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South Korea has also taken several steps to stabilise relations with its northern neighbour during the Olympics, for example by having North and South Korean athletes competing together. The two Koreas glad-handed and edged closer as the world watched. She also delivered a letter inviting Moon to a summit with her brother in Pyongyang, and asked him to play a "leading role" in reuniting the two Koreas after nearly seven decades.

After poor weather on Saturday canceled the qualification heats in the women's snowboard slopestyle, every competitor moved on to the final.

The troupe, cheered by dozens of fans as their bus pulled up under tight security before the game, have been dispatched south as part of a North Korean charm offensive after months of fiery rhetoric threatening nuclear war and provocative missile tests. The riverside facility is named after late U.S. Army commander Walton Walker, who's considered a war hero in the South for his battles against the North during the Korean War.

"Due to impromptu logistical changes it (drone deployment) did not proceed", an IOC spokesperson said.

Figure skating drove linear viewership of the Winter Olympics coverage that aired Saturday in primetime on NBC.

It seems likely that those twin possibilities - the political opportunity of a lifetime coupled with intense distrust of North Korean intentions - played in Moon's mind when he raised a toast at a lunch Saturday with Kim Yo Jong. The North Korean delegation also included the country's 90-year-old head of state, Kim Yong Nam.

Of more concern for the sparse crowds at the outdoor events will be the biting cold, which has already made Pyeongchang one of the chilliest Olympics on record - and which is set to dramatically worsen.

"Of course, no evidence will be presented to the world".

Prior to the beginning of opening ceremony festivities, the Pyeongchang 2018 official Olympics web presence stopped functioning, and users could not access pages or print event tickets. But one might be forgiven for concluding that given how the North Koreans stole the opening show with a deft hand clad in an unexpectedly velvet glove.

A production source told The Sun: "A lot of the staff haven't had to work in such harsh conditions before". Perhaps the best comparison is to the man who Moon has called his "destiny", and whose North Korean policy Moon is forever linked to: The late liberal president, Roh Moo-hyun.

However, South Korea's main opposition party warned that any talks between the two Koreas where the scrapping of North Korea's nuclear programme was not a precondition would only "benefit the enemy".

Moon has benefited from the rock star-like reception that Kim Jong Un's sister, Kim Yo Jong, has received here. And I'm hoping that she's going to do some spectacular things up there. But the nerve-wracking discussion about giving Kim a "bloody nose" makes Washington's task even more difficult. For example, the 2012 London Olympics were hit by Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks from both alleged nation state hackers and hacktivists.

"Yeah, I didn't hear any of it", she said, laughing.

Tim Dahlberg is a national sports columnist for The Associated Press.