Today's Google Doodle Rings In The Start Of The Paralympics

The Paralympic cauldron is lit after the flame arrives in Gangneung, South Korea, on Thursday.

The Paralympics begin Friday in PyeongChang, South Korea, and Team USA includes a number of athletes with connections to New England, according to their US Olympic Committee bios.

Japan complained to South Korea about followers waving the Korean peninsula flag at a pleasant girls's ice hockey match within the Olympics between the mixed North and South Korean crew and Sweden.

Russian biathletes Ekaterina Rumyantseva, competing in women's standing, and Mikhalina Lysova, in the women's vision-impaired category, both won gold. She was 38.5 seconds off the gold-winning performance.

We do have one Winter Paralympic gold medallist who hails from our shores, though, and that's Kelly Gallagher (two with Kelly's guide Charlotte Evans). "Hopefully we can inspire through our achievements and [show] others to strive and do their best".

She said she was honoured to carry the flag.

American Daniel Cnossen, a former US Navy Seal, took gold in the men's sit ski.

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. He helped Team Canada finish fifth at the 2017 World Championship, earning a spot in this year's Winter Games in Pyeongchang.

Russians had been allowed to compete as neutral athletes in some qualifying events ahead of the games before a final decision, but that came too late for Russia to qualify in hockey.

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

Switzerland's Theo Gmur took his first Paralympic gold in the men's standing skiing, and USA skier Andrew Kurka, the reigning downhill world champion, won the race in the men's sitting category.

He also raced together with two North Koreans - Ma Yu-chol and Kim Jong-hyon.

The opening ceremony in the PyeongChang Olympic Stadium took place on a foggy evening with the 30,000-seat stadium partially filled.

North Korea's athletes took centre stage as the biggest Winter Paralympics 2018 in history opened in South Korea on Friday with a glittering ceremony after a rapid round of diplomacy hit dizzying heights.

That mirrors the situation from last month's Olympics. "However, despite a day of amicable and positive discussions between the two NPCs in the Paralympic Village, the two parties have decided not to march under the same conditions as the Olympic Opening Ceremony".

  • Julie Sanders