Team USA Set To Open 2018 Paralympic Games Tomorrow

Koreas to march separately at Paralympic Opening Ceremony

Koreas to march separately at Paralympic Opening Ceremony

South Korea has won only two silver medals at the Winter Paralympics: alpine skier Han Sang-min at Salt Lake City 2002 and wheelchair curling team at Vancouver 2010.

In the biathlon - which combines skiing and shooting - US took gold and silver in the women's sit ski, with Kendall Gretcsch coming first and Oskana Masters second.

"From tomorrow, Paralympic athletes will turn their dreams into reality".

After South Korean President Moon Jae-in declared the Games open, the Paralympic torch arrived at the stadium.

Mike Schultz leads U.S.delegation during the opening ceremony for the XII Paralympic Winter Games in the Pyeongchang Olympic Stadium, in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Friday, March 9, 2018.

North Korea's first Winter Paralympians did not appear alongside South Korea's team, as happened at the Winter Olympics opening ceremony, after a row over the blue-and-white Korean unification flag.

In a spectacle that featured a rhythmic drum dance, projections of fish and animals coming to life and a boat symbolically powered by the equipment used in Paralympic games, a record 567 athletes paraded into the Pyeongchang Olympic Stadium to officially commence the 10-day festival that runs through March 18.

"Hopefully we can inspire through our achievements and (show) others to strive and do their best", she said.

She said she was honoured to carry the flag.

France took gold in the women's standing downhill skiing.

Gretsch said her victory was "pretty unexpected".

It's been eight years since Adam Page first played in the Paralympics.

American Daniel Cnossen, a former US Navy Seal, took gold in the men's sit ski.

Andrew Kurka competes in the men's slalom sitting LW12-1 at the Winter Games New Zealand on August 24, 2015 in Queenstown, New Zealand.

This is the largest Winter Paralympics ever, with 567 athletes from 48 countries plus a team of neutral Paralympic athletes from Russian Federation.

Vitaliy Lukyanenko took the gold in the men's biathlon 7.5 km sprint for the visually impaired.

He was supported by the excited dancing of partially-sighted skier Kelly Gallagher, who made history in Sochi four years ago by becoming Britain's first Winter Paralympic champion.

Just like the recent Olympics also in Pyeongchang, two issues dominate: Russian Federation and North Korea. They marched separately from the South Koreans.

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