Slovakia's Henrieta Farkasova wins first gold of Winter Paralympics

Slovakia's Henrieta Farkasova wins first gold of Winter Paralympics

A general view of the opening ceremony of the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Paralympic Games at the Pyeongchang Stadium, South Korea, March 9, 2018.

Today's Google doodle marks the start of the 2018 Paralympics that begin in PyeongChang today and will continue over the next 10 days. Ma Yu-chol and Kim Jong-hyon, the first two North Koreans to compete in the Winter Paralympics, were the bottom two finishers as they ended 26th and 27th, respectively. There are a record 80 gold medals up for grab, South Korean News Agency (Yonhap) reported.

He was selected in a vote by U.S. athletes, the U.S. Olympic Committee announced Wednesday. The disagreement comes over the exclusion of South Korean-controlled and Japanese-contested disputed islands, known as Dokdo in Korean and Takeshima in Japanese.

Canada had a successful first day, with 20-year-old Mac Marcoux of Sault Ste.

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Alpine skier and flag-bearer Momoka Muraoka led 68 members of Japan's delegation into the outdoor stadium, the national flag attached to her wheelchair.

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Pyongyang sent 22 athletes to last month's Olympics, and teams from the North and South marched together under a unified flag at the opening ceremony.

Russian Federation remains suspended from the games due to the country's state-sponsored doping when it hosted the 2014 Sochi Games.

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.

In what was his Paralympic debut, Patmore ran 22.36, a time which put him just over three-tenths of a second behind the gold medallist, Brazilian Yohansson Nascimento. Cnossen is a former Navy Seal who lost both legs in an explosion in Afghanistan.

The opening ceremony took place on Friday at the city's Olympic stadium.

The Olympics-driven detente has triggered a flurry of diplomatic activity, which culminated in the shock announcement last week that US President Donald Trump had agreed to meet the North's leader Kim Jong Un.

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