2018 Winter Paralympics

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The PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games Emblem.
The PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games Emblem.

The 2018 Winter Paralympics were held between 9 and 18 March 2018 in Pyeongchang, South Korea. They are the 12th edition of the Games. The IOC chose South Korea as the host nation at the IOC Congress in Durban on 6 July 2011.

Participants[change | change source]

Around 550 people from 42 countries are expected to participate in the 2018 Games.[1] Four countries gone to their first Winter Paralympics. They are Pakistan, Georgia, North Korea and Tajikstan.[2][3][4][5][6]

Just like at the Olympics which happened the month before, there are no athletes from Russia taking part in the Paralympics under their country's name because the IOC found out many of them had been doping. Those who were not caught could compete as an "Olympic Athlete from Russia".[7]

Sports[change | change source]

Six sports were at the 2018 Winter Paralympics.[8][9] Between them, they will award 80 medals.[8][10] Unlike the 2014 Winter Paralympics, para-snowboarding is not included with para-alpine skiing at the 2018 Games. The sport is giving 10 medals in 2018. In 2014, it only gave 2.[8][11] These medals will be fought for by around 670 people, 24% more than competed at the Sochi Games.[10][12]

In mid-2015, the International Paralympic Committee made the last list for medal events at the 2018 Winter Paralympics.[13]

Venues[change | change source]

Competition takes place in two main areas. They are the mountain area and the coastal area. [8][9]

Mountain area:

Coastal area:

Calendar[change | change source]

The Calendar of Paralympic Winter Games 2018 is below. Blue boxes show group play and round robin play. Yellow boxes show when there are races where medals are awarded. The number shows the number of medals awarded that day.[14][15]

 ●  Opening Ceremonies      Group Play      Finals  ●  Closing Ceremonies
Mas 2018  9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 Total medals
Opening Ceremony
Closing ceremonies
Alpine Skiing 6 6 6 3 3 3 3 30
Biathlon 6 6 6 18
Cross Country Skiing 2 4 6 6 2 20
Sledge Hockey 1 1
Snowboarding 5 5 10
Wheelchair Curling 1 1
Totalt 12 8 9 12 9 3 11 10 6 80

Ticket sales[change | change source]

There was little interest in the Paralympics in South Korea. Two weeks before the Games started, less than 10% of the available tickets were sold. A sledge hockey game was held to get people interested the Games. Almost no one attended.[16]

References[change | change source]

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  2. "Insha Afsar - Disabled Sports USA". Disabled Sports USA. Retrieved 4 March 2018.
  3. Correspondent, Sana Jamal, (22 February 2018). "Pakistani teenage amputee aims for 2018 Winter Paralympics". GulfNews. Retrieved 4 March 2018.
  4. "Girl who lost a leg in an earthquake 11 years ago, aims to be a one-legged skier champion at the 2018 winter paralympics!". NTD.TV. 26 February 2018. Retrieved 4 March 2018.
  5. "PyeongChang 2018: 10 things to know". www.paralympic.org. Retrieved 2018-02-13.
  6. Desk, India.com Sports (26 February 2018). "PyeongChang to Host Largest Winter Paralympics in March". India.com. Retrieved 28 February 2018.
  7. Ruiz, Rebecca R. (2018). "Russia Is Banned From Paralympics, Again, for Doping". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2018-03-15.
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 8.5 8.6 8.7 "2018 PyeongChang Paralympic Winter Games: What you need to know". NBC Olympics. Retrieved 17 February 2018.
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 9.4 9.5 "Kort beskrivelse av konseptet olympiske og paralympiske vinterleker 2018 i Trondheim". NTFK. Retrieved 17 February 2018.
  10. 10.0 10.1 "2018 Paralympic Games -". Ski & Snowboard Australia - revolutioniseSPORT. Retrieved 17 February 2018.
  11. "Österreich Journal". Australian Paralympic Committee. Retrieved 17 February 2018.
  12. "Պարալիմպիկ ձմեռային խաղերում Հայաստանն ունի 1 մասնակից". lurer.com (in Armenian). Retrieved 17 February 2018.
  13. "300 dni do rozpoczęcia igrzysk paraolimpijskich w Pjongczangu! « Igrzyska24.pl". Igrzyska24.pl (in Polish). Retrieved 20 February 2018.
  14. "Individual Tickets Paralympic Games". CoSport. Retrieved 17 February 2018.
  15. "Paralympics Pyeongchang 2018 - Program". Langrenn (in Norwegian). Retrieved 17 February 2018.
  16. "В Сеул се проведе демонстративен мач по хокей на лед за хора с увреждания, който бе организиран като реклама на предстоящите зимни параолимпийски игри, които ще са в Пьонгчанг от 8 до 19 март. Към момента обаче липсва почти всякакъв зрителски интерес, като са закупени под 10% от билетите за състезанията". SEGA Online (in Bulgarian). Retrieved 28 February 2018.