In frigid temperatures and under the watch of spectators around the world, the opening ceremony began at PyeongChang Olympic Stadium in the mountains of Pyeongchang County. From an applause-inducing drum performance to the highlyanticipated return of Tonga’s shirtless Pita Taufatofua, the Twittersphere was completely enraptured by South Korea’s Olympic opening.
“That was an awesome opening ceremony 🙌 #RISE #OpeningCeremony,” one person tweeted as the ceremony concluded.
Another Twitter user simply wrote: “This ceremony🔥🔥🔥🔥.”
The colorful, culture-filled ceremony featured a group of young kids who appeared to embark on a journey through South Korea’s rugged mountains with Pyeongchang’s official Olympic mascot, Soohorang, a white tiger. Soon, the children encountered several other creatures, and a group of drummers stunned the crowd as they played along with a group of surrounding performers.
Social media users seemed impressed by the intricate drone display that showed a skier transform the Olympic symbol.
Another tweeter shared footage of the moment on the popular app, writing, “OMG I CAN’T STOP REPEAT IT😍.”
There was no shortage of show-stopping moments at the event, and watchers everywhere flooded the internet with messages after athletes from North and South Korea appeared united at the event.
“I cried a little when South Korea and North Korea entered together as Korea,” read one tweet, “No I’m not normal but it was a powerful moment.”
North and South Korea marched under the same flag in the opener, the first time the two countries have done so at any Olympics in 12 years. They also fielded a joint women’s hockey team — a first for them at the Games.
Alongside a video of the teams, another social media user posted, “The most amazing moment of #winterolympics #PyeongChang2018 marching of athletes of South/North korea as unified #Korea ! Peace is happiness and war s Destruction !!!”
Twitter fingers went wild thanks to one fan-favorite: shirtless Tonga guy Pita Taufatofua.
“My guy from Tonga is back oiled up,” wrote one excited tweeter.
Pointing out Taufatofua’s barely-there duds, another Twitter user wrote, “Even athletes are wearing heavy jackets, the Tonga flagbearer still oiled up and shirtless… Props to him.”
The 2018 Winter Olympics began on Thursday and continue through Feb. 25.