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North Korean Paralympic Athletes Arrive in South Korea

North Korean Paralympic Athletes Arrive in South Korea

From 9 to 18 March in Pyeongchang will host the 12th Paralympic winter games.

McKeever roared to a pair of gold medals in his Paralympic debut in 2002 in Salt Lake City, and would race to eight more titles over the next three Paralympics, plus a pair of silver medals and two bronze. However, there won't be a repeat of the Winter Olympics 2018 - when South and North Korea entered together under a unified flag - as the two countries chose to march separately.

The IPC had offered both countries the chance to march together under the same conditions as last month's Olympic Winter Games.

Discussions between the committees described as "amicable and positive" were held in the Paralympic Village on Thursday. The 38-year-old, who will be skiing with guides Graham Nishikawa (Whitehorse, Yukon) and Russell Kennedy (Canmore) in PyeongChang, is making his fifth Paralympic Games appearance.

Cross-country skiers Kim Jong Hyon and Ma Yu Chol are the only two competitors from the isolated state, although it is unclear whether they will parade alongside South Korean athletes at the opening ceremony, as happened at the Winter Olympics.

The North had wanted disputed islands to be put on a unified flag but the South disagreed. He is very well-deserving of this great honour, and will do the Canadian Paralympic Team proud as he leads us into the Opening Ceremony.

In response to the North's claim, the International Paralympics Committee said the two Koreas will march individually as the flag can not be changed. "I think there will probably be people there to keep me in place".

Schultz joined the para-snowboard team in 2015 following an accident in 2008 that left one of his legs amputated.

With politics and news taking center stage again, it is easy to forget that the Paralympics are held as a celebration of incredible athletic endeavor.

He told CNN's Don Riddell: "The first time I wore it, I knew I was onto something good", adding that it took him just a week to develop the first prototype. "We have the world's best athletes, world class facilities, and thousands of spectators filled with passion who are ready to witness sporting greatness on the snow and ice", Hee-Beom Lee, PyeongChang 2018 President, said in a statement.

The athletes from each Koreas entered collectively on the opening of the Pyeongchang Olympics on February 9 underneath the united flag.

PyeongChang 2018 President Hee-Beom Lee says "thank you for your support" to all journalists who covered the Olympics.

The curtain is all set to rise on the first Korean Paralympic Games.


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