Missing the Olympics? Don’t worry the Paralympics are on their way!

 

468px-The_PyeongChang_2018_Paralympic_Winter_Games_Emblem.svgThe opening ceremony for the Paralympics is on Friday!! If it’s anything like the opening ceremony for last month’s Olympics we have a lot to look forward to! The games last from Friday 9th– Sunday 18th March with 80 Gold medals up for grabs. The winter games have been held every 4 years since 1976.

 

Sports of the Paralympics:

Alpine Skiing

Biathlon

Cross Country Skiing

Ice Sledge hockey

Snowboarding

Wheelchair Curling

 

Not as much as with the Winter Olympics, but all of these will be amazing to see!

 

What to expect:

Around 42 countries are expected to compete at these Games. Many of us can get a bit confused over the classification of athletes, but there are helpful links and videos out there per sport to explain the classifications.

In the Winter Olympics last month, Norway came out on top, with Germany hot on their heels, followed by the likes of Canada and America. Norway have done very well in all games they have participated in. They are number 1 on the Winter Paralympic nations with 315 medals (134 gold). They are followed by the likes of Germany and Austria, USA and Russia. So, expect Norway and Germany to come out well in these Paralympic games. South Korea impressed at their home games last month. With the extra funding being pumped into their sporting programmes, we might see some South Korean athletes doing well here at these games. Russia this year will be competing as Olympic Athletes from Russia, a neutral team rather than as Russian Federation. This follows the Winter Olympics last month.

 

UK

In Sochi 2014, ParalympicsGB had their most successful games, winning 6 medals. They will be hoping to match or improve on that this year! Wheelchair Curling is an area that team GB have exceled in the past few Paralympics, so hopefully they can get a medal once more! Our Winter Olympic team had a bit of a mixed bag, but managed to beat their most successful games, making it a positive for GB Sport. There was a decent amount of 4 and 5th places, so definitely something they can work on for Beijing 2022. Let’s see if our parathletes can build on the success of team GB and give ParalympicsGB their best haul of medals!

 

So, let’s rally once more in PyeongChang and support our athletes! Go ParalympicsGB