Largest Winter Paralympics to kick off in PyeongChang Friday

10 March, 2018, 01:31 | Author: Shannon Newton
  • North Korean Paralympics Athletes Arrive in South Korea

The Winter Paralympics began amid a dazzling spectrum of color and music at Friday's opening ceremony as Pyeongchang welcomed its second global sporting extravaganza of 2018.

"There is still room for growth as nineteen Asian nations competed at the Winter Olympic Games but with the next edition taking place in Beijing, we hope that many more Asian para-athletes will be inspired to take up the exciting and challenging winter sports".

Arendz won a silver and a bronze at the 2014 Games in Sochi, Russia, and earned five medals at 2017 Para-Nordic World Championships.

A record 567 athletes from 48 countries, plus the Neutral Paralympic Athlete delegation, will compete at the Games.

The Opening Ceremony starts at 11am United Kingdom time on Friday, coverage begins on Channel 4 at 10.55am.

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After cultural and dance performances and a parade by the athletes, Moon officially opened the biggest Paralympics in history. Those are para-alpine skiing, para-biathlon, para-cross-country skiing, para-ice hockey, para-snowboarding and wheelchair curling.

The doodle featured the six winter sports of the Paralympic Games. "Medals at Winter Games are harder to win as there has been a tendency at the Paralympics to reduce the number of individual events, compressing them into groups", said Łukasz Szeliga, president of the Polish Paralympic Committee.

Parsons has defended the decision to allow Russians to take part-they were banned entirely at the Rio 2016 Paralympics-insisting those competing are "as clean as any others" at the Games.

It is the latest sign of an intense rapprochement between the North and South that began at the Winter Olympics in February.

Mike Schultz, who wrapped up season titles last month in snowboard cross and banked slalom, is the US flag bearer for the opening ceremony. Ultimately, the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) decided that it did not want any further debate on the matter and suggested the two Koreas march separately at the Opening Ceremony.

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Instead, they'll be walking in as Team NPA - Neutral Paralympic Athletes.

"We've seen a shift occur over the previous two Olympic Games and the last World Cup".

The torchbearers included Lee Yong-ro, the first disabled South Korean to become a sports professor; Kim Yu-na, the former Olympic figure skating champion; and Yun Sung-bin, who won the gold medal in men's skeleton at the PyeongChang Olympics.

Sin Eui-hyun carries the flag of South Korea as he leads his teammates into the opening ceremony of the 2018 Winter Paralympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, March 9, 2018.

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