Korean mixed doubles curling team of Jang Hye-ji (front) and Lee Ki-jeong practices at Gangneung Curling Centre in Gangneung, Gangwon province, on Feb. 7, 2018.(Photo: Yonhap News)

Seoul (VNA) - The 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics officially kicked off on February 8 with the competition of mixed doubles curling although the opening ceremony is still a day away, according to Yonhap news agency.

The round robin session in mixed doubles curling is the first official event of these Olympic Games. Eight nations, including host ​Republic of Korea, is in action at Gangneung Curling Centre in Gangneung, the host of all ice events located just east of PyeongChang.

Duo of Jang Hye-ji and Lee Ki-jeong from the RoK are set to have two matches on Feburary 8, one with Finland in the morning and the other with China in the evening.

In ski jumping, the qualification round for the men's individual normal hill event will start at 9:30 p.m. at Alpensia Ski Jumping Centre in PyeongChang.

Kim Hyun-ki and Choi Seo-u will represent the RoK. They'll be making their sixth Winter Olympics appearance, tied for most among athletes of the RoK.

The top 50 will reach the first round scheduled for February 10.- VNA