Published: Sun, March 11, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Winter Paralympics open in cheery mood

Winter Paralympics open in cheery mood

ParalympicsGB has sent a 17-strong team of athletes, though only snowboarders Pick, Ben Moore and James Barnes-Miller, and Kelly Gallagher attended the ceremony, with the remaining athletes due to compete on Saturday.

She said she was honoured to carry the flag.

"At the end of the meeting both NPCs recognized that their participation in PyeongChang 2018 has brought them closer together, and the two have committed to working more closely together in the future", Parsons said. All four were members of the gold medal-winning 2014 Paralympic Sled Hockey Team.

As the ceremony started, spectators were treated to fireworks and a lights show before the athletes' march, which was followed by the Paralympics flag-raising and lighting of the flame.

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North Korea and Georgia are sending two athletes each, while Tajikistan has only one.

Following the Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, the Paralympics are underway.

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea The opening ceremony of the biggest Winter Paralympics yet unfolded Friday night with a glittering performance that championed a world of coexistence where differences are embraced and understood.

Similarly to the Olympics ceremonies, colour and culture featured heavily throughout, with traditional Korean aspects combining with the new such as K-Pop music and dancing. "Although this is already my 5th time at Paralympic Games, each of the game is unique", the athlete told ARMENPRESS.

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"Strengthening the relationship with the International Olympic Committee and securing the future of the IPC and the Paralympic Movement was my number one priority when I was elected as IPC President last September", IPC President Andrew Parsons said.

North Korea pulled out of the joint march after South Korea made a decision to remove islands claimed by Japan from the flag, which depicts the Korean peninsula.

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