The 2018 Paralympic Games Have Officially Begun

The focus is back on Pyeonchang with the start of the 2018 Winter Paralympic Games this morning. This year's games is the largest to date - with a record 567 athletes from 48 nations (and the Neutral Paralympic Athletes of Russia) competing over the next nine days. The first Winter Paralympic Games took place in 1976, with only 198 participating athletes.

The games kicked off with a colorful opening ceremony at the Olympic Stadium, where athletes proudly walked out in -5 degrees celsius to represent their countries. Three countries make their Paralympic debut - North Korea and Georgia with two athletes and Tajikistan with one. The United States has the largest amount of athletes in the competition, with 52 athletes participating.

The Paralympic athletes will be competing for 80 medals in six sports: alpine skiing, biathlon, cross-country skiing, Para ice hockey, snowboarding and wheelchair curling. Events will begin on Saturday in Pyeonchang with alpine skiing, biathlon, wheelchair curling and Para ice hockey, with 36 medals to be earned.

For more on this years Winter Paralympic Games, follow the link below:

https://www.nbcolympics.com/news/2018-winter-paralympics-live-stream-schedule