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10 interesting Facts about Paralympics

10 interesting Facts about Paralympics

1 : Paralympic started in 1948
The first-ever Paralympics Games were held in London in 1948, Organized as a sports event for British soldiers injured in World War II. The first games were called 1948 International Wheelchair Games. The Paralympics are the second largest sports competition in the world, after the Olympics.

2 : History
After 1948 the game was held again at the same location in 1952, and Dutch veterans took part alongside the British, making it the first international competition of its kind. The first official Paralympic Games, no longer open solely to war veterans, was held in ROME in 1960.
The first official Paralympic Games, no longer open solely to war veterans, was held in ROME in 1960. 400 athletes from 23 countries competed in the 1960 games. The 1976 Paralympic games held with the inclusion of more disability classifications. The summer games expanded to 1600 athletes from 40 countries. The first winter Paralympic Games were held in 1976 in Ornskoldsvik, Sweden.

3 : The LOGO
The prefix 'para' means 'alongside', illustrating that the Paralympic Games and Olympic Games exist side by side. The symbol of the Paralympic Games is composed of three 'Agitos', colored red, blue, and green, encircling a single point, on a white field The colors of the Agitos with white back ground stand for the three colors that are most widely represented in national flags around the world. The three Agitos encircle a center point, to emphasize 'The role that the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has of bringing athletes from all corners of the world together.

4 : 2016 Paralympic Games
The 2016 Paralympic Games will see more than 4350 athletes, 1650 of whom are women. They include athletes with spinal cord injuries, amputated limbs, blindness or other visual impairments, cerebral palsy, mental handicap and various other disabilities, including multiple sclerosis and dwarfism.

5 : 176 countries
Athletes from 176 countries are participating and compete in 528 medal events. The 2008 Paralympics saw 279 world records broken. 339 Paralympic records and 279 world records were broken.

6 : Goal ball and Bocci
23 sports at the Paralympic Games, only 2 are NOT competing in at the Olympic Games. The Goal ball and Bocci.

7 : Trischa Zorn - 55 medals
Trischa Zorn of the United States is the most decorated Paralympian in history. She competed in the blind swimming events and won a total of 55 medals, 41 of which are GOLD. Her Paralympic career spanned 24 years from 1980 to 2004

8 : Ragnhild Myklebust - Winter Paralympic Games
Ragnhild Myklebust of Norway holds the record for the most medals ever won at the Winter Paralympic Games. Competing in a variety of events in 1988, 1992, 1994 and 2002, she won a total of 22 medals, of which 17 were gold. After winning five gold medals at the 2002 Games she retired at the age of 58.

9 : Swimmer Josef Craig - Banned from Race
Swimmer Josef Craig was banned from a race for having a tattoo of the Olympic rings. According to the organizers his Olympic tattoo breached advertising rules. Advertising is not allowed whatever it may be, including the Olympic rings.