Korea in focus as biggest Paralympics 2018 opens

PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games

PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games

The Paralympics in South Korea opened Friday with a glittering ceremony that mixed spectacular light shows and fireworks with traditional Korean performances and modern pop music.

Patmore becomes Australia's first Winter Paralympic gold medallist since Michael Milton won four and fellow alpine skier Bart Bunting and his sighted guide Nathan Chivers claimed two medals at Salt Lake City in 2002.

The closing ceremony of the Paralympics will be held March 18.

Fifty-five athletes are competing on Team Canada during the games, which kicked off Friday in Pyeongchang. There are a record 80 gold medals up for grab, South Korean News Agency (Yonhap) reported.

South Korean diplomats visited North Korea earlier in the week, before heading to Washington D.C.to debrief the White House.

Just like February's Olympic Games, the cold weather has been a nagging problem for the Paralympics, and it has already caused cancellations of official training session.

International Paralympic Committee president Andrew Parsons impressed by starting his speech in Korean, adding: "Paralympic sport not only changes lives but changes the world".

"Since our first formal agreement signed in 2000, the Paralympic Games and the movement as a whole has grown beyond all recognition", he said. It was there that Trump accepted an invitation to meet Kim passed along by the South Koreans.

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Among them are 30 neutral competitors from Russian Federation, which remains suspended by the IPC over a mass doping scandal.

Among the participants of the Games, 30 Paralympic athletes of Ukraine. He got into sports by playing wheelchair basketball in 2009 and also played para ice hockey in the past.

Japan complained and South Korea agreed to take the islands off the flag, while North Korea insisted that the islands stay on, according to Reuters.

As well as North Korea, Georgia and Tajikistan are taking part for the first time in the nine-day Games.

"We were still negotiating right up until the very last moment".

American snowboarder Brenna Huckaby, who lost her right leg below the knee, made headlines when she featured in Sports Illustrated's swimsuit issue.

Both teams appeared separately under their own countries' flags at the parade during the opening ceremony.

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