Vladimir Putin opened the XI Paralympic Winter Games

At the XI Paralympic Winter Games opening ceremony. Vladimir Putin opened the XI Paralympic Winter Games.

At the XI Paralympic Winter Games opening ceremony. Vladimir Putin opened the XI Paralympic Winter Games.

Head of the Sochi 2014 Steering Committee Dmitry Chernyshenko and International Paralympic Committee President Philip Craven made welcome speeches to participants and guests at the opening ceremony.

The XI Paralympic Winter Games will be held in Sochi from March 7 to 16. Over 1,600 athletes and team members from 45 nations will be participating, and 72 sets of medals will be awarded. For the first time, Russians will perform in all five Paralympic sports. The Russian national team has 69 athletes. Thirty-two of these athletes will be participating in the cross-country skiing and biathlon events, 12 in alpine skiing, three in wheelchair curling, and 17 in ice sledge hockey.

Russian national team at the XI Paralympic Winter Games opening ceremony.

Russian national team at the XI Paralympic Winter Games opening ceremony.

XI Paralympic Winter Games opening ceremony.

XI Paralympic Winter Games opening ceremony.

President of Russia.

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