Paralympics start in PyeongChang

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Winter Paralympics in Pyeongchang officially begin with colourful opening ceremony

World opened its eyes to a vibrant Google Doodle on March 9 that of a squad of athletes competing in the six qualifying sports, ushering us to the opening of 2018 Winter Paralympics, held at PyeongChang, South Korea.

Para athlete from Russia Yekaterina Rumyantseva won gold on Saturday in women's 6 km biathlon standing at the 2018 Winter Paralympic Games in South Korea's PyeongChang.

It was Farkasova's sixth Paralympic gold, and she hailed her victory as "great, amazing".

"From tomorrow, Paralympic athletes will turn their dreams into reality".

Slovakia's Henrieta Farkasova won the first gold medal of the Pyeongchang Winter Paralympics Saturday in women's vision impaired downhill skiing, while the United States of America got off to good start with victories in the biathlon.

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

IPC President Andrew Parsons was speaking at a press conference held today
IPC President Andrew Parsons was speaking at a press conference held today

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

Broadcasts, which run today through March 18, will be available daily on CBC and Radio-Canada with live streams hosted on the CBC Sports app. Three countries, including North Korea, Georgia and Tajikistan are making their debut this time.

Paralympians are an eclectic bunch, ranging from a 61-year-old Japanese ice hockey goaltender to a Mexican who found unlikely success as a mono-skier. However, unlike at the Olympics, North and South Korea will not march together at the opening ceremony.

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. Champions in eight of the last nine major global tournaments it has played in, Team USA is competing in Group B alongside the Czech Republic, Japan and host South Korea.

Parsons said International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach will be in attendance at Friday's opening ceremony.

It is quite a turnaround from a year ago, when Pyongyang tested missiles that could reach the USA mainland and detonated what it said was an H-bomb, sparking fury from Trump who threatened to "completely destroy" the North.

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