Paralympic Games 2014- Sochi, Russia

I am really excited about the Paralympic Winter Games! I fell in love with the Paralympics in 2012 when London hosted the summer version, and I’m looking forward to the winter version.

It is hard to know what to write about this event without offending people, but there is something magical about seeing people who are already at a disadvantage in life, striving to be the best in their sports.

And of course the army of assistants required. It was moving and inspiring to see the able bodied working in partnership with the disabled- this happens far too rarely in life. 

I will never forget seeing an athlete with no arms being held up by an assistant at the start of a swimming race, then leaping into the water and swimming at top speed… and winning the race!

Yes, that is Vancouver, but of course the Paralympians haven’t won their medals yet in 2014 🙂

Have a look at the site: http://www.paralympic.org/sochi-2014/about-us

The article says:

The Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games will take place 7-16 March.

According to the Organising Committee Sochi 2014 has given Russia a unique chance to change for the better.

The top priority for Sochi 2014 is the creation of a barrier free environment in the host city ensuring that everything being constructed for the Games – transport, roads, sporting and public facilities – will be accessible, and act as a blueprint for the rest of Russia for future years.

Russian government has approved a new barrier free law and is taking unprecedented steps to improve the lives of people with an impairment in the country. More than 20 states are now involved in barrier free projects.

Sochi 2014 is integrating best practice from previous Paralympic Games into their efforts to deliver the most convenient Games ever.

To mark 1,000 days to go until the start of the Games the Organising Committee launched an innovative “Accessibility Map” with the main objective being to help people with an impairment in Russia find easily accessible locations where they can engage in Paralympic sports.

The map will also provide information about the elements that help create barrier-free environments in local areas such as ramps, hand rails and non-slip surfaces.

On hand to celebrate the landmark date were Ray of Light and Snowflake, the two mascots of the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games.

In preparation for the Games, the Sochi 2014 Organising Committee is also implementing a Paralympic Awareness Programme, which aims to promote the Paralympic values, and change how people with an impairment are perceived.

Sochi was elected as host city for the Games in July 2007 during the 119th International Olympic Committee (IOC) Session in Guatemala City, Guatemala.

Other candidate cities competing for the right to host the 2014 Games were Salzburg (Austria) and PyeongChang (Korea).

Here is the schedule: http://www.sochi2014.com/en

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