With overnight temperatures in PyeongChang now up to -5 degrees celcius from around -17, the New Zealand Team is looking forward to taking part in the outdoor ceremony that kicks off at 2000h (PyeongChang time, 0000h NZ time) this evening.
“We’ve got a full contingent of New Zealanders marching,” confirmed Chef de Mission Pete Wardell who said the marching quota of 27 set by the IOC had been filled by Kiwi team members.
“The weather is forecast to be comparatively mild with temperatures between -5 and -2 degrees celcius, although a wind chill factor is expected. We do have some athletes who will stay back at the village as they compete early in the games programme, but generally our team members are really excited to take part.”
While conditions are not so harsh, the team will nonetheless be dressed for warmth.
Above: New Zealand team flagbearer Beau James Wells
In traditional black, the team will wear a classically styled woollen overcoat specifically requested for the Opening Ceremony by the athletes themselves.
“We consulted with the athletes on the uniform and have worked with clothing partner PEAK to ensure we delivered on their vision.
“Their team pounamu pendants are from Ngai Tahu and the silver fern emblazoned on their black uniform will represent their pride in New Zealand,” said Wardell.
“Snow boots, puffer jackets, warm underlayers and hats and scarves will ensure they stay warm during the ceremony and we have plenty of heated vests for those who wish to wear one.”
The New Zealand Team is marching into the Olympic Stadium seventh of the 91 nations here in PyeongChang, ordered according to the Korean alphabet. New Zealand comes after Norway and the Netherlands.PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games