Slovakia's Henrieta Farkasova, left, and guide Natalia Subrtova compete in the women's downhill, visually impaired, at the 2018 Winter Paralympics in Jeongseon, South Korea, Saturday, March 10, 2018. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)
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Slovakian skier Henrieta Farkasova won the first gold medal of the Pyeongchang Paralympics Saturday and the USA clinched a hat-trick of victories as sporting action got under away at Games marked by a rapid inter-Korean thaw.Russian athletes, competing under a neutral flag after a mass doping scandal, clinched two golds while France also won two.Slovakia's Farkasova was the first to take gold, skiing to victory in the women's vision-impaired downhill category, accompanied by her guide Natalia Subrtova.It was Farkasova's sixth Paralympic gold, and she hailed her victory as "great, amazing".The USA, who have the biggest team at the Paralympics with 69 athletes, got off to a good start, wining three golds, one silver and a bronze.
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