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Paralympics start in PyeongChang

Pyeongchang GETTYPyeongchang prepares for the Winter Paralympics
Noah Ferguson | 13 March, 2018, 16:32

In a spectacle that featured a rhythmic drum dance, projections of fish and animals coming to life and a boat symbolically powered by the equipment used in Paralympic games, a record 567 athletes paraded into the Pyeongchang Olympic Stadium to officially commence the 10-day festival that runs through March 18.

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

But they entered the stadium separately for the Paralympics after failing to agree on which version of the united flag to use.

In the stands of the Alpensia Biathlon Centre, spectators watching the North's first Winter Paralympians welcomed their presence as a sign of improving ties, and said they hoped the rapprochement would last.

The ceremony culminated in the Paralympic flame being brought into the stadium, and a "moon-shaped", white cauldron being lit.

This is the largest Winter Paralympics ever, with 567 athletes from 48 countries plus a team of neutral Paralympic athletes from Russian Federation.

Six years after winning silver at the London Paralympics, as a 200m sprinter, Patmore claimed gold in the men's snowboard cross, defeating Italian Manuel Pozzerle in the final.

The first official Paralympic Games took place in 1960, in Rome, Italy, with 400 athletes representing 23 different countries.

Andrew Kurka competes in the men's slalom sitting LW12-1 at the Winter Games New Zealand on August 24, 2015 in Queenstown, New Zealand. He got into sports by playing wheelchair basketball in 2009 and also played para ice hockey in the past.

American Daniel Cnossen, a former US Navy Seal, took gold in the men's sit ski. The Neutral Paralympic Athlete delegation is also participating.

The 18-year-old from Vancouver captured bronze on Saturday in the women's standing downhill event with a time of one minute 34.60 seconds at the Jeongseon Alpine Centre, behind victor Marie Bochet of France (1:30.30) and runner-up Andrea Rothfuss of Germany (1:32.53).

The International Paralympic Committee announced that the neighboring nations would have their own entourages on Thursday - just a day before the opening ceremony.

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