behind the scenes, you are standing there for hours like sardines. It’s not so glamorous.

“When you go out with that flag and walk out, it’s amazing, but there is a big preparation for it.

“With it being that cold, it’s not great before your event.”

Source: https://www.express.co.uk/sport/othersport/915288/Winter-Olympics-2018-opening-ceremony-timings-start-schedule-TV-channel-live-stream