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Good afternoon!

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Ricky here with your final

Newsround update for today.

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And we're going all out

for the Winter Paralympics.

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It's set to be the largest staging

of the event, with a record

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567 athletes competing.

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Here are some of the highlights

from today's opening ceremony.

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And we're off! We start with dancers

performing a traditional dance.

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Recognise this lot? Paralympics GB

are in the house.

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After all the competing countries

enter, the stadium is taken over by

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kids, who are having a good old

party. And no party in South Korea

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is complete without kapok. -- kapok.

Here we go, the moment everybody has

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been waiting for. The Paralympic

flame is lit. Let the games begin!

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Looks amazing, doesn't it?

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Well, Kate Grey is in PyeongChang

for BBC Sport, and sent us this.

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It was less than two weeks ago that

the Olympics drew to a close in

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Pyeongchang and now it is the turn

of the Paralympics. The crowd was

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treated to a spectacular opening

ceremony of dancing, fireworks and

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snowboarding bears. Looking ahead

today one of the Paralympics

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tomorrow, there is plenty of British

interest. Millie Knight and Menna

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Fitzpatrick goal in the downhill.

They will be hot favourites for

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medals. Scott Meenagh will be going

in the Nordic skiing. The first time

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Britain have been represented in 20

years. The wheelchair curlings will

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begin their campaign. A lot to look

forward to.

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Team GB are taking part

in five sports at the games

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and have an ambitious target

to meet, aiming to scoop

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between six and 12 medals.

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Kate just mentioned one

of Britain s big medal hopefuls,

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visually impaired skier

Millie Knight.

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Before she headed to Pyeongchang,

we went to meet her.

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What is it like skiing visually

impaired?

I would say it is much

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easier that I can't ski. Brett skis

in front of me and we talk all the

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way down the mountain, what the

script snow is like, what Peter

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Rayner is like and I will say

whether we're going to quickly or

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too slowly.

I wear a bright orange

jacket and we are connected via

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headset. I can see what is coming

up, a change of to rain, a change in

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the course. Millie tells me if I'm

skiing too fast or too slow.

Is it

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true your mum was your first guide?

Yes, we won bronze, which was

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exciting. We got disqualified in the

others. But that's fine!

What

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happened to her?

My coach said I

needed someone more permanent. And

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faster!

When I went to such either was no

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pressure. I was going just to

compete, to see what it was like and

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have a fun time. But now it is very

different. Now it is very much more

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about my performance, getting

medals. There is a little bit more

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pressure.

How do you feel before a race?

Bread

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is better on the start gate than me.

He is very calm and relaxed. We talk

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through the course a lot.

I have to

make sure that Millie is OK. She

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goes quite quiet sometimes, which is

not good. She listens to the script.

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What message would you have for

other people who are visual -- with

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visual impairment?

Fernie, losing my

sight is the best thing that ever

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happened to me. I have got into

sport, which has built me as a

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person. I have more confidence

through skiing. I have made so many

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new friends and Bentiu amazing

places. But without sport I would

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not have done. Give sport a go.

Just try it.

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Of course, we'll be keeping you up

to date with all of the highlights

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from the games over

the next ten days.

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Head online now to see how some

of this year's medal hopefuls got

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on, when we tested their knowledge

of the history of the paralympics.

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That's all we've got time for today.

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Newsround's back in the morning.

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Enjoy your friday night.

Bye!

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