Para athlete from Russia Rumyantseva wins gold in biathlon at 2018 Paralympics

International Olympic Committee head Thomas Bach has received a state medal from South Korean President Moon Jae-in for his contribution to the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games

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.

"A small step to peace that started out a joint inter-Korean women's ice hockey team has been growing rapidly like a snowball", South Korean President Moon Jae-in said, according to USA Today.

The Paralympic Games 2018 will be held until March 18.

The competitions for athletes with disabilities became more popular following World War II, offering veterans who had been injured during wartime a chance to compete.

The ceremony itself, which took place after the parade, consisted of traditional Korean dance, combined with modern music and light shows.

Andrew Parsons, president of the IPC, said in a statement that North Korea's presence was a pivotal moment for the Paralympic movement and that he hoped that "the focus can now be on the performances of Para athletes on the field of play, not the politics off it".

The South Korean flag is carried into the stadium.

Thomas Bach has also been awarded an honorary citizenship by Seoul City
Thomas Bach has also been awarded an honorary citizenship by Seoul City

"Your extraordinary stories are what dreams are made of and will be told for years to come". They will compete as individuals because Russian Federation is banned from the Games, due to a doping scandal.

In what was his Paralympic debut, Patmore ran 22.36, a time which put him just over three-tenths of a second behind the gold medallist, Brazilian Yohansson Nascimento.

21-year-old alpine skier Momoka Muraoka led the Japanese delegation at the opening ceremony.

The Paralympic cauldron is lit after the flame arrives in Gangneung, South Korea, on Thursday. Cnossen is a former Navy Seal who lost both legs in an explosion in Afghanistan.

Unlike the Olympics opening ceremony, North and South Korea's athletes did not march together after failing to agree on which version of the unified flag to use.

It is quite a turnaround from previous year, when Pyongyang tested missiles that could reach the United States 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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