Paralympics By Numbers

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Tomorrow I move to the Paralympic Village! I cannot believe it is finally here! For those of you wondering about the scope and scale of the Paralympic Games, here are two great figures to paint the picture. The first one is specific to the Paralympic Games.

2012 London Summer Paralympics in numbers

If you are wondering how the Paralympic Games compares to the Olympic Games, check out this one too!

Olympics infographci

With that, I am 1 of 58 members of the US Paralympic Track & Field Team. 1 of 19 women. 1 of 227 U.S. athletes across all the Paralympic sports. I am a proud member of Team USA.

Other fun facts:

  • There are 15 countries making their Paralympic Games debut.
  • U.S. swimmer Trischa Zorn is considered the most
    successful athlete in Paralympic history. From 1980 to
    2004 she won 55 medals, of which 41 are gold.
  • Sport for athletes with an impairment has existed for
    more than 100 years, and the first sport clubs for the
    deaf were already in existence in 1888 in Berlin.
  • London is symbolic because it is considered the birthplace of the Paralympic Movement dating back to 1948 with the Stoke Mandeville Games
  • The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) was
    founded as an international non-profit organization in
    Dusseldorf, Germany on September 22, 1989
  • U.S. Paralympics was formed in 2001
  • U.S. Medal Count: U.S. has 514 medals more than
    any other nation
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