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Olympic Cauldron at Opening Ceremony of Winter Olympics. Photo: Dean Mouhtaropoulos / Getty Images

Overnight, the Winter Olympic games kicked off in Pyeongchang, South Korea, with the traditional opening ceremony.

Here's what you missed. You can catch it again tonight at 5p ET:

Mike Pence and his wife watching the opening ceremonies. Photo: Matthias Hangst / Getty Images

U.S. vice president Mike Pence stands next to his wife, Karen Pence, at the opening ceremonies. They are seated in front of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's sister, Kim Yo Jong (behind Karen Pence.)

Pita Taufatofua during the Opening Ceremony. Photo: Jean Catuffe / Getty Images

The Tongan flag bearer, who quickly rose to fame during the 2016 Olympics, stole the show again. However this time, bearing freezing temperatures as he represented his country once more at the winter games.

North and South Korean teams enter Opening Ceremony. Photo: Quinn Rooney / Getty Images

In a rare show of unity, the North Korean and South Korean delegations marched under one flag, the Korean Unification Flag.

Dancers perform during the Opening Ceremony. Photo: Pool / Getty Images

Dancers took to the floor performing elaborate numbers and creating bright shapes and symbols that lit up the arena.

South Korean President Moon Jai-in waves. Photo: Harry How / Getty Images)

The president of South Korea, Moon Jai-in watched from above and stood next to the president of the International Olympic Committee as they greeted the crowd.

Performers at the Opening Ceremony. Photo: Ian MacNicol / Getty Images

Stunning choreography using fire, drums and lights wowed the crowd as they got their first taste of South Korean tradition.

Performers during the Opening Ceremony. Photo: Ryan Pierse / Getty Images

Performers and artwork danced across the floor throughout the ceremony highlighting South Korea's art, history and culture.

The USA delegation at the Opening Ceremony. Photo: Nils Petter Nilsson / Getty Images

The U.S. delegation cheered their way in to the stadium. Four-time olympian and champion luger, Erin Hamlin, led the team carrying the American flag.

Fireworks at the Opening Ceremony. Photo: Bruce Bennett / Getty Images

Fireworks surrounding the olympic stadium shot in to the sky marking the official start to the Winter Games.

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