Winter Paralympics open in cheery mood

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Pyeongchang, Mar. 9 (BNA): The 2018 PyeongChang Winter Paralympic Games kicked off on Friday with an opening ceremony emphasising passion and coexistence.

The show of division came on the same day that President Donald Trump announced that he agreed to meet face-to-face with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

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. Marie racing to gold in the men's visually impaired downhill race.

The IPC directed its focus on the achievement of hosting the inaugural North Korean Paralympic team in South Korea despite their history of conflict.

South Korea said putting the islands on the flag would violate the International Paralympics Committee's recommendation not to politicize sports events.

The teams from the North and South entered separately under their own flags during the athlete's parade in the opening ceremony Friday, which saw competitors from 49 countries march into the Pyeongchang Olympic Stadium.

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The first USA gold of these Paralympics was the first US gold in the biathlon, with Kendall Gretsch winning the women's 6km sitting biathlon, with teammate Oksana Masters capturing the bronze.

Parsons has defended the decision to allow Russians to take part-they were banned entirely at the Rio 2016 Paralympics-insisting those competing are "as clean as any others" at the Games.

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

AUSTRALIAN snowboarder Simon Patmore - who only took up the sport a tick over two years ago - has become the first Australian male to medal at both a Summer and Winter Paralympic Games. To Ukrainians will compete in three sports - cross-country skiing, biathlon and snowboarding.

Most of the North's Olympic athletes also had humiliating finishes, and a hastily assembled joint women's ice hockey team lost every one of its five matches, scoring just twice while conceding 28 goals.

The North Korean delegation, however, received one of the largest cheers from the crowd - some spectators carried the blue unified Korean flag used at the Olympics' opening ceremony.

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