Para athletes from Russian Federation march in opening ceremony of 2018 Paralympics

Para athletes from Russian Federation march in opening ceremony of 2018 Paralympics

Today marks 100 days out from the Pyeongchang 2018 Paralympic Games.

Winter Paralympics have been held since 1976. It is also the largest Winter Paralympics ever in terms of participation - 570 athletes from 49 nations have registered to participate - according to the PyeongChang Organizing Committee for the 2018 Olympic & Paralympic Winter Games (POCOG).

Arendz has been at other Paralympic Games where athletes were spread out in satellite villages, but this time everyone is together.

The delegation from north of the border includes two sit-skiers - Ma Yoo Chul and Kim Jeong Hyun - who will compete in the para cross-country as wildcard entries, while four "observing" athletes have also been sent to attend certain events as spectators.

"The Winter Games are so special because they're the only place you're going to see people throwing themselves off mountains, sliding down tracks and generally doing mad things". South Korean athletes failed to win a medal in Sochi.

The opening and closing ceremonies, as well as most snow sports, will be staged in PyeongChang, while alpine skiing events will be contested in Jeongseon, 215 kilometers east of Seoul.

After spectacular cultural and dance performances, cross-country skiers Kim Jong-hyon and Ma Yu-chol entered as North Korea's first Winter Paralympians while the world digested the news that US President Donald Trump has agreed to meet his counterpart Kim Jong-un.

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Snowboarder Joany Badenhorst has flown the flag as Australia's Winter Paralympics team marched on the PyeongChang Games opening ceremony.

Alpine skier Laurie Stephens is the most decorated Paralympian on the team with six medals. It's the first time North Korean athletes have competed at the Winter Paralympics.

How will host South Korea fare?

He was selected in a vote by U.S. athletes, the U.S. Olympic Committee announced Wednesday. Ultimately, the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) decided that it did not want any further debate on the matter and suggested the two Koreas march separately at the Opening Ceremony.

But the disagreement is considered a minor sticking point after what has been a swift thaw between the neighbours, starting with North Korea's decision in January to participate in the Olympics. The flame for the PyeongChang Paralympics was lit in five South Korean cities and counties - Jeju, Anyang, Nonsan, Gochang and Cheongdo.

The sporting events will then begin at 12.30am on Saturday.

At the winter Olympics that ended in Pyeongchang last month, Poland won two medals, placing it 20th in the medals table.

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