Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Paralympics - Opening ceremony - Pyeongchang Olympic Stadium - Pyeongchang, South Korea - March 9, 2018 - Artists perform during the opening ceremony. REUTERS/Paul Hanna
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North Korea's athletes took center-stage as the Winter Paralympics opened in South Korea Friday with a glittering ceremony after a rapid round of diplomacy hit dizzying heights.After spectacular cultural and dance performances, cross-country skiers Kim Jong Hyon and Ma Yu Chol entered as North Korea's first Winter Paralympians as the world digests the news US President Donald Trump has agreed to meet Kim Jong Un.North Korea's first Winter Paralympians did not appear alongside South Korea's team, as happened at the Winter Olympics opening ceremony, after a row over the blue-and-white Korean unification flag.There are 567 athletes at the Games competing in 80 medal events across six sports: alpine skiing, biathlon, cross-country skiing, ice hockey, snowboard and wheelchair curling.
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