Paralympic Games

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A woman sitting on sit-skis, she is pushing herself with two poles
Olena Iurkovska of Ukraine competing on cross-country sit-skis at the 2010 Winter Paralympics.

The Paralympic Games are a multi-sport event for athletes with physical and visual disabilities. This includes athletes with mobility disabilities, amputations, blindness, and cerebral palsy. The Paralympic Games are held every four years, following the Olympic Games.


  • Our Paralympic team is better than our Olympic team.
    • Ahmed Abid Hassan, an Iraqi wheelchairfencing coach, on the country's high number of disabled athletes; many are war veterans
    • Time magazine, Jul. 14 2008, p. 14.

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