Wells Kiwi flag bearer at Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony

February 11, 2018

New Zealand Freestyle Beau-James Wells was the flag bearer for New Zealand at the Winter Olympians was opened in Pyeongchang city.

The opening ceremony was punctuated with colour, culture and the freezing cold.

Wearing flagbearer’s traditional cloak Te Mahutonga, Wells led a 32-strong Kiwi contingent of athletes and officials.

New Zealand was the seventh country to march, following the order of the Korean alphabet.

As the ceremony started, the lights dimmed and the crowd cheered as fireworks exploded above the stadium.

The ceremony’s programme followed the journey of five children as they travel through time from the past to the future and “discover peace envisioned by Koreans”.

Tongan cross-country skier Pita Taufatofua, who’s flag-carrying shirtless appearance at the Rio 2016 opening ceremony made worldwide headlines, again shocked and delighted by bearing his oiled torso in freezing temperatures.

He wore a manafau, a traditional dance skirt, and jandals.

North and South Korean teams marched together, waving and smiling behind flagbearers, women’s ice hockey player Hwang Chung Gum from the North and South Korean bobsledder Won Jun Yong, who both carried the unification flag.

It is the fourth time the two Koreas have marched together at an Olympic opening ceremony, following Sydney 2000, Athens 2004 and Turin 2006.

Russian athletes meanwhile marched into the stadium behind the Olympic flag as independent Olympic Athletes from Russia, following their country’s ban over doping.

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