Paralympics games kick off in South Korea

Paralympics games kick off in South Korea

The 2018 Winter Paralympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea are underway, and the United States on the first day of competition already won more gold medals than it secured at the entire 2014 Games in Sochi.

The NPA refers to Russian para-athletes in PyeongChang as Russians were banned from competing under its national flag for the alleged state-sponsored doping scandal.

The Topeka, Kansas native's win on Saturday led to his first medal in 25 career biathlon and cross country events at the world championships and Paralympics dating to 2011, according to NBC News.

Farkasova and her guide Natalia Subrtova finished in 1:29.72 minutes, beating second-placed Millie Knight of Britain and her guide Brett Wild by 0.86 sec. "Hopefully we can inspire through our achievements and (show) others to strive and do their best", she said.

In the biathlon, the USA took gold and silver in the women's sit ski, with Kendall Gretsch coming first and Oksana Masters second. The USA has the biggest team at the Winter Paralympics with 69 athletes. One day after winning gold in the men's 7.5km sitting biathlon, the former Navy Seal took the silver in the 15k sitting biathlon on Sunday. "He is an incredible leader and role model for all of our Canadian athletes, and as he's heading towards the end of his career, this is just an incredible, incredible opportunity for Brian to reflect upon his career", she said about the 38-year-old.

On the first day, Henrieta from Slovakia bagged first gold medal of the games in Downhill Skiing, while Andrew Kurka won bronze medal in the same sport.

Russian biathletes Ekaterina Rumyantseva, competing in women's standing, and Mikhalina Lysova, in the women's vision-impaired category, both won gold on Saturday.

Gretsch and Cnossen will go down in history as the first Americans to win biathlon gold in the Paralympic or Olympic Games, TeamUSA reported. Marie Bochet and Benjamin Daviet clinched France's first golds, in women's standing downhill skiing and men's standing biathlon respectively. They had originally been expected to march alongside their South Korean counterparts at Friday's opening, but a row over how the unification flag should appear halted the plan. North Korea took centre stage at the ceremony.

The rapid inter-Korean detente began at last month's Winter Olympics.

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