Skiers grab Canada's first gold, bronze medals at Pyeongchang Winter Paralympics

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Skiers grab Canada's first gold, bronze medals at Pyeongchang Winter Paralympics

The 2018 Paralympic Winter Games begin Friday with the opening ceremony in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

At Friday's ceremony, South Korean President Moon Jae-in officially declared the Paralympics open in sub-zero temperatures before fireworks lit up the night sky. The games will run until March 18.

ParalympicsGB has sent a 17-strong team of athletes, though only snowboarders Pick, Ben Moore and James Barnes-Miller, and Kelly Gallagher attended the ceremony, with the remaining athletes due to compete on Saturday.

South Korean diplomats visited North Korea earlier in the week, before heading to Washington D.C.to debrief the White House.

And unlike at the Olympic opening ceremony last month, when athletes from the two Koreas entered the stadium as a unified delegation, the nations marched separately after failing to agree Thursday on conditions for a dual march.

The ceremony itself, which took place after the parade, consisted of traditional Korean dance, combined with modern music and light shows.

Andrew Parsons, president of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), said that despite this latest hiccup, the countries have pushed diplomacy forward.

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.

A record 48 countries are taking part in the Games.

Among them are 30 neutral competitors from Russian Federation, which remains suspended by the IPC over a mass doping scandal. He got into sports by playing wheelchair basketball in 2009 and also played para ice hockey in the past.

TWO North Korean rookie skiers finished last as they made their country's Winter Paralympics debut in the South today, but a flag-waving crowd cheered enthusiastically at the latest sign of an Olympics-fuelled rapprochement.

The rapid inter-Korean thaw has eased tensions that soared past year when Pyongyang tested missiles that could reach the U.S. mainland and detonated what it said was an H-bomb.

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