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Princess Märtha Louise attends Opening Ceremony of the Paralympics

Princess Märtha Louise is in Pyeongchang, South Korea for the Paralympic Winter Games, and attended the Opening Ceremony on Friday evening.

Princess Märtha Louise will be in South Korea through Monday, cheering on the Norwegian team in a variety of disciplines: 7.5km skating, men’s Super G, women’s 12km Cross Country skiing, paracurling, and a sledge hockey match between Norway and Canada.

Ahead of the Paralympics Opening Ceremony, Princess Märtha Louise attend a reception hosted by South Korean President Moon Jae-in.

The Princess has been actively sharing photos on her Instagram channel – @martha_louise123 – including a video of herself cheering for Team Norway as they entered the stadium at the Opening Ceremony.


Cheering for Norway. #paralympics2018

A post shared by Märtha Louise (@martha_louise123) on

She also shared a photo of herself after receiving her credentials, saying “Accredited and ready for cheering action.”

Cross-country skier Birgit Skarstein led the Norwegian delegation into the stadium last night.

There are 32 athletes on the Norwegian team, and they will compete in six disciplines: alpine skiing, cross-country skiing, skiing, wheelchair riding, toboggan hockey, and snowboarding.

Princess Märtha Louise had to cancel her attendance at the Sochi Paralympics in 2014 due to the escalating tensions between Russia and Ukraine. She was urged to cancel her trip by the government. The Princess attended the Paralympics in London in 2012.

Crown Prince Haakon visited Pyeongchang last month for several days of events and to cheer on the Norwegian team.

Norway was at the top of the medal table last month during the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, earning 14 gold, 14 silver and 11 bronze medals for a total of 39 medals. The team’s closest competitor was Team Germany, who earned 31 medals.

Norway has hosted the Olympics twice in the past: in Oslo in 1952, and in Lillehammer in 1994. In total, Norway has won the most medals at all the Olympics combined, with 368 medals. The United States is second, with 305 medals.

Princess Margriet of the Netherlands is also in Pyeongchang for the Paralympic Games and will attend para-alpine skiing, para-snowboarding, and para-ice hockey events.


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