Ukraine sent 23 athletes to the Paralympic Games in Sochi, Russia, but only one man participated in Friday's opening ceremony. That man, biathlete Mykhailo Tkachenko, was met with a thunderous ovation when his country's name was called during the parade and he entered the stadium.
Unlike athletes from other counties who marched with beaming smiles and waves to the crowd, Tkachenko completed the parade around Fisht Stadium with a solemn expression on his face.
...Ukraine decided at the last minute to participate in the Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi. Although the U.S. sent 80 athletes to the games, it refused to send presidential delegation.
As for Russia, its athletes chose "Goodbye America" as its entrance song for Friday's opening ceremony.
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