Red, white, and blue never looked so good. The Opening Ceremony for the 2018 Winter Olympics is just around the corner — and it’s sure to be a spectacle. Nearly 3,000 athletes from over 90 countries have traveled to South Korea to compete in the international event, and organizers are pulling out all the stops. So, what time does the opening ceremony start?
The ceremony will kick off in Pyeongchang on Friday, Feb. 9 at 6 a.m. EST, meaning you’ll have to wake up really early if you want to watch the show live. However, NBC will be airing a broadcast of the ceremony at 8 p.m. EST that night on the network. If you don’t have cable, you can always watch it live online here or through your Apple TV, Roku, or Amazon Fire apps. So, no excuses.
And you’re not going to want to miss this. While we don’t know who will be carrying the flag for Team USA — we’re keeping our fingers crossed for Erin Jackson or Gus Kenworthy — we do know who is expected to perform. K-Pop will be taking over the celebration, with Ha Hyun Woo, lead singer of the South Korean band Guckkasten, and Ahn Ji-young, of pop duo Bolbbalgan4, singing, according to the newspaper Korea Joongang Daily. It is also rumored another Korean diva, Insooni, will perform the winter games’ official song, “Let Everyone Shine,” and that the national anthem will be sung by Hyolyn.
Figure skaters Mariah Bell and Adam Rippon.
However, viewers can also expect some controversy, as Vice President Mike Pence is representing America at the Olympics and figure skater Adam Rippon has spoken out against the politician ahead of the ceremony. “Honestly, to be frank, if we somehow ran into each other, I would march right up to him and introduce myself to him and be like, ‘I’m the gay athlete that your press secretary sent a message about.’ And I would just introduce myself because I’m not invisible,” he told Life & Style exclusively. “I think it does nobody any favors if I just run away. I would say everything that I’ve said to his face. I mean, I need to tell him about himself.”
Controversy aside, it will be great to see the world coming together for a good cause. But don’t forget to catch up on our Olympics fun facts so you don’t look like a complete rookie at your viewing party!