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Winter Paralympics Opening Ceremony takes place in Sochi



The 2014 Winter Paralympics officially opened last night in SochiRussia. The ceremony was attended by Russian Federation leader Vladmir Putin. 45 nations are competing, including ArgentinaKazakhstan, the United StatesMexicoArmeniaBrazil,Ukraine, and Russia. During the speech about values to be upheld during the Games, sexual orientation was mentioned. There were no direct mentions of the situation in the Crimea region of Ukraine, whose 31-athlete-strong delegation participated in the parade of nations with only their flag bearer. During a press conference earlier yesterday, the Ukrainian Paralympic Committee President said the team had two or three options they were considering for the Opening Ceremony.

2014 Opening 1.jpgThe United States team enters the arena.
Image: Laura Hale.

2014 Opening 2.jpgUkraine’s flag bearer enters the arena to a loud roar.
Image: Laura Hale.

2014 Opening 3.jpgUkraine’s flag bearer enters the arena to a loud roar.
Image: Laura Hale.
2014 Opening 4.jpgThe Argentinian and Kazakhstani delegations watch the opening ceremony following the parade of nations.
Image: Laura Hale.
2014 Opening 5.jpgValdmir Putin welcomes the athletes.
Image: Laura Hale.
2014 Opening 6.jpgThe Paralympic flag enters the arena.
Image: Laura Hale.
2014 Opening 7.jpgThe Paralympic flag is raised and the show continues.
Image: Laura Hale.


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Laura Hale
About Laura Hale (2569 Articles)
Laura Hale is a sport journalist, specializing in Paralympic and disability sport news. Prior to helping found ParaSport-News, she spent two and a half years working as a journalist on Wikinews, a citizen journalism site. As a journalist, she has covered the 2012 Summer Paralympics in London, the 2013 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships in La Molina, the 2014 Winter Paralympics in Sochi, and a number of other sporting events. She has additional experience with Paralympic sport having worked as a Wikipedian in Residence for the Australian and Spanish Paralympic Committees. She has a PhD in Communications from the University of Canberra.

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