Paralympics games kick off in South Korea

Patmore won silver in the 200m in London despite falling at the finish line

The NPA refers to Russian para-athletes in PyeongChang as Russians were banned from competing under its national flag for the alleged state-sponsored doping scandal.

The president said the PyeongChang Winter Olympics will be declared a genuine success only when the PyeongChang Paralympics succeeds, adding a successful Paralympics will help create a attractive world where people with and without disabilities live harmoniously.

Ukraine, Canada, Germany, Slovakia, and Switzerland each won a gold on the first day to join the three winter sports powerhouses atop the medal table.

The US team, the biggest at the Winter Paralympics with 69 athletes, was at the head with unexpected victories of the biathlon combining skiing and shooting.

Laurie Stephens captured the bronze win women's sitting downhill skiing. Cnossen is a former Navy Seal who lost both legs in an explosion in Afghanistan.

Armstrong got his first goal late in the second, driving to the net and wiring a short-side shot up and over Swedish netminder Andreas Nejman to get Canada to an even dozen after 30 minutes.

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Arendz is the only Canadian in the standing category (11:50 p.m. ET).

Dixon danced in off the blue-line and went low with the left hand at 11:13, and Dominic Cozzolino (Mississauga, Ont.) found a loose puck in the slot just 18 seconds after that to send Canada to the dressing room up by seven. Marie and guide Jack Leitch won the first Canadian gold in the visually impaired downhill.

In ice hockey, the hosts beat Japan while in the second match, Canada thrashed Sweden by 17-0. Italy beat Norway 3-2 in the penalty shootout in a nerve-racking opening game.

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Canada will be in tough against an undefeated Chinese squad (5-0) but have a chance to right the ship against a struggling American team (1-4).

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