The most mesmerizing photos from the 2018 Winter Paralympics

 

Athletes are back in Pyeongchang, South Korea as the 2018 Winter Paralympics are well underway.

The Winter Paralympics began on March 9 with a record 650 athletes competing for 80 gold medals in alpine skiing, biathlon, cross-country skiing, sledge hockey, snowboarding, and wheelchair curling.

To accommodate competitors who sit, stand, or are visually-impaired, there are three classifications within alpine skiing, cross-country skiing, and biathlon.

We've rounded up the most mesmerizing photos taken at the games, which come to a close on March 18, so far.

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Like the 2018 Winter Olympics, the Paralympics in Pyeongchang had an opening ceremony where no expense was spared.

 REUTERS/Paul Hanna 

The opening ceremony was held on March 9. There were fireworks, choreographed dance routines, and light sculptures.

 OIS/IOC/Simon Bruty/Handout via Reuters

There was also a 'Parade of Nations' where athletes from all participating nations entered the 35,000 capacity Pyeongchang Olympic Stadium and waved at the crowds.

REUTERS/Paul Hanna 

Competitions in the 2018 Winter Paralympics include snowboarding, wheelchair curling, and sledge hockey.

 REUTERS/Carl Recine

Regular ice hockey rules are applicable to sledge hockey. The only difference is that athletes in sledge hockey compete on a sled.

 OIS/IOC/Joel Marklund/Handout via REUTERS

Sledge hockey is fast and competitive as athletes hustle for the puck. Like ice hockey, it can get really chaotic.

REUTERS/Carl Recine

Haitao Du of China competed in the men's cross country 20km standing event at the Alpensia Biathlon Centre on day two.

 REUTERS/Carl Recine

Roman Rabl of Austria left a load of snow in his wake when he sped down the mountain in the men's Super-G sitting event on day four, March 13.

 (Photo by Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)

US athlete James Sides got some big air during a snowboard event at the Jeongseon Alpine Centre on March 12.

 (Photo by Moto Yoshimura/Getty Images)

The men's cross country sitting sprint on March 14 was a mad scramble to the finish line.

 REUTERS/Carl Recine

Hiraku Misawa of Japan sent the snow flying while competing in the men's standing downhill ski event.

 REUTERS/Paul Hanna

Ronny Persson of Sweden pushed the stone during a mixed wheelchair curling round session against the US.

 (Photo credit should read JUNG YEON-JE/AFP/Getty Images)

Wheelchair curling is a popular spectator sport at the 2018 Winter Paralympics, especially when all four sheets (lanes) are occupied.

 OIS/IOC/Thomas Lovelock/Handout via REUTERS

Visually-impaired skiers are accompanied by guides who chaperone them down the mountain at a great pace.

(Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

There is a great camaraderie between skiers and guides and they celebrate when they cross the finish line together.

(Photo by Vladimir Smirnov\TASS via Getty Images)

Like the Winter Olympics, wipeouts are commonplace at the 2018 Paralympics. Here, Josip Zima of Croatia fell during the men's cross country sprint sitting event.

(Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images)

Italian skier Rene de Silvestro crashed during the men's slalom, but course officials were nearby to lend a hand.

 REUTERS/Paul Hanna

German skier Georg Kreiter received medical care after a fall on Wednesday. He was hospitalised and treated for a broken collarbone.

 (Photo by Naomi Baker/Getty Images)

Australian snowboarder Simon Patmore basked in the glory of his gold medal-winning run on Monday and was soon accompanied by teammate Bud Tudhope (left), who wanted to help celebrate his success.

 REUTERS/Paul Hanna 

Women's giant slalom athlete Maria Bochet held her skis aloft having done enough to win gold. Bochet is France's most decorated Winter Paralympic athlete ever.

REUTERS/Paul Hanna

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