The competition at the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics gets underway on Thursday with events in alpine skiing, biathlon, luge, curling and ski jumping, ahead of the official opening of the Winter Games on Friday night.

The Pyeongchang Games mark the first Winter Olympics in Asia since the 1998 Nagano Games and the second time South Korea has hosted the Olympics. It staged the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is scheduled to attend the opening ceremony along with a host of other foreign dignitaries including United States Vice President Mike Pence.