The biggest ever Winter Paralympics were authoritatively opened at the Olympic Stadium in Pyeongchang, South Korea in freezing conditions. In these nine days of competition, a record of 567 athletes will take part. Snowboarder Owen Pick led the British team into the arena as flag bearer. A neutral Paralympic athlete’s team consisting of Russian competitors and 48 different nations entered the stadium. The stadium appeared to be about 66% full, and the crowd watched a ceremony consisting of traditional Korean dance, combined with modern music and blended with light shows. After the parade, flashes of colour were splashed and featured a young girl directing illuminated fish as they swam in the arena floor, joyful children on sledges and boats, giant snowmen and a skateboarding mascot. The best moment was a DJ was included on a large wooden wheel lifted into the air to the sound of K-pop, the modern genre of pop music famous in Korea. Andrew Parsons the International Paralympic Committee president welcomed the crowd by greeting them in Korean. South Korea president Moon Jae-in officially opened the Games to a backdrop of fireworks and introduced the raising of the Paralympic flag. The Paralympic cauldron was lit by Seo Soonseok of South Korea's men's wheelchair curling team, who had been handed the flame by silver medal-winning women's curling team member Kim EunJung.