March 21, 2018

Ukrainian athletes win 5 medals on first day of Paralympics

13 March 2018, 08:26 | Opal Carroll

Owen Pick gets his flag-bearing practice in early Credit GETTY IMAGES

Owen Pick holds Union Flag

Canada has won 135 Winter Paralympics medals, including 43 gold, since the inaugural Games in Sweden in 1976.

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 is still room for growth as nineteen Asian nations competed at the Winter Olympic Games but with the next edition taking place in Beijing, we hope that many more Asian para-athletes will be inspired to take up the exciting and challenging winter sports".

In an echo of last month's Winter Olympics, 30 Russian athletes are competing as neutrals after the country was banned over allegations of state-sponsored doping.

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

"We were still negotiating right up until the very last moment".

A drummer with a prosthetic arm and prosthetic legs opened the festivities with a powerful performance.

Moon Calls for More Public Attention on PyeongChang Paralympics
The 17 goals are tied for the second-most scored by Canada since Hockey Canada took over the sledge (now para) program in 2004. The PyeongChang games have gone without a hitch so far as the world's best winter paralympic athletes have come together.

International Paralympic Committee president Andrew Parsons impressed by starting his speech in Korean, adding: "Paralympic sport not only changes lives but changes the world".

"Your extraordinary stories are what dreams are made of and will be told for years to come".

The ceremony culminated in the Paralympic flame being brought into the stadium, and a "moon-shaped", white cauldron being lit.

All four were members of the gold medal-winning 2014 Paralympic Sled Hockey Team.

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. Three countries, including North Korea, Georgia and Tajikistan are making their debut this time.

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

France won a gold medal in the men's 7.5km standing, while Ukraine dominated the vision impaired biathlon event with a gold and a bronze in the men's 7.5km. Ultimately, the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) decided that it did not want any further debate on the matter and suggested the two Koreas march separately at the Opening Ceremony.

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