Saturday, 26 May, 2018

Google Doodle: the Winter Paralympic Games in Pyeongchang

Owen Pick Owen Pick is one of three snowboarders on the Great Britain team
Betsy Taylor | 12 March, 2018, 09:23

Canmore's Brian McKeever will lead the Canadian Paralympic Team into the Opening Ceremony as flag bearer at the PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games, the Canadian Paralympic Committee announced today.

All of Saturday's medals came from skiing - alpine skiing and biathlon - on which six gold medals were up for grabs respectively.

"The fact that (the North) will make its Winter Games debut here in South Korea I also believe is hugely significant". Viewers can watch all the action during the Games live, free and HD on TVNZ DUKE from 9 - 18 March 2018.

North Korea had wanted to use a version of the Korean peninsula flag that includes islands disputed with Japan.

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. 9 seconds, which was 51.9 seconds behind gold medallist Maksym Yarovyi of Ukraine.

Farkasova hailed her victory as "great, amazing", adding: "Hopefully we can inspire through our achievements and (show) others to strive and do their best".

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

Assisting the eight contenders will be three helpers, who will guide athletes with sight problems.


In the biathlon, the USA took gold and silver in the women's sit ski, with Kendall Gretsch coming first and Oksana Masters second.

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

Laurie Stephens captured the bronze win women's sitting downhill skiing.

Noah Grove - The 18-year-old student at the University of New Hampshire made his USA national team debut as a forward in 2016 and also competes for the US amputee soccer team. Marie racing to gold in the men's visually impaired downhill race.

The North Korean athletes are two cross-country skiers, Kim Jong-hyon and Ma Yu-chol.

Although, unlike the Winter Olympic Games where both South and North Korea participated under the same flag, the North Koreans will compete as an independent nation, with just two athletes set to represent them.

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.

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