PyeongChang Winter Paralympic Games kick off


North and South Korea marched together at the opening and closing ceremonies for the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics, but a dispute over the unified flag drove them apart at the opening ceremony for the Paralympics on Friday.

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

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

The Olympics-driven detente has triggered a flurry of diplomatic activity, which culminated in the shock announcement last week that US President Donald Trump had agreed to meet the North's leader Kim Jong Un.

Patmore's performance has erased fears Australia would go medal-less at a Winter Paralympics for the first time since Innsbruck, Austria in 1988. He got into sports by playing wheelchair basketball in 2009 and also played para ice hockey in the past.

North Korea's participation in the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea was seen as a giant leap forward in diplomacy for the two countries, which have been on rocky ground since the end of the Korean War.

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In gathering darkness that made it hard to read putts, Woods holed a double-breaking, 15-foot par putt on the third extra hole. In 1998 in Thailand, Woods rallied from an eight-shot deficit in the final round and beating Els in a playoff.

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

There was no notable crowd reaction for the North Korean party of 18 representatives, including its two athletes, with the loudest moment reserved for South Korean athletes, who entered the arena to complete the parade.

The opening ceremony took place on Friday at the city's Olympic stadium.

According to the Google Doodle blog, there are more women competing in this year's Paralympic games than any previous games: "Over 670 athletes, including more female athletes than ever before, have the chance to show their skills after years of hard work and training".

The Paralympic cauldron is lit after the flame arrives in Gangneung, South Korea, on Thursday.

Moon watched his country's delegation march separately from North Korea's following a dispute yesterday over the unification flag to be carried.