Winter Paralympics in Pyeongchang officially begin with colourful opening ceremony

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The first competition day of the Paralympic Games in Pyeongchang has brought the national team of Belarus four medals - all in biathlon.

After South Korean President Moon Jae-in declared the Games open, the Paralympic torch arrived at the stadium.

Yesterday the opening ceremony of the Paralympic Games in Pyeongchang took place.

There was no notable crowd reaction for the North Korean party of 18 representatives, including its two athletes, with the loudest moment reserved for South Korean athletes, who entered the arena to complete the parade.

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.

International Paralympic Committee President Andrew Parsons said in a speech that a record number of countries are feeling at home in PyeongChang, thanks to the warm welcome they received.

Six years after winning silver at the London Paralympics, as a 200m sprinter, Patmore claimed gold in the men's snowboard cross, defeating Italian Manuel Pozzerle in the final.

"Your extraordinary stories are what dreams are made of and will be told for years to come".

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The South Korean flag is carried into the stadium.

In addition to the 48 nations, athletes from Russian Federation will also take part under the banner of "neutral Paralympic athletes" after their country failed to satisfy the International Paralympic Committee over doping concerns.

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.

North Korea's participation in the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea was seen as a giant leap forward in diplomacy for the two countries, which have been on rocky ground since the end of the Korean War.

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

"We were still negotiating right up until the very last moment".

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

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