Pyeongchang Winter Paralympics open as biggest in history

Pyeongchang Winter Paralympics open as biggest in history

This is Lukyanenko's sixth Paralympic Games and his fifth gold medal.

Seo Soonseok and Kim EunJung of South Korea took the flame during the opening ceremony for the Paralympic Winter Games in the Pyeongchang Olympic Stadium in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Broadcasts of the Games, which run March 9 to 18, will be available daily on CBC and Radio-Canada with live streams hosted on the CBC Sports app, as well as CBC.ca/sports/paralympics and Radio-Canada.ca/Jeuxparalympiques.

South Korea is hosting the Games for the first time.

North Korea asked that the Dokdo Islands, which Japan now claims and calls Takeshima, be included on the flag, according to BBC. It was followed by the playing of the South Korean national anthem and hoisting of the country's flag before the traditional Parade of Nations was held.

In an opening address, International Paralympic Committee (IPC) president Andrew Parsons urged the Paralympians to "keep fighting, play fair, have fun and keep pushing your limits".


In addition to the 48 nations, athletes from Russian Federation will also take part under the banner of "neutral Paralympic athletes" after their country failed to satisfy the International Paralympic Committee over doping concerns.

TWO North Korean rookie skiers finished last as they made their country's Winter Paralympics debut in the South today, but a flag-waving crowd cheered enthusiastically at the latest sign of an Olympics-fuelled rapprochement.

Pyongyang sent 22 athletes to the Olympics, and teams from the North and South marched together under a unified flag at the opening ceremony.

Paralympians are an eclectic bunch, ranging from a 61-year-old Japanese ice hockey goaltender to a Mexican who found unlikely success as a mono-skier. Cnossen is a former Navy Seal who lost both legs in an explosion in Afghanistan.

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.

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