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Winter Paralympics Opening Ceremony gets underway with dazzling fireworks display

10 March 2018

Snowboarder Mike Schultz, who has designed adaptive sports prosthetics that some of his teammates will be wearing in competition, has been named the US flag bearer for the opening ceremony of the Pyeongchang Paralympics.

With the completion of the Opening Ceremony, the Paralympic Winter Games are officially underway in Pyeongchang, South Korea. "Medals at Winter Games are harder to win as there has been a tendency at the Paralympics to reduce the number of individual events, compressing them into groups", said Łukasz Szeliga, president of the Polish Paralympic Committee.

Snowboarder Owen Pick led out the Great Britain team at the opening ceremony for the Winter Paralympics in Pyeongchang.

The British team also includes partially-sighted skier Kelly Gallagher, who made history by becoming Britain's first Winter Paralympic champion in Sochi four years ago.

Mike Schultz With His New Board
Mike Schultz With His New Board

"Everything is building towards the opening ceremonies tomorrow evening, then the real show begins", he said Thursday evening from South Korea.

The International Paralympic Committee says 30 athletes from Russian Federation will be allowed to compete in Pyeongchang as neutral athletes after being subjected to extra testing.

Bach was given the Cheongryong Medal, South Korea's highest sporting honour, by President Moon Jae-in in a ceremony at the Blue House in Seoul.

With 190 live video transmission units deployed for the games, LiveU saw over 7,100 live sessions out of approximately 40 different countries with 6 terabytes of live transmission.

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Sang Min Han won South Korea's first winter medal, a silver in giant slalom back in 2002.

The final ignition of the cauldron was carried out by South Korean wheelchair curling skip Seo Soon-seok, having taken the torch from one of the Olympics' famous "Garlic Girls" - Kim Eun-jung, the skip for last month's silver-medal-winning South Korean women's curling team.

"We've seen a shift occur over the previous two Olympic Games and the last World Cup". The flame for the PyeongChang Paralympics was lit in five South Korean cities and counties - Jeju, Anyang, Nonsan, Gochang and Cheongdo. It's the first time North Korean athletes have competed at the Winter Paralympics.

The two-hour opening ceremony will be orchestrated by Lee Moon-tae, the president of the Korean Traditional Performing Arts Foundation who previously produced various entertainment programs at the Korean Broadcasting System, one of the largest broadcasters in the country.

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The two Korean nations agreed to "respect each other's stance and march separately" following the flag disagreement, BBC reported.

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Winter Paralympics Opening Ceremony gets underway with dazzling fireworks display