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The 1994 Games in Lillehammer, where temperatures plunged to -2.7C (27F), holds the record, but the mercury is not expected to creep above zero during the first few days of competition in South Korea.

Most of all, Kim Yo Jong was an enigma. It's not a huge sport out there, they're just happy to be part of the team.

South Korea asked the United Nations on Wednesday for an exemption to allow a UN-sanctioned North Korean official, Choe Hwi, to attend the opening ceremony with Kim Yo Jong.

It is Abe's first visit to South Korea since November 2015 and the first since Moon took office in May 2017. "Am I insane for wanting to travel to this?'" she said. I wonder if she's married.

"I was anxious there might be some problem", she said.

South Korea's figure skating queen Kim Yuna said Saturday that the experience of lighting the Pyeongchang Olympic cauldron was "emotional" and admitted she had been scared of dropping the torch.

On another bone-chilling evening in Gangneung, a city on the east coast of South Korea, a unified Korean ice hockey team made its Olympic debut and in comprehensive defeat sent a message to the world that winning is not always the be all and end all.

He said the secretary-general was also in "the same general area" as a number of other officials from Pyongyang including North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's younger sister, Kim Yo Jong, "but they were never in any personal contact with each other".

A giant dove of peace lit up the night sky, famous South Korean singers sang John Lennon's "Imagine" and, most significantly of all, athletes from North and South Korea walked in unison for the first time in 11 years.

We don't even know Kim Yo Jong's age.

South Korea says the artists will return to the North on Tuesday by a land route.

The North Koreans went through a busy schedule in South Korea as the world watched their every move. Yet the leaders are so foreign. Television cameras broadcast footage of the runway, waiting for her to arrive.

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The two Koreas have a rocky and sometimes violent history at the Blue House.

American skaters Lana Gehring and Maame Biney enjoyed the presence of the North Korean supporters.

But a spokesman for the South's presidential Blue House said he arrived late, "exchanged greetings with those seated at the head table, and left without sitting down". No detail was too trivial to be noticed, commented on.

"She is more powerful than all others besides her brother", Lee said. She sat so upright - maybe she'd been a dancer like her mother - and was so well-mannered.

The athletes elicited a standing ovation by most leaders in the VIP box, including Moon and Kim's sister.

Somehow, Kim managed to pass the whole visit without uttering a word in public.

Moon hosted a reception in at a hotel in Yongpyeong, just east of Pyeongchang. "I thought things would be unusual and very different, but I found a lot of things being similar", Kim said while proposing a toast at Sunday's dinner, according to Moon's office.

Kim Yo Jong shook hands with Moon at the beginning of the ceremony. There was dried persimmon and walnut cake for dessert.

The only people in the VIP box who didn't stand during the Korean team's entrance were Mike Pence, the USA vice president, and Fred Warmbier, father of Otto Warmbier, the American student who died shortly after being released from North Korean custody, The Washington Post's Anna Fifield reported.

His worries were well founded. "Hockey really does bring people together". "I was surprised because she looked different from the image I had about North Koreans". She is the sister of USA national hockey player Hannah Brandt.

But during her stay, Kim Yo Jong will have ample opportunity to play up the feel-good side of her country's participation in the games. "She is acting as a goodwill ambassador for a country that has earned no goodwill".

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