All about the upcoming PyeongChang Paralympics

<Image (EPA/CHRISTIAN BRUNA) President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Thomas Bach (C) and Lee Hee-beom (R), President and CEO of the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, pose with athletes during the Closing Ceremony of the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Games, Pyeongchang county, South Korea, 25 February 2018.>

The PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games have come to a close after 17 days of heated competition on the ice and snow.

The global athletic festival drew its final curtain with the Closing Ceremony held at the PyeongChang Olympic Stadium on Feb. 25.

Now, the PyeongChang Paralympics are yet to happen, and they promise to deliver even more ice- and snow-filled drama in South Korea.

When are the PyeongChang paralympics?

The PyeongChang Paralympics will take place in South Korea in March, kicking off with an opening ceremony of their own on Friday, March 9 and running through Sunday, March 18 of this year, making use of many of the same facilities and mountain setups that have hosted the Olympics as well. This is the first time in 30 years that the Paralympics have taken place in South Korea, following Seoul’s hosting back in 1988. Like in the Olympics, the opening and closing ceremonies and snow sports will happen in PyeongChang, alpine skiing will go on in Jeongseon, and all ice sports head to the coastal city of Gangneung.

What is the official mascot of the 2018 Paralympics?

Paralympians will be represented by Bandabi, an Asiatic black bear, who is the official mascot of the 2018 Winter Paralympics. Mascots are a traditional part of all Olympic Games: this year’s mascot for the February events in PyeongChang is Soohorang the white tiger. Asian black bears are native to parts of the Himalayas, China, Korea, Russia, Japan and India, and are classified as a vulnerable species. They have distinctive markings: all black fur with a white patch on the chest and chin. Bandabi is “symbolic of strong will and courage,” according to the Paralympic site, with his name combining Korean-language references to the white markings on his chest and to the celebration of the Games themselves.

What are the Paralympic sports?

Six sports are played in the Paralympic Games: para alpine skiing, para biathlon, para cross-country skiing, para ice hockey, para snowboard and wheelchair curling. Events include all the usual suspects, from the many variations of downhill and slalom skiing to snowboard cross and more.

Which Australian athletes will compete in the Paralympic Games?

The Australian Paralympic Committee (APC) has selected 13 athletes who will hunt for Australia’s first Paralympic Winter gold medal since 2002 at the PyeongChang 2018 Games beginning on March 9.

Co-captained by World Champion and two-time Paralympian Mitchell Gourley (Para-alpine skiing) and double IPC Crystal Globe holder Joany Badenhorst (Para-snowboard), the Australian Team will comprise of four Para-snowboarders, seven Para-alpine skiers plus two sighted guides.

Which country won the most medals in the 2016 Rio Paralympics?

In 2016’s Summer Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, China came out on top of the medal count, with 107 golds, 81 silvers and 51 bronzes. China was followed by Great Britain, the Ukraine, and the U.S. in fourth place, with 40 gold medals, 44 silver and 31 bronze. In Sochi’s Paralympics in 2014, there were fewer winter events so the medal tallies are, by default, lower.

Russia dominated with 30 gold medals, 28 silvers and 22 bronzes, followed by Germany, Canada, and the Ukraine. The U.S. came in eighth place, with two gold medals

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