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Paralympics: 9 Things to Know About Pyeongchang Games

Paralympics: 9 Things to Know About Pyeongchang Games

Mike Schultz of the U.S. carries the national flag during the opening ceremony of the 2018 Winter Paralympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, on March 9, 2018. (Carl Recine/Reuters)

By    |   Friday, 09 March 2018 04:44 PM

The Paralympics kicked off Friday with an opening ceremony in Pyeongchang, South Korea, with a record number of athletes set to compete, BBC Sport reported.

Here are nine things to know about the Paralympics.

1. The games take place from March 9-18 in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

2. About 570 athletes from 48 countries are competing 80 medal events at the Paralympics.

3. Six sports will be represented, and 80 medal events will be included in the games. The sports are alpine skiing, biathlon, cross-country skiing, ice sledge hockey, snowboarding and wheelchair curling, CNN reported.

4. North Korea is sending its first-ever Paralympic team this year.

5. Russia will compete in the Paralympics as "neutral" athletes as they did at the Olympics as a result of doping allegations, CNN reported. At the Sochi Paralympics four years ago, Russia had more than twice as many athletes competing and won 80 medals in the games.

6. South Korea didn't win a medal in the last two Paralympics, but hopes to medal in sled hockey after winning bronze at the 2017 world championships behind Canada and the U.S., USA Today reported.

7. The U.S. has the largest Paralympic team with 74 athletes, including six guides for visually impaired athletes, USA Today reported. U.S. athletes to watch include snowboarder Amy Purdy, who won bronze at the 2014 Sochi Games, according to a list of 15 American athletes to watch compiled by USA Today.

8. NBC will televise 94 hours of events and will offer other coverage online at NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app for a total of over 250 hours of coverage.

9. NBC will air a highlight show of the Paralympics on its main channel at 1 p.m. on March 24 in case you miss anything or want to see an overview of the events, USA Today reported.

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