Lancaster's Adam Page goes for third Paralympic gold medal
13 March 2018, 08:23 | Devin Moran
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There was also a positive reaction when one athlete from North Korea and one from South Korea held the Paralympic flame aloft together before handing it over to start a relay which culminated with a South Korean single-leg amputee abseiling up a ski slope before the cauldron was lit.
Andrew Parsons, president of the IPC, said in a statement that North Korea's presence was a pivotal moment for the Paralympic movement and that he hoped that "the focus can now be on the performances of Para athletes on the field of play, not the politics off it".
"Your extraordinary stories are what dreams are made of and will be told for years to come".
At the summer Games achievements of Ukrainian Paralympic athletes are even more impressive: in Atlanta-1996, Sydney-2000, Athens 2004, Beijing 2008, London 2012 and Rio de Janeiro in 2016 "blue-yellow" team won the 374 medals (125, 115, 134)! Also, 18 Team USA athletes have served in the US military.
Unlike the Olympics, where the International Olympic Committee allowed Russian competitors to use the term "Olympic Athletes from Russia" (OAR), the country name will not appear at the Paralympics.
The Paralympics will run from March 9 to March 18.
Paralympians are an eclectic bunch, ranging from a 61-year-old Japanese ice hockey goaltender to a Mexican who found unlikely success as a mono-skier.
USA snowboarder Brenna Huckaby, who has a prosthetic leg, was the first female para-athlete to model a swimsuit for the United States magazine Sports Illustrated. The two who only started skiing three months ago finished last, but the crowd's enthusiastic welcome to the North's athletes could be a sign of thawing relations between Seoul and Pyongyang.
Team Japan athletes wave miniature flags during the opening ceremony.
It is a turnaround from previous year, when tensions soared as the North fired missiles that could reach the U.S. mainland and tested what it said was an H-bomb.
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