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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

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  1. 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
  2. Watch: The Olympic Torch is lit at Winter Olympics 2018

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    Video caption: The Olympic Torch is lit at Winter Olympics 2018
  3. 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
  4. 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.

  5. 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
  6. 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.

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  7. Get Involved

    #bbcolympics

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

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

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    Video caption: Musicians perform a unique version of John Lennon's 'Imagine' at opening ceremony
  9. 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.

  10. Lighting the flame

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    Video caption: 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.

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  11. Post update

    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.

  12. '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
  13. Post update

    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
  14. '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.

  15. Post update

    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.

  16. Post update

    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.

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  17. 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
  18. 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.

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  19. '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.