Published: Tue, March 13, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Winter Paralympics kick off in Pyeongchang

Winter Paralympics kick off in Pyeongchang

A general view of the opening ceremony of the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Paralympic Games at the Pyeongchang Stadium, South Korea, March 9, 2018.

Snowboarder Mike Schultz, who has designed adaptive sports prosthetics that some of his teammates will be wearing in competition, has been named the US flag bearer for the opening ceremony of the Pyeongchang Paralympics.

North Korea's first Winter Paralympians did not appear alongside South Korea's team, as happened at the Winter Olympics opening ceremony, after a row over the blue-and-white Korean unification flag. There are a record 80 gold medals up for grab, South Korean News Agency (Yonhap) reported.

There was no notable crowd reaction for the North Korean party of 18 representatives, including its two athletes, with the loudest moment reserved for South Korean athletes, who entered the arena to complete the parade.

These Winter Games mark his fifth time competing for Canada.

The opening ceremony featured light shows, fireworks as well as traditional South Korean performances and modern dance.

"Your extraordinary stories are what dreams are made of and will be told for years to come".

Among the participants of the Games, 30 Paralympic athletes of Ukraine. They will compete as individuals because Russian Federation is banned from the Games, due to a doping scandal. He got into sports by playing wheelchair basketball in 2009 and also played para ice hockey in the past.

Meanwhile, North and South Korea's decision not to march together at Friday night's opening ceremony will have no bearing on efforts to support North Korean athletes, the International Olympic Committee has said.

21-year-old alpine skier Momoka Muraoka led the Japanese delegation at the opening ceremony.

American Daniel Cnossen, a former US Navy Seal, took gold in the men's sit ski.

It was the latest stage of a detente on the Korean peninsula that began at last month's Winter Olympics, and culminated with this week's announcement that US President Donald Trump had agreed to meet the North's leader Kim Jong Un.

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