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Gallery: Paralympics opening ceremony

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A Choir performs the arena during the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games at Fisht Olympic Stadium on March 7, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. Ian Walton/Getty Images
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Vladimir Putin the President of Russia performs a 'toast' prior to the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games at Fisht Olympic Stadium on March 7, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. Ian Walton/Getty Images
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Flagbears prepare to raise the Russian flag during the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games at Fisht Olympic Stadium on March 7, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. Dennis Grombkowski/Getty Images
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An athlete representing Ukraine enters the arena during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Paralympics at the Fisht Olympic stadium in Sochi, Russia, Friday, March 7, 2014. AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky
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The Russian flag flies as performers participate in the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Paralympics at the Fisht Olympic stadium in Sochi, Russia, Friday, March 7, 2014. AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin
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Ballet dancers perform during the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games at Fisht Olympic Stadium on March 7, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. Dennis Grombkowski/Getty Images
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Hockey player Seung-Hwan Jung of South Korea during the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games at Fisht Olympic Stadium on March 7, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. Hannah Peters/Getty Images
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Artists in the colours of Russia perform qt the Fisht Olympic Stadium during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Paralympic Games in the Black Sea resort of Sochi on March 7, 2014. Getty Images
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Artists perform in the Fisht Olympic Stadium during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Paralympic Games in the Black Sea resort of Sochi on March 7, 2014. Getty Images
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Young dancers perform in the Fisht Olympic Stadium during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Paralympic Games in the Black Sea resort of Sochi on March 7, 2014. Getty Images

The 2014 Winter Paralympics officially kicked off Friday in a lavish ceremony that included an appearance by Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Wheelchair curler Sonja Gaudet acted as Canada’s flag-bearer for the opening ceremony.

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Canada won 19 medals at the Vancouver Paralympics four years ago.

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On Twitter, Canadian Paralympian gold medallist and ice sledge hockey and basketball player Billy Bridges shared a photo of Team Canada at Sochi:

Despite Russia’s military moves in Crimea, Ukraine will compete in the Games. The country made the announcement shortly before today’s opening ceremony.

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