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Korea in focus as biggest Paralympics 2018 opens

13 March 2018

He finished third among 27 competitors, winning the country's first medal at the PyeongChang games and the third medal at the winter Paralympics.

Despite the historic announcement Thursday that President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un plan to meet and discuss nuclear weapons, not everything is always rosy in North Korea's new détente with the outside world.

There were also light shows, as well as traditional South Korean performances and modern dance.

Ukrainian biathlete was first in men's 7.5 km for visually impaired athletes, Ukrinform reports.

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Sin Eui Hyun carried the flag of South Korea as he led his country's contingent into the opening ceremony.

About 30 Russian disabled athletes will compete under the NPA banner after the IPC continued its hard-line on the tainted Russian Paralympic Committee in the wake of the fall-out from Russia's state-orchestrated drug regime in Sochi four years ago.

North Korea asked that the Dokdo Islands, which Japan now claims and calls Takeshima, be included on the flag, according to BBC.

The first USA gold of these Paralympics was the first US gold in the biathlon, with Kendall Gretsch winning the women's 6km sitting biathlon, with teammate Oksana Masters capturing the bronze.

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The Athletes are racing to capture a spot on the podium in six qualifying sports- alpine skiing, biathlon, cross-country skiing, para ice hockey, snowboarding and wheelchair curling.

American Daniel Cnossen, a former US Navy Seal, took gold in the men's sit ski. The first event was held in Sweden.

South Korea is hosting the Games for the first time.

Snowboarder Mike Schultz, who has designed adaptive sports prosthetics that some of his teammates will be wearing in competition, has been named the US flag bearer for the opening ceremony of the Pyeongchang Paralympics.

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The Opening Ceremony begun with an artistic segment entitled Let's Move, which saw Myeongjin Shin, an amputee performer with a prosthetic arm and legs, beat on a giant drum. In a way, it also celebrates the courage and conviction of the differently-abled athletes to keep their flame of athletics going on.

Korea in focus as biggest Paralympics 2018 opens