2018 Winter Paralympic Games Open in Pyeongchang

Athletes pass the Paralympics Torch during the Opening Ceremony for Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Paralympics at the Olympic Stadium in Pyeongchang, South Korea, March 9, 2018. OIS/IOC/Simon Burty/Handout via Reuters

The Olympic flame is extinguished, but that doesn’t mean that the Olympic spirit is gone from South Korea. On Friday, the 2018 Winter Paralympic Games kicked off with the Opening Ceremony, and so Pyeongchang’s hosting duties re-opened after the Winter Olympics concluded on Feb. 25. There are a few key difference between the Olympics and the Winter Olympics, so here’s a primer.

For starters, the Paralympics are only a week long. The dates this year are from March 9-March 18. Countries compete for 80 medals in these Winter Games, and there are six key categories.

Where 2,922 Olympians competed in the 2018 Winter Olympics, there are over 570 athletes expected to compete at the Paralympics. Forty-nine nations are participating in the Paralympics as opposed to 92. Nonetheless, it’s the most athletes to ever participate in the Paralympic Games. They’ll be competing in alpine skiing, biathlon, cross-country skiing, ice sledge hockey, snowboarding and wheelchair curling.

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SOURCE: CBS Sports, Kevin Skiver