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

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

In a spectacle that featured a rhythmic drum dance, projections of fish and animals coming to life and a boat symbolically powered by the equipment used in Paralympic games, a record 567 athletes paraded into the Pyeongchang Olympic Stadium to officially commence the 10-day festival that runs through March 18.

The rapid inter-Korean thaw has eased tensions that soared a year ago when Pyongyang tested missiles that could reach the United States mainland and detonated what it said was an H-bomb. The disagreement comes over the exclusion of South Korean-controlled and Japanese-contested disputed islands, known as Dokdo in Korean and Takeshima in Japanese.

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

Google is celebrating the commencement of the Winter Paralympics in PyeongChang city of South Korea with a special doodle.

While the North and South Korean athletes stole the scene at the Olympics' opening ceremony when they marched together under a unified flag, the same did not happen at the Paralympics.

According to the Google Doodle blog, there are more women competing in this year's Paralympic games than any previous games: "Over 670 athletes, including more female athletes than ever before, have the chance to show their skills after years of hard work and training".

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Some of the adapted sports have become hits with spectators, such as fast and furious para ice hockey where competitors slide around on double-bladed sledges.

Para athletes from Russian Federation are participating in the 2018 Paralympics in the neutral status, or the Neutral Paralympic Athletes (NPA). Cnossen is a former Navy Seal who lost both legs in an explosion in Afghanistan.

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

The first events begin on Saturday, with athletes competing in downhill skiing and biathlon.

South Korea is hosting the Games for the first time.

Kim Jong Hyon carries the flag of North Korea as he leads his teammates into the opening ceremony.

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