2018 Paralympic Winter Games - Opening Ceremony

Let the Games Begin: The 2018 Winter Paralympic Opening Ceremony

Bitter cold temperatures couldn’t prevent a record number of Paralympians from taking part in a stunning show to kick off nine extraordinary and inspirational days in Pyeongchang, which is host to the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games. This year marks the 12th installment of the Games, which were first held in Ornskoldsvik, Sweden in 1976. The original event, featured 198 participants, representing 16 countries, and just two sports. Forty-two years later, a total of 49 delegations have descended on Korea, with 567 athletes competing in 80 medal events across six sports: alpine skiing, biathlon, cross-country skiing, ice hockey, snowboard and wheelchair curling. Here, a look at this year’s beautiful beginning...

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