Sochi welcomes Winter Paralympics with fiery Opening Ceremony [VIDEO]

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The 11th Winter Paralympics kicked off in Sochi, Russia on Friday, ushering in nine days of competition by disabled athletes.

The games – the largest ever – will feature 547 athletes from 45 different countries in 72 different winter sport events.

Athletes are grouped into six different competitive categories: amputee, cerebral palsy, intellectual disability, wheelchair, visually impaired, and Les Autres (or “Others”).

The Paralympics began from a gathering of British World War II veterans in 1948, with the first official Paralympic Summer Games being held in Rome in 1960, while the first Winter Paralympics was held in Örnsköldsvik, Sweden in 1976. Ameera David hears from RT’s Lindsay France in Sochi about the Opening Ceremony.

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