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Skiers grab Canada's first gold, bronze medals at Pyeongchang Winter Paralympics

Skiers grab Canada's first gold, bronze medals at Pyeongchang Winter Paralympics

The Winter Paralympics were officially opened at a ceremony in Pyeongchang, South Korea on Friday.

Pyongyang is sending its first ever athletes, two cross-country skiers, to take part in a Winter Paralympics, the last stage of rapprochement with the South that began at last month's Winter Olympics.

This is the largest Winter Paralympics ever, with 567 athletes from 48 countries plus a team of neutral Paralympic athletes from Russian Federation. There are a record 80 gold medals up for grab, South Korean News Agency (Yonhap) reported.

Simon Patmore has become Australia's first Paralympic snowboard medalist, after claiming the country's first gold medal in 16 years.

Google is celebrating the commencement of the Winter Paralympics in PyeongChang city of South Korea with a special doodle. "Paralympic sport not only changes lives, but also changes the world", Parsons said.

Slovakia's Henrieta Farkasova won the first gold medal of the PyeongChang Winter Paralympics in the women's vision impaired downhill event.

Andrew Parsons, president of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), said that despite this latest hiccup, the countries have pushed diplomacy forward.

He told the Paralympians to keep fighting, play fair, have fun, and keep pushing their limits.

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Moon watched his country's delegation march separately from North Korea's following a dispute yesterday over the unification flag to be carried.

A Korean amputee performer beat a giant drum on a freezing, foggy Friday night to celebrate the opening of the largest Winter Paralympics in history.

"Since our first formal agreement signed in 2000, the Paralympic Games and the movement as a whole has grown beyond all recognition", he said.

USA snowboarder Brenna Huckaby, who has a prosthetic leg, was the first female para-athlete to model a swimsuit for the United States magazine Sports Illustrated.

But the disagreement is considered a minor sticking point after what has been a swift thaw between the neighbours, starting with North Korea's decision in January to participate in the Olympics.

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

Team Japan athletes wave miniature flags during the opening ceremony.


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