Belarus has 4 medals at 2018 Winter Paralympics

Ruben Hill
March 12, 2018

Pyeongchang: The United States on Saturday got off to a good start on the opening day of the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games, topping the medals tally with three gold, one silver and one bronze medals. Slovakia's Henrieta Farkasova won the first gold medal of the PyeongChang Winter Paralympics in the women's vision impaired downhill event.

Ukraine participated in the Paralympic Games for the first time in 1996 and hasn't missed a single competition since then. Those are para-alpine skiing, para-biathlon, para-cross-country skiing, para-ice hockey, para-snowboarding and wheelchair curling. France won a gold medal in the men's 7.5km standing, while Ukraine dominated the vision impaired biathlon event with a gold and a bronze in the men's 7.5km.

For this round of the winter Paralympics, three Caspian region countries have sent athletes to PyeongChang, namely Iran, Kazakhstan and Russian Federation.

The Queenslander has also entered a rare club, becoming the first man and the second person to win a medal at both summer and winter Paralympics. This is Yarovyi's second Paralympic Games and his fourth medal. It follows the doping scandal that broke out in 2016, when Canadian lawyer Richard McLaren claimed in his report that a total of 35 Russian Paralympic drug tests had "disappeared" over a four-year period. There are 80 medals set to be awarded to the 670 athletes in attendance over the course of the competition, according to Google.

He becomes the fifth Australian athlete - after Michael Milton (six gold medals), Bart Bunting and his guide Nathan Chilvers (two), Michael Norton (two) and James Patterson (one) - to win a Winter Paralympic title. Representatives of 49 countries are fighting for the podium.

The doodle featured the six winter sports of the Paralympic Games.

"We're planning to join the 2022 Winter Paralympic Games with at least one athlete", Azerbaijan Paralympic Federation Secretary-General Kamal Mammadov told Caspian News.

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