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Last Updated: Friday March 12 2010 15:48 GMT

In pics: Paralympics begin in Vancouver

Paralympics Vancouver

The 10th Winter Paralympics began on Friday, and the opening ceremony celebrated disabled athletes past and present.

Paralympics Vancouver

The Paralympic Games are for athletes who have physical and visual disabilities, and they're designed to show off their athletic achievements, not to focus on their disability.

Paralympics Vancouver

The sports that are on the Winter Paralympic Games programme are alpine skiing, ice sledge hockey, Nordic skiing, biathlon, cross-country skiing and wheelchair curling.

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There are 12 members of the British team taking part in wheelchair curling and alpine skiing.

Paralympics Vancouver

Four years ago in Turin, Team GB's mixed wheelchair curling team won a silver medal and this year they aim to go one better.

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This is French athlete Yohann Taberlet, practicing his Men's Downhill Sitting.

Paralympics Vancouver

Here Matt Raasch-Sotinwa and Mick Brennan of the British Battle Back athletes collide during the Sledge Ice Hockey scrimmage!