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Hi, Ayshah here with your

Friday morning Newsround.

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And it's a big day for sport fans,

the opening ceremony

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for the Winter Paralympics

in Pyeongchang is

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later this morning.

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Kate Grey is there for BBC Sport,

and she sent us this.

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Hello, Newsround,

welcome to Pyeongchang.

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It's the day of the opening

ceremony, which will see Owen Pick,

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a snowboarder, lead out

Great Britain as the flagbearer.

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He is one of three snowboarders

competing for Great Britain

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for the first time

at a Winter Paralympics.

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Now, elsewhere, there'll be

lots of medal chances

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in the Alpine skiing,

with Kelly Gallagher,

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Menna Fitzpatrick and Millie Knight,

who all have a visual impairment

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and will be guided down the mountain

- they have great chances of medals.

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And for the first time in 20 years,

Great Britain will be represented

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in the Nordic skiing,

and Scott Meenagh will be

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that representative,

competing in six out of eight days.

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And also we can't forget

the wheelchair curlers -

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they got a bronze in Sochi,

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they'll be hoping to better it

here in Pyeongchang.

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As Kate said, one of Britain's

biggest medal hopes

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is visually impaired

skier Millie knight.

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Four years ago, aged 15, she came

fifth at the Sochi Olympics,

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but this time around,

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she's told us she wants

to go one better.

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I'd say it's much easier

that I can't see.

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I ski with Brett, who skis

in front of me, and we talk

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all the way down the mountain,

you know, what the snow is like,

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what the terrain is like,

and then I'll say whether we're

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going too quickly or too slowly.

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The way it works is, we're attached

by a Bluetooth headset,

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and I wear a bright orange jacket,

which kind of stands out.

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I tell Millie everything I can see,

what's coming up,

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if there's a change of terrain,

change in the course,

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and Millie just feeds back

if I'm skiing too fast,

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too slow, if she can see me.

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Yeah, she was,

she was my first guide.

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We actually won a bronze,

which was really exciting,

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but we got disqualified

in all the others.

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But that is fine, we'll

concentrate on the bronze!

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My coach said that I needed

someone permanent.

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Slash faster!

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So when I went to Sochi,

there was no pressure at all,

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I was just going just to compete,

see what it's like,

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have a bit of a fun time.

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But now it's very different,

now it's very much more

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about my performance,

you know, getting medals

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is a little bit more pressure.

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Brett is normally much better

in the start gate than me,

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he's very calm and relaxed.

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We talk through the course a lot.

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I make sure Millie is OK,

because she goes quite quiet

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sometimes in the start gate.

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We now do this thing where,

because Millie is such a big

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Script fan, she stands in the start

and says, "I can be the greatest,

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I can be the best, I can be

the King Kong, banging on my chest."

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For me, losing my sight is the best

thing that ever happened to me.

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And you know, through that,

I've got into sport, which, again,

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totally has totally built me

as a person, you know.

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I have so much more confidence

through skiing, I've made so many

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new friends and been to amazing

places that really, you know,

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without sport, I wouldn't have done,

and I just say give any sport a go,

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it doesn't matter which sport

you do, just try it.

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Next up, it's Mother's

Day this Sunday,

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and we've been asking

the Newsround team about their mums.

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My mum is...

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A bit of a prankster!

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For such a small person,

my mum has the biggest heart.

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My mum is the most supportive person

you can ever imagine.

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What I really love about my mum

is that she's so positive,

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she will make you feel good

about yourself straight away,

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even when you're feeling

really down or low.

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She always thinks of others before

herself, and she will always make

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sure that you're looked after,

given the best guidance,

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and sent on your way -

probably with an amazing picnic

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in tow as well.

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She's always encouraged us to do

the best that we can,

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and be the best that we can be

at all times.

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And she taught me and my young

brother to be pretty respectful

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and nice human beings.

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Everything that I've ever done,

she's always been there for me,

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even every time I am

on telly, to this day,

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she'll text me and she'll say,

well done, you look great.

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She never says anything negative,

even if I think something

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has gone terribly, awfully wrong,

I look at my phone and there's

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a message from my mum

saying, you're amazing.

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I'm so proud to call my mum.

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Every day, I try to be as good

as her, and I think I fail,

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but she sets the bar pretty high.

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Your mum is that one person

who can lift your spirits,

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and my mum does it in so many

different ways from being really

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cheeky to throwing a few

pranks my way as well.

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She likes to do that

quite a bit too.

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I love you, Mum.

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Well, that's what we had to say

about the special women

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in our lives, but what about you?

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We'd love to hear about the women

who look after you and make you feel

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great, whether it's your mum,

stepmum, granny, or a

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carer or someone else.

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Go to Newsround online and tell us

what makes them so great.

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While you're there, you can find out

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why today's an important day

for your smartphone,

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plus don't miss this incredible

video of a nosey pair of penguins.

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So cute!

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That's all from us this morning.

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Ricky will be here at

4:20 this afternoon.

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A great day, we'll see you soon,

bye-bye.

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