Pyeongchang Winter Paralympics open as biggest in history

Korea Aims for Top-10 Finish at Pyeongchang Paralympics

Para athlete from Russia Yekaterina Rumyantseva won gold on Saturday in women's 6 km biathlon standing at the 2018 Winter Paralympic Games in South Korea's PyeongChang.

A record 567 athletes from 48 countries, plus the Neutral Paralympic Athlete delegation, will compete at the Games.

Nordic skier Kim Jong-hyon carried North Korea's flag, while South Korea were led out by cross-country skier and biathlete Sin Eui Hyun, considered the country's prime gold medal candidate.

Now, Page goes for his third Paralympic gold medal in PyeongChang and become one of four players ever to do so.

Men's 7.5 kilometres competition of the 2018 Winter Paralympics was held at Alpensia Biathlon Centre, South Korea.

The doping scandal that ensnared Russian Federation then has persisted, however, with only members of its delegation whom the International Paralympic Committee considered clean of any doping history permitted to compete here under a neutral flag.

North Korea is represented by two cross-country skiers at their first winter Paralympics.

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Guttmann, a Jewish neurosurgeon who fled to Great Britain from Nazi Germany, used sport as part of his work rehabilitating injured World War II veterans; he organized the Stoke Mandeville Games in 1948, which served as a precursor to the Paralympics.

"We have many similar topics, that's true", Andrew Parsons, president of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), told DPA.

A Korean amputee performer beat a giant drum on a freezing, foggy Friday night to celebrate the opening of the largest Winter Paralympics in history. He got into sports by playing wheelchair basketball in 2009 and also played para ice hockey in the past.

During the Winter Olympics, the two Koreas marched under a unified flag that displayed Korea with a set of islands in the Sea of Japan, which are now the subject of a territorial dispute. The Koreas fielded a joint women's hockey team and North Korea sent high-ranking diplomats to the Games, including Kim's own sister, Kim Yo Jong.

"[North Korea] does not accept the fact that Dokdo can not be marked due to political issues held in Korea", read a statement from the Korea Paralympic Committee.

U.S. snowboarder Brenna Huckaby, who has a prosthetic leg, was the first female para-athlete to model a swimsuit for the United States magazine Sports Illustrated. They marched separately from the South Koreans.

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