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Para athlete from Russia Yekaterina Rumyantseva won gold on Saturday in women's 6 km biathlon standing at the 2018 Winter Paralympic Games in South Korea's PyeongChang.

It is a turnaround from a year ago, when tensions soared as the North fired missiles that could reach the USA mainland and tested what it said was an H-bomb.In the stands of the Alpensia Biathlon Centre, spectators watching the North´s first Winter Paralympians welcomed their presence as a sign of improving ties, and said they hoped the rapprochement would last.

Three athletes have competed at every Winter Games since 2006: alpine skiers Laurie Stephens and Tyler Walker, and sled hockey goalie Steve Cash.

The South Korean city very recently hosted the latest edition of the Winter Olympics.

In addition, athletes from Russian Federation will also take part under the banner of "neutral Paralympic athletes" after their nation failed to satisfy the International Paralympic Committee over doping concerns.

Farkasova hailed her victory as "great, amazing", adding: "Hopefully we can inspire through our achievements and (show) others to strive and do their best". The 32-year-old competes with a sighted guide who helps her navigate the slope.

In the biathlon, the United States took gold and silver in the women's sit ski, with Kendall Gretsch coming first and Oksana Masters second.

American Daniel Cnossen, a former US Navy Seal, took gold in the men's sit ski.

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Laurie Stephens captured the bronze win women's sitting downhill skiing. Soon led the South Korean mixed wheelchair curling team to a bronze medal at the 2016 World Championships.

"We work just as hard as the Olympians", she said in an interview with the Salt Lake Tribune.

He did not give a reason but the North's athletes may not have been keen to march alongside a defector.

The opening ceremonies takes place beginning at 7 a.m.

Instead, a North Korean party of 18 representatives walked with their own flag to mark their first appearance at a Winter Paralympics, although there are only two athletes competing - both in cross-country skiing - with the rest of the group made up of officials.

That mirrors the situation from last month's Olympics.

Representatives from both countries earlier in the day held discussions on whether their respective delegations would take the symbolic act of walking into Pyeongchang Olympic Stadium together on Friday.

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