S. Korea approves funding to cover NK's Paralympic bills

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Hundreds of athletes have descended on Pyeongchang, high in the snow-clad mountains of South Korea, for the Winter Paralympics.

At the last four Paralympic Winter Games, McKeever has won 13 medals in men's cross-country skiing and biathlon.

However, after "a day of amicable and positive discussions" in the Paralympic Village, the decision was made that there will be no repeat at Friday's ceremony.

Moon sought to use the February 9-25 Pyeongchang Winter Games to try to broker dialogue between Washington and Pyongyang in a bid to ease the nuclear standoff between them.

North Korea sent six athletes, in what will be its first participation in a winter paralympics of history, but only two of them, Ma Yu-chol and Kim Jong-hyon, will compete in the Nordic skiing events.

Although the joint march of the two Koreas will not happen, the KPC said it proposed to the IPC that representatives of the South and the North carry the Paralympic torch together for the relay during the opening ceremony. He is very well-deserving of this great honour, and will do the Canadian Paralympic Team proud as he leads us into the Opening Ceremony.

"The fact that (the North) will make its Winter Games debut here in South Korea I also believe is hugely significant".

"In my many years of racing as a professional I've learned it takes a few key components to be successful; Support from the people around you, a whole lot of Determination and the right Tools for the job", he said on the BioDapt website.

In 2008 Schultz suffered injuries in a snocross race that resulted in having his left leg amputated above the knee when the snowmobile he was riding landed on his leg. The banked slalom event, new to this year's Paralympics, will be held March 16.

He told CNN's Don Riddell: "The first time I wore it, I knew I was onto something good", adding that it took him just a week to develop the first prototype. "He has been a fantastic ambassador for Canadian sport on the global stage for so long and continues to show that our Paralympic athletes from Canada are some of the best in the world". The Russian question also hung over the Winter Olympics, where despite two "clean" Russians failing drugs tests, Russia's suspension was lifted by the International Olympic Committee three days after the closing ceremony.

"In 2006... I can honestly say it's a moment I will never forget", Nicholson said.