Ottawa, Ontario - February 9, 2018

The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today issued the following statement on the opening of the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea:

“Today, at the PyeongChang Olympic Stadium in South Korea, the world will unite to officially open the 2018 Olympic Winter Games. The spirit of the Olympic Games has connected the world for over a century, creating moments of awe and milestones we cannot forget.

“Our Olympians represent the best of Canada. Through hard work, sacrifice, and dedication to their dreams, they show us what it means to push yourself and give your all. They set the bar higher, and inspire us, especially our young people.

“When Team Canada marches into the Pyeongchang Olympic Stadium, young Canadians can look at our team and see themselves. Our Olympians hail from across the country and from all kinds of different backgrounds. Together, they represent the diversity that Canada so proudly stands for, and remind us all that no matter where we are from, we can succeed with drive and discipline.

“On behalf of all Canadians, I wish our athletes the best of luck. We will all be cheering for you, and know you will make us proud!”