Welcome Ceremony Kicks Off Paralympic Winter Games In PyeongChang

By U.S. Paralympics | March 08, 2018, 4:42 a.m. (ET)

On March 8, Team USA was officially welcomed to the Paralympic Village with a ceremony celebrating unity, peace and Korean culture. With the Opening Ceremony the following day, members of the 74-athlete delegation were present to get the Games going. While they've been training hard since arriving in Korea, the athletes took some time to dance along to traditional Korean music alongside a group of b-boys and celebrate being at the Paralympic Winter Games.

 

Jake Adicoff, Nordic Skiing

“It feels pretty good to be here at the welcome ceremony. We’ve been here a few days training, so it’s nice to have an official welcome into the village. We all look forward to racing in a few more days.”

 

Stephanie Jallen, Alpine Skiing

“With all the anticipating building leading up to the Games, it’s really great to have it finally start. I feel like everything is setting in motion and the ceremony was a great jump start. I loved listening to the traditional Korean music and of course me and Danelle Umstead were the first ones out here dancing. We’re so proud of that and want to make the best out of this entire experience. What I learned in Sochi was it’s over before you know it and it doesn’t matter if you win or lose, this experience is like nothing else. The last thing I want to do is let it blow by and forget why I’m here.”

 

Joy Rondeau, Nordic Skiing

“It was really fun to see the culture and some of the dancing. I liked the singing a lot of the outfits were definitely one of my favorite parts.”

“It’s amazing to be around fellow athletes who are some of the best in the world. It’s really surreal that I’m here at my first Games.”

 

Jeremy Wagner, Nordic Skiing

“The welcome ceremony was really nice, it was really great. They had a single-leg amputee doing some break dancing, which that was really cool. Seeing the flags raised was really awesome.”