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Last Updated: Saturday March 11 2006 16:14 GMT

In pictures: The Winter Paralympics begin

The Turin 2006 Winter Paralympics opened on Friday with a spectacular ceremony in the Olympic stadium.

The Turin 2006 Winter Paralympics opened on Friday with a spectacular ceremony in the Olympic stadium

The Olympic torch was carried into the stadium and the flame was lit by a human chain of athletes representing all 39 countries taking part.

The Olympic torch was carried into the stadium and the flame was lit by a human chain of athletes representing all 39 countries taking part

Lots of dancers and acrobats performed during the opening ceremony.

Lots of dancers and acrobats performed during the opening ceremony

As hosts of the 2006 Turin Winter Paralympics, the Italian team were particularly proud to enter the Olympic stadium with their flags

As hosts of the 2006 Turin Winter Paralympics, the Italian team were particularly proud to enter the Olympic stadium with their flags

There will be 486 athletes competing in Turin - the five disciplines are alpine skiing, ice sledge hockey, Nordic skiing, biathlon and curling, which is making its Paralympic debut.

There will be 486 athletes competing in Turin - the five disciplines are alpine skiing, ice sledge hockey, Nordic skiing, biathlon and curling, which is making its Paralympic debut

The Olympic touch burns brightly to confirm the beginning of the Games. It is the ninth Winter Paralympic Games and 58 medals will be contested in five disciplines over nine days.

The Olympic touch burns brightly to confirm the beginning of the Games. It is the ninth Winter Paralympic Games and 58 medals will be contested in five disciplines over nine days

There was also a spectacular firework display in the Olympic stadium to celebrate the beginning of the Games!

There was also a spectacular firework display in the Olympic stadium to celebrate the beginning of the Games



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