Much was made of the fact that amid all the fireworks - real and symbolic - the host South Korean athletes marched together behind a unified, neutral flag with athletes from their long-time nemesis, missile-testing North Korea.
After months of silence on whether it would even take part in the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in the South, which had their opening ceremony yesterday, nuclear-armed North Korea has gone on a charm offensive, dispatching athletes, performers and Kim's sister plus other diplomatic delegates to the South.
North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un has invited South Korea's President Moon Jae-in to Pyongyang.
The nearly 150 athletes from both countries, 22 of them from North Korea, went around the stadium behind a unifying flag with the map of the peninsula in blue on a white background.
North Korea has been accused of involvement in a number of cyber incidents, including WannaCry - although it has slammed that accusation as "absurd".
Moon and Kim met at Chong Wa Dae for discussions Saturday, and in another historic moment, Kim became the first member of the Kim family to sign the Blue House guestbook.
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"A strike also would not stem the threat of proliferation but rather exacerbate it, turning what might be a North Korean moneymaking endeavour into a vengeful effort meant to equip other bad actors against us".
Still, the Koreans were playing the world's sixth-ranked team. The squad is the centrepiece of the South Korean president Moon Jae-in's push to brand the games as the "peace Olympics" and his goal of increasing exchanges between the two neighbours - technically still in conflict since the end of the 1950-53 Korean war.
Choi Bok-mu, a fitness club manager at the Olympics athletes village in Gangneung, said he had not experienced any problems communicating with North Korean athletes, despite them speaking in a markedly different accent.
The combined team must field at least three North Korean players each game out of a total of 22, according to an agreement with the International Olympic Committee. They may also see a performance by a visiting North Korean art troupe in Seoul on Sunday before flying back to Pyongyang.
"We have to put this in context in the spirit of the Olympics and why we're here".
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On Friday night, the North and South Koreans walked together in Pyeongchang Olympic Stadium. Also on the squad is goalkeeper Genny Kim Knowles - a 17-year-old who is a native of Vancouver but who plays hockey for her high school in Lawrenceville, N.J.
His hand-written invitation came as the USA warned the South not to be seduced by Pyongyang's Olympic charm offensive.
Almost 34,000 United States forces perished by the time fighting ended in July, 1953. Two years later, he was assigned as a petty officer to a ship that patrolled the North Korean coast, he said.
However, the result mattered less than the political symbolism as around 200 of North Korea's famed "army of beauties" charmed a crowd of 3,600 besotted locals with nostalgic oldies - and even broke out a Mexican wave.
Hamlin's fellow luger Summer Britcher defended her team mate's right to carry the flag and said Davis's reaction was "unnecessary". It figured to be because no matter which side of the border they were representing, Korean hockey players simply aren't ready to compete on such a big world stage.
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