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Here's what the 'tree trunk' texture PyeongChang 2018 Olympic medals look like

Vice President Mike Pence and second lady Karen Pence will lead a presidential delegation to next month's Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, the White House confirmed Wednesday.

Official confirmation from the International Olympic Committee is yet to be received. The 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics averaged 21.4 million prime-time viewers, down 12% from the 2010 Vancouver Games.

Taeyang is one of several Korean singers to be featured as an honorary ambassador for Pyeongchang 2018, along with opera singer Jo Sumi, Insooni, Jinusean's Sean, Girl's Day, AOA, and CNBlue's Jung Yonghwa.

Of the six funded Olympic sports, three were challenged with delivering medals: curling (one to two), ski and snowboard (two to three) and short-track speed skating (one to two). According to Variety, NBC has partnered with Intel to set up multiple camera pods to create interactive 360-degree VR environments.

The Olympic gear will be available for purchase next week on Nike's website.

"The Olympics have always been an opportunity to showcase emerging media technology", said Gary Zenkel, president, NBC Olympics in a statement.

The two Koreas held their first high-level talks in two years on Tuesday, and the North agreed to send a delegation of athletes, cheerleaders, an art troupe and taekwondo demonstration teams, along with high-ranking officials, to the February 9-25 PyeongChang Olympics in the South.

The content will be available to pay-TV customers who authenticate through the NBC Sports VR app.

NBC Olympics will also provide content prior to the start of the Games, with behind-the-scenes content captured with Intel True VR technology.

VR streaming in sports isn't a novel idea, but this would be the first time for the Olympics to be streamed in VR to nearly all VR headsets.

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