5 things you didn’t know about Paralympics

After the Winter Olympics, South Korea is all set to welcome the Winter Paralympic 2018. This year will mark the 23rd Winter Olympics and the 12th Winter Paralympic.

570 athletes from 48 countries are going to compete in 80 medal events across six Winter Paralympic sports like alpine skiing, biathlon, cross-country skiing, ice sledge, hockey, snowboarding, and wheelchair curling. The Winter Paralympics will happen from 9th to 18th March.

About 570 athletes from 48 nations will compete in 80 medal events across six Winter Paralympic sports — alpine skiing, biathlon, cross-country skiing, ice sledge hockey, snowboarding and wheelchair curling — from March 9-18.

Now that the important pieces on information of the Winter Paralympic 2018 have been shred, did you when Paralympics began? Here are some facts about Paralympics that you should know about

  1. Before Paralympics became official, para-athletes competed in the Olympics. Ray Ewry, a para-athlete who became disabled because of polio won eight gold medals in the 1900, 1904, and 1908 Olympics.

2. The Paralympic Movement began in 1948 after Dr. Ludwig Guttman as a form of rehabilitation introduced sports to WWII soldiers to cope with their injury/disability. He organized the first competitions in competitions in wheelchair sport and the first event in archery at Stoke Mandeville on the same day as the opening of the Summer Olympics in London.

3. The first Paralympics Games were first held in 1960 in the same city as the Summer Olympics Games, in Rome. Over 400 athletes with spinal cord injuries competed. Ever since, the summer Paralympics, just like Summer Olympic Games was organized on a four-year basis.

4. The term Paralympics combines the Latin word para (“next to”) with the word Olympics because the games happen alongside the Summer and Winter Olympics.

5. Goalball is designed for those with visual impairments, and in order to play athletes must wear an eyeshade (to ensure even those who can partially see are playing in the dark), so they rely on their tactile and auditory senses to score goals.

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