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North Korea, South Korea Refuse To Walk Together At Paralympics

13 March 2018, 08:21 | Erica Roy

Owen Pick is one of three snowboarders on the Great Britain team

Owen Pick

"A small step to peace that started out a joint inter-Korean women's ice hockey team has been growing rapidly like a snowball", South Korean President Moon Jae-in said, according to USA Today.

The wheelchair-bound skiers appeared at the same temporary stadium in Pyeongchang, about 50 kilometres (30 miles) from the heavily fortified inter-Korean border, where Kim Jong-un's sister attended the opening of last month's Winter Olympics. Organizers are touting Pyeongchang as the largest in Winter Paralympics history - the organizing committee says up to 670 athletes from 49 countries will compete in six sports.

The United States on Saturday got off to a good start on the opening day of the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games, topping the medals tally with three gold, one silver and one bronze medals.

Unlike at the recent Winter Olympics, South Korea and North Korea marched separately, after failing to resolve differences about the nature of the proposed Korean unification flag.

Forty-eight different nations, plus a neutral Paralympic athletes team consisting of Russian competitors, entered the stadium in -5C temperatures.

One of her country's best-credentialed athletes in PyeongChang, Badenhorst is soon to turn her attention to winning its first Winter Games gold medal in 16 years.

Just like February's Olympic Games, the cold weather has been a nagging problem for the Paralympics, and it has already caused cancellations of official training session.

International Paralympic Committee president Andrew Parsons impressed by starting his speech in Korean, adding: "Paralympic sport not only changes lives but changes the world". If the meeting takes place, Trump will be the first US president to meet a North Korean leader.

21-year-old alpine skier Momoka Muraoka led the Japanese delegation at the opening ceremony. The games run until March 18.

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

It's McKeever's first time participating in the opening ceremony.

It is a turnaround from previous year, when tensions soared as the North fired missiles that could reach the U.S. mainland and tested what it said was an H-bomb.

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