N. Korea makes Winter Paralympics debut with rookie skiers

South Korea's Sin Eui-hyun competes in the men's 15-kilometer sitting cross-country skiing event at the Pyeong Chang Winter Paralympics at Alpensia Biathlon Centre in PyeongChang some 180 kilometers east of Seoul

A total of 133 athletes from 9 Asian nations are competing at the PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games which run from 9th - 18th March.

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.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in declared the games open.

Para athlete from Russia Yekaterina Rumyantseva won gold on Saturday in women's 6 km biathlon standing at the 2018 Winter Paralympic Games in South Korea's PyeongChang.

South Korea's Sin Eui-hyun responds to fans support at Alpensia Biathlon Centre in PyeongChang some 180 kilometers east of Seoul after winning bronze in the men's 15-kilometer sitting cross-country skiing event at the Pyeong Chang Winter Pa

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.

Sin clocked a time of 42 minutes, 28.9 seconds at Alpensia Biathlon Centre in PyeongChang, some 180 kilometers east of Seoul to finish third among 27 competitors.

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.

Simon Patmore has become Australia's first Paralympic snowboard medalist, after claiming the country's first gold medal in 16 years.

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"We are not rewarding Russian Federation but we are allowing athletes that we believe are clean to compete under a neutral flag", IPC president Andrew Parsons said.

Today's Google doodle marks the start of the 2018 Paralympics that begin in PyeongChang today and will continue over the next 10 days.

There was a silver lining to their less than triumphant debut - while they finished last, a Georgian and a Belarusian failed to complete the course at all, meaning they did worse than the North Koreans.

21-year-old alpine skier Momoka Muraoka led the Japanese delegation at the opening ceremony.

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American snowboarder Brenna Huckaby, who lost her right leg below the knee, made headlines when she featured in Sports Illustrated's swimsuit issue.

A Korean amputee performer beat a giant drum on a freezing, foggy Friday night to celebrate the opening of the largest Winter Paralympics in history.

The North Korean athletes at the Games are two cross-country skiers, Kim Jong Hyon and Ma Yu Chol.

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