PyeongChang Winter Paralympic Games kick off

South Korean Nordic para skier Sin Eui-hyun competes in the men's 7.5-kilometer sitting biathlon event at the Pyeong Chang Winter Paralympic Games at Alpensia Biathlon Centre in PyeongChang Gangwon Province

PyeongChang Winter Paralympic Games kick off

They will compete in Alpine skiing, biathlon, cross-country skiing, snowboard and curling.

Addressing Paralympic athletes during opening ceremony at PyeongChang Olympic Stadium in PyeongChang, 180 kilometers east of Seoul, Lee said he would like the event to be "truly blessed (with the) Paralympic spirit of courage, determination, inspiration, and equality". "Four hours before we still did not have agreement for a joint march".

The International Paralympic Committee announced that the neighboring nations would have their own entourages on Thursday - just a day before the opening ceremony.

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"It's nice", he said.

After the 2018 Winter Olympics drew to a close with Norway and Germany both equaling Canada's 2010 Vancouver gold medal haul, everyone's attention turns to the highly anticipated Winter Paralympics 2018.

Russians had been allowed to compete as neutral athletes in some qualifying events ahead of the games before a final decision, but that came too late for Russia to qualify in hockey.

Arendz said his preparation and training has gone well, including some recent races in Germany.

"If I win a gold medal, I want to scream after I stick the national flag in the ground", he said.

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The two nations marched together under the unification flag, and, for the first time in the history of the Games, competed together as part of a unified Korean women's ice hockey team.

"It really adds to the atmosphere".

The oldest athlete on the team is James Anseeuw from wheelchair curling at 58 years old.

"It kind of shifts the attitudes of other people so that they can say, wow, the things that can be done, rather than look at what they can't do", Soulliere said.

The Paralympics will commence from Friday, March 9 till Sunday, March 18.

He's a three-time world champion with Team Canada and has won gold in both summer and winter Paralympic Games.

It will be the second Paralympics without a Russian team.

Unlike at last month's Olympics, where North and South Korean athletes walked under one united flag, the two countries could not strike a similar arrangement for the Paralympics opening ceremony.

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