2018 Winter Olympics Opening Ceremonies: Date, Schedule, How to Watch Online and More
By Alex Ungerman
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Time to check out the best and brightest in cold weather sports.
With Super Bowl LII behind us, its time to turn our attention to the PyeongChang 2018Winter Olympic Games, which run from Feb. 7 - 25 on NBC. And to kick off the global event, you can't miss the always elaborate and fantastical opening ceremony. From the torch lighting to the message of international unity, the ceremony sets the stage for the next few weeks of competition, athleticism and of course, the pursuit of those highly coveted Olympic Gold medals.
Here's everything you need to know about the festivities.
When does it start?: The opening ceremony takes place live on Friday, Feb. 9, 2018 in Pyeongchang, South Korea, at the bright and early time of 6 a.m. PT. For non-early birds, the ceremony will be rebroadcast at 8-11 p.m. ET on NBC.
How to watch on TV: NBC, who is broadcasting the Games, will be airing the ceremony, both live and the rebroadcast in the evening.
How to watch online: You can livestream the ceremony or watch on demand from NBCOlympics.com.
Who is hosting?: Katie Couric is back to co-host the Opening Ceremony for the fourth time, joined by first-time co-host Matt Tirico.
"It’s beyond exciting to welcome Katie back to our Olympic booth. Katie has extensive Olympic experience, having anchored the Today show at six previous Games, and hosted the Opening Ceremony in Sydney, Salt Lake City, and Athens,” NBC Olympic programming CEO Jim Bell said in a statement. “With Mike and Katie, viewers will have two pros, and two terrific storytellers leading the way."
Who is representing Team USA: A trio of gold medalists -- alpine skier Lindsey Vonn, snowboarder Shaun White and skier Mikaela Shiffrin will be joined by snowboarder Chloe Kim -- who was too young to compete in the 2014 Sochi Games, but has won multiple gold medals in the Winter X Games -- to represent the flag during the opening ceremony.