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- The Winter Olympics officially began on Friday with the opening ceremony at Pyeongchang Olympic Stadium.
- After the parade of nations, IOC president Thomas Bach gave a speech that took a clear shot at Russia, saying athletes must "respect the rules and stay clean."
- Russia is not being formally recognized at these Olympics due to sanctions against the country for widespread doping among athletes.
The 2018 Winter Olympics officially kicked off on Friday with opening ceremony at Pyeongchang Olympic Stadium.
After the parade of nations, all of the athletes settled into their seats and were welcomed with a speech from International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach. The speech was inviting for the most part, encouraging athletes to enjoy the games and speaking to how the North and South Korean delegations walking out together sent "a powerful message of peace to the world."
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