Paralympics games kick off in South Korea

South Korea's Jung Seung-won raises his arms after his team beat Canada 7-5 in the wheelchair curling competition at the Pyeong Chang Winter Paralympics at Gangneung Curling Centre in Gangneung Gangwon Province

The 30-year-old from Carseldine in Queensland has also become the first Australian man to win medals at both a Winter and Summer Paralympics, having won bronze in athletics at London 2012. She has three more chances to bring home a medal.

Gretsch finished first in the women's sit ski.

In the men's 7.5km sitting biathlon another American came out on top, with Daniel Cnossen winning gold.

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In a move to support the successful hosting of the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Paralympic Games, various events were held Saturday to encourage the athletes and welcome the tourists.

France took gold in the women's standing downhill skiing. Jallen 8th in the standing downhill and 10th in the super-G.

Dixon danced in off the blue-line and went low with the left hand at 11:13, and Dominic Cozzolino (Mississauga, Ont.) found a loose puck in the slot just 18 seconds after that to send Canada to the dressing room up by seven.

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Canada's first gold of the PyeongChang Paralympics was won by Mac Marcoux, guided by Jack Leitch in the men's vision impaired downhill skiing. The bronze-medal game is Friday at 11 p.m. and the gold-medal game is Saturday at 11 p.m.

The opening competition day offered a couple of surprises to the host country.

According to POCOG, three popular events at the PyeongChang Paralympics so far have been the wheelchair curling match between South Korea and Canada on Monday, the ice hockey match between South Korea and Japan on Saturday, and the wheelchair curling match between Korea and Germany on Monday.

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The 17 goals are tied for the second-most scored by Canada since Hockey Canada took over the sledge hockey program in 2004.

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