Google's Special Doodle Marks Paralympics 2018

6 Mar 2018- 15:01:00

Slovakian skier Henrieta Farkasova won the first gold medal of the Pyeongchang Paralympics Saturday and the United States of America clinched a hat-trick of victories as sporting action got under away at Games marked by a rapid inter-Korean thaw.

In the stands of the Alpensia Biathlon Centre, spectators watching the North's first Winter Paralympians welcomed their presence as a sign of improving ties, and said they hoped the rapprochement would last.

The Paralympic cauldron was lit by Seo Soonseok, the captain of South Korea's men's wheelchair curling team.

North Korea was in focus as the country's first two athletes to ever compete at a Winter Paralympics paraded into the Pyeongchang Olympic Stadium under their own country's flag. The games get concluded on March 18.

It proved to be the trigger for a series of conciliatory steps between the two Koreas, who remain technically at war, culminating in Thursday's announcement at the White House.

Google Doodle to mark the commencement of Winter Paralympics 2018.

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Among them are 30 neutral competitors from Russian Federation, which remains suspended by the IPC over a mass doping scandal.

Considered an outside chance to medal at his first games at PyeongChang, Patmore finished the regular competition in third. Cnossen is a former Navy Seal who lost both legs in an explosion in Afghanistan.

North Korean officials said they do "not accept the fact that Dokdo can not be marked due to political issues held in Korea", Reuters reported.

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

Pyongyang sent 22 athletes to the Olympics, and teams from the North and South marched together under a unified flag at the opening ceremony.

Just like February's Olympic Games, the cold weather has been a nagging problem for the Paralympics, and it has already caused cancellations of official training session.

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

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