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Sports WINTER OLYMPICS: Here are the biggest moments from the opening ceremony

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The 2018 Winter Olympics officially kicked off on Friday with the opening ceremony held in the Pyeongchang Olympic Stadium.

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(Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

The 2018 Winter Olympics officially kicked off on Friday with the opening ceremony held in the Pyeongchang Olympic Stadium.

While NBC will air the ceremony in primetime on Friday evening in the US, the ceremony was carried live — sans commentary this year — online.

Below we will follow along with the biggest moments from the opening ceremony.

The show opened with fireworks and an incredible view of the stadium with the mountain events lit up in the background.

The show opened with fireworks and an incredible view of the stadium with the mountain events lit up in the background. play

The show opened with fireworks and an incredible view of the stadium with the mountain events lit up in the background.

(NBC Sports Live)


The stadium, which was built just for the Olympics and will be torn down later this year, is a pentagon to represent the five goals of the games: the economy, technology, the arts, peace, and the environment.

The stadium, which was built just for the Olympics and will be torn down later this year, is a pentagon to represent the five goals of the games: the economy, technology, the arts, peace, and the environment. play

The stadium, which was built just for the Olympics and will be torn down later this year, is a pentagon to represent the five goals of the games: the economy, technology, the arts, peace, and the environment.

(Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony)


The show opened with a large white tiger being followed by a group of children out of cave.

The show opened with a large white tiger being followed by a group of children out of cave. play

The show opened with a large white tiger being followed by a group of children out of cave.

(Jamie Squire/Getty Images)


The children appeared to discover a world of other mythical creatures.

The children appeared to discover a world of other mythical creatures. play

The children appeared to discover a world of other mythical creatures.

(NBC Sports Live)


The opening scene was followed by the introduction of the President of the Republic of Korea, Moon Jae-in.

The opening scene was followed by the introduction of the President of the Republic of Korea, Moon Jae-in. play

The opening scene was followed by the introduction of the President of the Republic of Korea, Moon Jae-in.

(NBC Sports Live)


The ceremony then moved into the pageantry of the event, including a choreographed dance of drummers.

The ceremony then moved into the pageantry of the event, including a choreographed dance of drummers. play

The ceremony then moved into the pageantry of the event, including a choreographed dance of drummers.

(NBC Sports Live)


The South Korean flag was then carried into the stadium.

The South Korean flag was then carried into the stadium. play

The South Korean flag was then carried into the stadium.

(NBC Sports Live)


The flag was carried by past Korean Olympic champions.

The flag was carried by past Korean Olympic champions. play

The flag was carried by past Korean Olympic champions.

(Reuters)


The parade of nations began with Greece as usual, due to their role in the origin of the Olympics.

The parade of nations began with Greece as usual, due to their role in the origin of the Olympics. play

The parade of nations began with Greece as usual, due to their role in the origin of the Olympics.

(NBC Sports Live)


The countries then enter alphabetically, based on their names in the language of the host country.

The countries then enter alphabetically, based on their names in the language of the host country. play

The countries then enter alphabetically, based on their names in the language of the host country.

(NBC Sports Live)


The American delegation was largest ever in Winter Olympics history, with 242 athletes.

The American delegation was largest ever in Winter Olympics history, with 242 athletes. play

The American delegation was largest ever in Winter Olympics history, with 242 athletes.

(Christophe Ena)


And everybody wanted a selfie with Lindsey Vonn or Shaun White.

And everybody wanted a selfie with Lindsey Vonn or Shaun White. play

And everybody wanted a selfie with Lindsey Vonn or Shaun White.

(NBC)


Vice President Mike Pence was in attendance.

Vice President Mike Pence was in attendance. play

Vice President Mike Pence was in attendance.

(Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)


A fake Donald Trump and fake Kim Jong-un were spotted in the stands and were kicked out.

A fake Donald Trump and fake Kim Jong-un were spotted in the stands and were kicked out. play

A fake Donald Trump and fake Kim Jong-un were spotted in the stands and were kicked out.

(Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)


The team from Bermuda came out in shorts!

The team from Bermuda came out in shorts! play

The team from Bermuda came out in shorts!

(Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony)


Former NBA basketball player Yao Ming was also at the opening ceremony.

Former NBA basketball player Yao Ming was also at the opening ceremony. play

Former NBA basketball player Yao Ming was also at the opening ceremony.

(Phil Noble/Reuters)


The athletes from Russia walked out behind an Olympic flag and without a flag bearer.

The athletes from Russia walked out behind an Olympic flag and without a flag bearer. play

The athletes from Russia walked out behind an Olympic flag and without a flag bearer.

(Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)


Pita Taufatofua of Tonga, who became famous for going shirtless and oiled up in Rio for the Summer Olympics, is back as a cross-country skier. And yes, he was shirtless and oiled up again!

Pita Taufatofua of Tonga, who became famous for going shirtless and oiled up in Rio for the Summer Olympics, is back as a cross-country skier. And yes, he was shirtless and oiled up again! play

Pita Taufatofua of Tonga, who became famous for going shirtless and oiled up in Rio for the Summer Olympics, is back as a cross-country skier. And yes, he was shirtless and oiled up again!

(Sean Haffey/Pool Photo via AP)


Typically, the host nation walks out last, but this year the South Korean and North Korean teams walked out together behind a flag with the unified Korea.

Typically, the host nation walks out last, but this year the South Korean and North Korean teams walked out together behind a flag with the unified Korea. play

Typically, the host nation walks out last, but this year the South Korean and North Korean teams walked out together behind a flag with the unified Korea.

(NBC Sports Live)


After the parade, the children were back and floating on a boat in the sea.

After the parade, the children were back and floating on a boat in the sea. play

After the parade, the children were back and floating on a boat in the sea.

(NBC Sports Live)


Unfortunately, NBC did not provide commentary for the live stream of the opening ceremony as they have done for past Olympics. As a result, the cultural explanations for much of the performance were lost on most Americans until the tape-delay broadcast.

Unfortunately, NBC did not provide commentary for the live stream of the opening ceremony as they have done for past Olympics. As a result, the cultural explanations for much of the performance were lost on most Americans until the tape-delay broadcast. play

Unfortunately, NBC did not provide commentary for the live stream of the opening ceremony as they have done for past Olympics. As a result, the cultural explanations for much of the performance were lost on most Americans until the tape-delay broadcast.

(NBC Sports Live)


But even without the cultural references, the ceremony was visually stunning.

But even without the cultural references, the ceremony was visually stunning. play

But even without the cultural references, the ceremony was visually stunning.

(NBC Sports Live)


The president of the Olympics organizing committee addressed the crowd. Unfortunately, no translation or summary was provided by NBC.

The president of the Olympics organizing committee addressed the crowd. Unfortunately, no translation or summary was provided by NBC. play

The president of the Olympics organizing committee addressed the crowd. Unfortunately, no translation or summary was provided by NBC.

(NBC Sports Live)


The president of the IOC, Thomas Bach, then spoke and appeared to take a shot at Russia by telling the athletes to "stay clean."

The president of the IOC, Thomas Bach, then spoke and appeared to take a shot at Russia by telling the athletes to "stay clean." play

The president of the IOC, Thomas Bach, then spoke and appeared to take a shot at Russia by telling the athletes to "stay clean."

(NBC Sports Live)


And the children are back and this time they have candles.

And the children are back and this time they have candles. play

And the children are back and this time they have candles.

(NBC Sports Live)


Musicians In-Kown Jeon, Eun-mi Lee, Hyun-woo Ha and Ji-yeong performed.

Musicians In-Kown Jeon, Eun-mi Lee, Hyun-woo Ha and Ji-yeong performed. play

Musicians In-Kown Jeon, Eun-mi Lee, Hyun-woo Ha and Ji-yeong performed.

(Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)


They sang a rendition of John Lennon's "Imagine."

They sang a rendition of John Lennon's "Imagine." play

They sang a rendition of John Lennon's "Imagine."

(NBC Sports Live)


The show then moved to the ski slopes with an awesome light display that included a floating silhouette of a snowboarder who followed the real snowboarders down the mountain.

The show then moved to the ski slopes with an awesome light display that included a floating silhouette of a snowboarder who followed the real snowboarders down the mountain. play

The show then moved to the ski slopes with an awesome light display that included a floating silhouette of a snowboarder who followed the real snowboarders down the mountain.

(NBC Sports Live)


Snowboarders then went down the mountain with flares.

Snowboarders then went down the mountain with flares. play

Snowboarders then went down the mountain with flares.

(Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony)


At the bottom, the snowboarders lit an Olympic rings in the snow.

At the bottom, the snowboarders lit an Olympic rings in the snow. play

At the bottom, the snowboarders lit an Olympic rings in the snow.

(Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony)


And a floating silhouette of a snowboarder morphed into floating Olympic rings

And a floating silhouette of a snowboarder morphed into floating Olympic rings play

And a floating silhouette of a snowboarder morphed into floating Olympic rings

(NBC Sports Live)


The Olympic torch was carried into and around the stadium by various Korean athletes.

The Olympic torch was carried into and around the stadium by various Korean athletes. play

The Olympic torch was carried into and around the stadium by various Korean athletes.

(Pool Photo via AP)


Including golfer Inbee Park (on the right).

Including golfer Inbee Park (on the right). play

Including golfer Inbee Park (on the right).

(Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony)


Figure skater and 2010 Olympic gold medalist Yuna Kim lit the Olympic cauldron.

Figure skater and 2010 Olympic gold medalist Yuna Kim lit the Olympic cauldron. play

Figure skater and 2010 Olympic gold medalist Yuna Kim lit the Olympic cauldron.

(NBC Sports Live)


It's official. The Games have begun!

It's official. The Games have begun! play

It's official. The Games have begun!

(Sean Haffey/Pool Photo via AP)


More fireworks.

More fireworks. play

More fireworks.

(Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony)


The kiddos are back and they're excited!

The kiddos are back and they're excited! play

The kiddos are back and they're excited!

(Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony)


They released a peace dove.

They released a peace dove. play

They released a peace dove.

(Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)


There was one final performance and there was fire.

There was one final performance and there was fire. play

There was one final performance and there was fire.

(Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters)


And sparks.

And sparks. play

And sparks.

(Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)


Let the games begin!

Let the games begin! play

Let the games begin!

(Sean Haffey/Pool Photo via AP)