Canada's Paralympic team aims to win medals while smashing barriers

Carrie Guzman
March 13, 2018

This is Lukyanenko's sixth Paralympic Games and his fifth gold medal.

It was the latest stage of a detente on the Korean peninsula that began at last month's Winter Olympics, and culminated with this week's announcement that US President Donald Trump had agreed to meet the North's leader Kim Jong Un.

Later Saturday, Mac Marcoux and guide Jack Leitch won Canada's first gold medal of the Games, finishing first in the downhill for visually impaired event.

Despite the rift, South Korea's Yonhap News Agency reported that the North Koreans were cheered when they entered the arena at the Paralympics opening ceremony on Friday.

South and North Korean cross-country skiers carried the torch together, before the flame was used to light the cauldron.

About 30 Russian disabled athletes will compete under the NPA banner after the IPC continued its hard-line on the tainted Russian Paralympic Committee in the wake of the fall-out from Russia's state-orchestrated drug regime in Sochi four years ago.

He told the Paralympians to keep fighting, play fair, have fun, and keep pushing their limits.

NK faces no more conditions for talks but yet to contact US
Some experts are concerned that North Korea could be seeking to delay worldwide action while strengthening its nuclear program. The CIA Director, Mike Pompeo said Sunday, "complete, verifiable, irreversible denuclearisation" is also a possibility.

A record 48 countries are taking part in the Games.

South Korea is hosting the Games for the first time.

Some of the adapted sports have become hits with spectators, such as fast and furious para ice hockey where competitors slide around on double-bladed sledges.

North Korea asked that the Dokdo Islands, which Japan now claims and calls Takeshima, be included on the flag, according to BBC. Cnossen is a former Navy Seal who lost both legs in an explosion in Afghanistan.

The 18-year-old from Vancouver captured bronze on Saturday in the women's standing downhill event with a time of one minute 34.60 seconds at the Jeongseon Alpine Centre, behind victor Marie Bochet of France (1:30.30) and runner-up Andrea Rothfuss of Germany (1:32.53). Ultimately, the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) decided that it did not want any further debate on the matter and suggested the two Koreas march separately at the Opening Ceremony.

Team Japan athletes wave miniature flags during the opening ceremony.

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