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Paralympic Games begin
The 2012 Summer Paralympic Games will be the fourteenth Paralympics and will take place Aug. 29-Sept. 9 in London, England
Unlike Olympic medals, the outside of the Paralympic medals have text written in English and braille.
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The word “paralympic” derives from the Greek preposition “para,” meaning beside or alongside, and the word “Olympic,” illustrating that the Paralympic Games are parallel to the Olympic Games. The two movements exist side-by-side.
Ceremonies Archery Athletics Boccia Cycling Road Cycling Track Equestrian ide Football 5-a-s ide Football 7-a-s Goalball Judo Powerlifting Rowing The motto for the 2012 Olympic and Sailing Paralympic Games Shooting is “Inspire a Swimming Generation.” Table Tennis ball Sitting Volley asketball The Wheelchair B Paralympic encing Wheelchair F Games are primarily for ugby Wheelchair R athletes with physical and ennis Wheelchair T visual impairments. This year, for the ﬁrst time in 12 years, intellectually disabled athletes will compete in swimming, table tennis and track and ﬁeld.
More than 2,100 medals will be awarded in 503 ceremonies Represents Heart of Victory. Texture is taken from copy of Nike of Paionios, Greek Goddess of Victory, statue in British Museum Suggests Paralympic motto of Spirit in Motion and features texture of outstretched wing of Nike Ribbons of regal purple in year of Queen Elizabeth’s diamond jubilee
Total Summer Paralympic medals won by country (top 10) Gold Silver Bronze Total Country United States 666 586 589 1,841 Great Britain 493 470 463 1,426 Germany 433 425 399 1,257 Canada 339 272 299 910 Australia 294 324 278 896 France 294 296 285 875 Netherlands 237 204 171 612 Poland 209 202 177 588 Spain 191 187 198 576 China 232 187 135 554 Canada has competed in 11 Summer Paralympic Games. 1984, Canada won its most medals at a Summer Paralymics, 238 — (87 gold, 82 silver, 69 bronze) 145 Canadian athletes and ranked third. will compete in 15 sports.
Sources: Graphic News; Wikipedia; london2012.com
Named after Stoke Mandeville Hospital, birthplace of Paralympic Games, ﬁrst held in 1948.
SUSAN BATSFORD, GRAPHICS EDITOR, TWITTER @SBATS1/QMI AGENCY