Slovakian skier wins first gold as Paralympics get under way

Korea Aims for Top-10 Finish at Pyeongchang Paralympics

Korea Aims for Top-10 Finish at Pyeongchang Paralympics

The 2018 Games will mark the biggest winter Paralympics to date, with more than 560 athletes vying for over 80 medals.

It is quite a turnaround from past year, when Pyongyang tested missiles that could reach the USA mainland and detonated what it said was an H-bomb, sparking fury from Trump who threatened to "completely destroy" the North.

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.

Ukrainian biathlete was first in men's 7.5 km for visually impaired athletes, Ukrinform reports.

Sin clocked a time of 42 minutes, 28.9 seconds at Alpensia Biathlon Centre in PyeongChang, some 180 kilometers east of Seoul to finish third among 27 competitors.

The Paralympic cauldron is lit after the flame arrives in Gangneung, South Korea, on Thursday.

The two Koreas had marched together at the opening ceremony of last month's Winter Olympics in symbolic moment of unification that was welcomed across the globe.

South Korean diplomats visited North Korea earlier in the week, before heading to Washington D.C.to debrief the White House.

The 36-year-old from St. Cloud, Minn., will make his Paralympic debut after learning to snowboard in 2011.

The nation will contest every sport except curling, with a total of 38 Japanese athletes competing in alpine skiing, cross country skiing, biathlon, para ice hockey and snowboarding.

A record 48 countries are taking part in the Games.

Just like February's Olympic Games, the cold weather has been a nagging problem for the Paralympics, and it has already caused cancellations of official training session. Cnossen is a former Navy Seal who lost both legs in an explosion in Afghanistan. The Neutral Paralympic Athlete delegation is also participating. 14 Belarusian athletes went to Pyeongchang to perform in two disciplines: ski races and biathlon.

Kim Jong Hyon carries the flag of North Korea as he leads his teammates into the opening ceremony.

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