Winter Paralympics Opening Ceremony gets underway with dazzling fireworks display

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The Winter Paralympics began amid a dazzling spectrum of color and music at Friday's opening ceremony as Pyeongchang welcomed its second worldwide sporting extravaganza of 2018.

With the completion of the Opening Ceremony, the Paralympic Winter Games are officially underway in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

Pyongyang on Wednesday dispatched a total of 20 athletes and their guardians and four members of their NPC to the Paralympics, which begins on Friday.

Friday's opening ceremony included several performers with disabilities-a drummer with a prosthetic arm and legs beat a giant traditional drum, and a choir of wheelchair-bound performers sang the South Korean national anthem.

After spectacular cultural and dance performances, cross-country skiers Kim Jong-hyon and Ma Yu-chol entered as North Korea's first Winter Paralympians while the world digested the news that US President Donald Trump has agreed to meet his counterpart Kim Jong-un. Among them, 78 gold medals will be offered in four snow sports - para alpine skiing, para snowboard, para biathlon and para cross-country skiing.

Luckily the Winter Paralympics is about the start, so you can get your fix of shouting at the telly for Team GB. They were joined by three other flames - a flame from Stoke Mandeville in Britain, the birthplace of the Paralympics; a flame representing the 1988 Seoul Paralympics; and a digitally created flame - on Saturday in Seoul to form one united flame. It is also the largest Winter Paralympics ever in terms of participation - 570 athletes from 49 nations have registered to participate - according to the PyeongChang Organizing Committee for the 2018 Olympic & Paralympic Winter Games (POCOG). An additional two nations will make their Winter Games debut - Tajikistan and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea. "I'll be trying my hardest to hold back the tears during the opening ceremony".

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This is double the number of athletes from Asia that competed at the Sochi Games in 2014.

The Paralympic Games first took place in Rome in 1960 and were the Summer Games. South Korea said putting the islands on the flag would violate the International Paralympics Committee's recommendation not to politicize sports events.

Instead, they'll be walking in as Team NPA - Neutral Paralympic Athletes.

He doesn't have medal goals for this year's event and just wants to ski the best races he can.

Sin Eui-hyun carries the flag of South Korea as he leads his teammates into the opening ceremony of the 2018 Winter Paralympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, March 9, 2018.

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