Winter Paralympics Open in Cheery Mood


Most of the 15 Australian athletes plus officials marched on PyeongChang Olympic Stadium on Friday, with two of the six alpine skiers competing on day one the following morning remaining at the athletes' village.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in declared the PyeongChang Paralympic Winter Games officially inaugurated today.

An additional KRW240 million (USD$223,200) was spent on the visit of a high-level North Korean delegation, which included Kim Jong Un's sister Kim Yo Jong, to the South on the occasion of the Olympic opening ceremony.

In addition, athletes from Russian Federation will also take part under the banner of "neutral Paralympic athletes" after their nation failed to satisfy the International Paralympic Committee over doping concerns.

Yamamoto competed in his first global snowboarding event past year, and unlike his teammates Gurimu Narita and Daichi Oguri, he is a long shot to medal in either of his two events, banked slalom and snowboard cross.

The delegation from north of the border includes two sit-skiers - Ma Yoo Chul and Kim Jeong Hyun - who will compete in the para cross-country as wildcard entries, while four "observing" athletes have also been sent to attend certain events as spectators. That's less than half of the 69 Paralympians who competed in Sochi.

Seoul will spend approximately USD$120,000 on North Korea's participation in the upcoming PyeongChang Paralympics, the Ministry of Unification (MOU) announced on Friday.

Asian Paralympic Committee President, Majid Rashed expressed his delight at the huge growth in representation for the region; "The growth in winter para-sports is excellent news for our region".

At the winter Olympics that ended in Pyeongchang last month, Poland won two medals, placing it 20th in the medals table.

Schultz enters the Paralympics as one of the top snowboarders in the world having won a silver medal in banked slalom at the 2017 world championships.

"And if you look at the history of winter sports, the Brits are all over it". Canada's Paralympians are some of our country's finest athletes.