Katie's Diary

Winter Paralympic Games 2014

7th February 2014

Today the 2014 Winter Olympics officially started and in just one month, on the 7th of March, the Paralympic Games will kick-off. 

This years Winter Olympic Games: The Sochi 2014 Games, are set to be the biggest ever with Russia spending an unprecedented US $50+ billion on the events, compared to $15B spent on London in 2012 and Beijing's $43B in 2008.

Sochi is also set to award a record number of medals for the Winter Games: 98 medal sets in 7 sports and 15 disciplines. Over 2,500 athletes representing 90 different countries will be competiting for medals this year.

As more countires than ever will take part in the competitions, a team of over 60,000 staff and volunteers will help to accommodate over 600,000 guests over the 18 days of Games.

Dive down to find out how this years games are helping to change Russia's attitude to disability.

Swim

Whether your into wheelchair curling, ice sledge hockey or biathlon; if you gasp at rough cross-country skiing or beautiful alpine skiing head over to the Sochi 2014 website for more information on event times, photographs and news: sochi2014

All the althletes competing from across the world are an inspiration, but it is especially encouraging to see so many Paralympic althletes representing their country. Let's all get behind them!

Dive

Back in 1980, the USSR organized the Summer Olympic Games in Moscow. However, they refused to organize a Paralympic Games as Russia didn't build venues that were accessible to the disabled because they believed it was not in their culture.

Since the USSR collapse, Russia has attended every Paralympics with more and more success.

With over 143 million residents and being the largest country (geographically) in the world, an better awareness of universal accessibility is a very important to the progress of Russia.

The hosting of this years' Paralympics represents a major paradigm shift among Russia and it's people as they look to promote social inclusion of people with disabilities throughout the country.

Swim on to see more about the schedule for Paralympic events.

Winter Paralympic Games 2014

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