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Paralympics kick off to music and heart in Rio de Janeiro
The symbolic cauldron was lit by Brazilian swimmer and wheelchair user Clodoaldo Silva as rain fell.
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Wheelchair athlete Aaron Wheelz tears through a panel with the number zero, marking the start of the opening ceremony of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2016. (Photo Bob Martin/OIS/IOC via AP)
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Amputee Amy Purdy dances with a robot during the opening ceremony of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games at Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2016.(Photo Al Tielemans/OIS/IOC via AP)
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Dancers perform during the opening ceremony of the Rio 2016 Paralympic games at Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sept. 7, 2016. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)
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Members of the Brazil delegation enter the arena during the opening ceremony of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games at Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2016. (AP Photo/Mauro Pimentel)
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Artists perform during the opening ceremony of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games at Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2016. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)
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The delegation from Greece enters the stadium during the opening ceremony of the Rio Paralympic Games at Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2016. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)
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The United States delegation lead by flagbearer Allison Jones enters Maracana Stadium during the opening ceremony of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Wednesday, Sept, 7, 2016. (Photo Simon Bruty/OIS/IOC via AP)
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The Canada delegation enters Maracana Stadium during the opening ceremony of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2016. (Photo Al Tielemans/OIS/IOC via AP)
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Brazilian athlete Marcia Malsar falls as she carried the paralympic torch during the opening ceremony of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games at Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2016. After the fall she got up and finished her relay and handed off the torch. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)
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Arstists perform at the Opening Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2016. (Photo Bob Martin /OIS/IOC via AP)
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Artists dance in the rain at the end of the opening ceremony of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games at Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2016. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)
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Musicians perform during the opening ceremony of the Rio 2016 Paralympic games at Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2016. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)
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Artists perform during the opening ceremony of the Rio 2016 Paralympic games at Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2016. (Photo Bob Martin/ OIS/IOC via AP)
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Paralyzed children are brought in by their fathers to present the paralympic flag during the opening ceremony of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games at Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2016. (AP Photo/Mauro Pimentel)
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Wheelchair athlete Aaron Wheelz flies through a giant number zero signaling the opening ceremony of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games at Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sept. 7, 2016. (AP Photo/Mauro Pimentel)
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Colored lights illuminate the stadium during the opening ceremony of the Rio 2016 Paralympic games at Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2016. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)
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Artists perform during the opening ceremony for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2016. (Photo Simon Bruty/OIS/IOC via AP)
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Artists perform during the opening ceremony of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games at Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2016. (AP Photo/Mauro Pimentel)
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Brazilian athlete Clodoaldo da Silva lights the paralympic flame during the opening ceremony of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games at Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2016. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)
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The Paralympic Cauldron is lit at the Maracana Stadium during the opening ceremony of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2016. (Photo Thomas Lovelock/OIS/IOC via AP)
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Performers smile at the end of the opening ceremony of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games at Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2016. (AP Photo/Mauro Pimentel)
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Philip Craven president of International Paralympic Committee speaks during the opening ceremony of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games at Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2016. (AP Photo/Mauro Pimentel)
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Paralympics kick off to music and heart in Rio de Janeiro

The symbolic cauldron was lit by Brazilian swimmer and wheelchair user Clodoaldo Silva as rain fell.

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