Published: Tue, March 13, 2018
Sport | By Cameron Gross

Canada's Paralympic team aims to win medals while smashing barriers

Canada's Paralympic team aims to win medals while smashing barriers

Two North Koreans - who only began learning how to ski in December - became their isolated nation's first athletes to compete in the Winter Paralympics on Sunday, part of an Olympics-driven detente on the Korean peninsula.

The Paralympics in South Korea opened Friday with a glittering ceremony that mixed spectacular light shows and fireworks with traditional Korean performances and modern pop music. 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.

Forty-eight different nations, plus a neutral Paralympic athletes team consisting of Russian competitors, entered the stadium in -5C temperatures. There are a record 80 gold medals up for grab, South Korean News Agency (Yonhap) reported.

North Korea pulled out of the joint march after South Korea chose to remove islands claimed by Japan from the flag, which depicts the Korean peninsula.

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He was selected in a vote by U.S. athletes, the U.S. Olympic Committee announced Wednesday. Moon was invited to do the official declaration by IPC President Andrew Parsons, who followed Pyeongchang 2018 counterpart Lee Hee-beom in delivering a speech.

"It's my first Paralympics, first race, so it's just a great way to kick off the week and hopefully (there's) more to come", she said. It was there that Trump accepted an invitation to meet Kim passed along by the South Koreans. He got into sports by playing wheelchair basketball in 2009 and also played para ice hockey in the past. Although injuries have continued to plague the six-time Alaskan state champion wrestler, he's ready to make his Paralympic debut in downhill and will try to add Paralympic gold to the world downhill title he won in February 2017.

Sin Eui-hyun carries the flag of South Korea as he leads his teammates into the opening ceremony of the 2018 Winter Paralympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, March 9, 2018.

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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