Winter Paralympics kick off in Pyeongchang

Otis Hoffman
March 10, 2018

It was announced yesterday that the National Paralympic Committees (NPCs) North and South Korea will march separately at today's Opening Ceremony of the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Paralympic Games, where Bach will be among those in attendance.

"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".

Google's special animated design shows para-athletes racing downhill together. Among them, 78 gold medals will be offered in four snow sports - para alpine skiing, para snowboard, para biathlon and para cross-country skiing.

The Russian Paralympic Committee (RPC) said earlier that a delegation of Para athletes, personnel and officials from Russia to the 2018 Winter Paralympic Games would consist of 72 people.

Nine days of sports competition at Winter Paralympics are scheduled to begin tomorrow.

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In another development of the inter Korean diplomacy so prominently boosted by the Olympics last month, North Korea indeed will be participating at the Paralympics for the first time.

Alpine skier Laurie Stephens is the most decorated Paralympian on the team with six medals.

The South's Korean Paralympic Committee (KPC) said Thursday that the two sides made the decision after discussions.

Bach was given the Cheongryong Medal, South Korea's highest sporting honour, by President Moon Jae-in in a ceremony at the Blue House in Seoul.

"That was kind of amusing", Arendz said, noting they have known each other for years from other Paralympic Games.

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During the Olympics, the women's ice hockey team competed wearing the Korean Unification Flag on their chest, a scene that was largely seen as a breakthrough in a geopolitical standoff on the divided peninsula surrounding the North's nuclear programs. "I'll be trying my hardest to hold back the tears during the opening ceremony". The flame for the PyeongChang Paralympics was lit in five South Korean cities and counties - Jeju, Anyang, Nonsan, Gochang and Cheongdo.

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

The two-hour opening ceremony will be orchestrated by Lee Moon-tae, the president of the Korean Traditional Performing Arts Foundation who previously produced various entertainment programs at the Korean Broadcasting System, one of the largest broadcasters in the country.

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