Published: Tue, March 13, 2018
Sports | By Jonathan Ford

Para athlete from Russia Rumyantseva wins gold in biathlon at 2018 Paralympics

Para athlete from Russia Rumyantseva wins gold in biathlon at 2018 Paralympics

Earlier in the day, Mollie Jepsen of Whistler, B.C. captured bronze in the women's downhill standing event, earning Canada's first medal of the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games.

There were cheers from spectators as the pair set off, with some people waving the blue-and-white Korean unification flag, which depicts an undivided Korean peninsula.

After marching together for the beginning of the Winter Olympics, North and South Korea marched separately at the start of the Paralympics.

Sin Eui-hyun carries the flag of South Korea as he leads his teammates into the opening ceremony of the 2018 Winter Paralympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, March 9, 2018.

The Pyeongchang Winter Paralympics were officially opened on Friday night with a glittering ceremony that included fireworks and light shows.

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

The nation will contest every sport except curling, with a total of 38 Japanese athletes competing in alpine skiing, cross country skiing, biathlon, para ice hockey and snowboarding.

There was no notable crowd reaction for the North Korean party of 18 representatives, including its two athletes, with the loudest moment reserved for South Korean athletes, who entered the arena to complete the parade.

A record 48 countries are taking part in the Games.

The doping scandal that ensnared Russian Federation then has persisted, however, with only members of its delegation whom the International Paralympic Committee considered clean of any doping history permitted to compete here under a neutral flag.

Andrew Kurka competes in the men's slalom sitting LW12-1 at the Winter Games New Zealand on August 24, 2015 in Queenstown, New Zealand.

American snowboarder Brenna Huckaby, who lost her right leg below the knee, made headlines when she featured in Sports Illustrated's swimsuit issue. 14 Belarusian athletes went to Pyeongchang to perform in two disciplines: ski races and biathlon.

The International Paralympic Committee announced that the neighboring nations would have their own entourages on Thursday - just a day before the opening ceremony.

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