Initially, it was exclusively for war veterans but over time, the game entered its current phase and became available to other disabled players. The games were the first broadcast in Canada in 1976 and hit half a million residents in Toronto, Canada. The televised events gave the movement new wings. In 1960 Rome hosted the first Paralympics. The game past goes back a long time too, but if the formal involvement of the participants were to be remembered, 1960 remains a benchmark in Paralympic culture.
Natalie du Toit:
At the age of 17, he won his first gold and then went on to win three gold medals at the Olympics in Beijing. The competitor from South Africa is no newcomer to none. As an infant, Natalie lost her legs because of the congenital defect. So far he has competed in the 2012 Summer Olympics in men’s 400 m and 4* 400 M. Besides that, the athlete won a case to compete in able-bodied competitions.
The athlete is a Swedish shooter. The man has 17 gold, 4 silver and 9 bronze medals in his record for being paralyzed from the waist down. He participated in nine summer Paralympics and in 2008, he won his 16th gold medal.
Ragnhild Myklebust – skier
Paralympians empower and motivate people with physical impairments to enjoy their life to the fullest. Another proof of that is the name of Ragnhild. The athlete is suffering from polio but notwithstanding that, Myklebust has not allowed it to come in between his dreams. Ragnhild holds the highest number of medals won in Winter Paralympics by any athlete. Between 1988 to 2002 the Norwegian Skier had 22 gold, 3 silver, and 2 bronze. He still carries awards from other disciplines such as cross country running and ice sled racing.
David Lee Pearson – horse rider
The success of the athlete has gone up from 2002-2012 since collecting his 34 gold medals, rendering him the participant with the largest number of medals won at the European Paralympic level(Watch This). His recognition involves a Member of the order of the British Empire for services to disabled sport in 2001. He was subsequently honored by the association for his undoubted contributions to the event.
Franz Nietlispach :
Franz has quite a number of careers in Paralympics and holds a political office in Switzerland. The Swiss athlete is in Athletics with 14 gold, 6 silver, and 1 bronze medal. Nietlispach also has a bronze medal in cycling, adding to all of the medals he has earned. He competed in Summer Paralympics from 1976 – 2008 acquiring a number of medals for his home country. In 1976 and 1980, he contested table tennis also.
Natalia Partyka and Michael Edgson
Born without the right arm, Partyka bagged three gold, one silver, and one bronze medals. Natalia is the youngest Paralympian ever to be seen. Her 2000 Paralympics debut was at the Sydney games. Michael Edson is a name worthy of consideration in the Paralympic world. Since the age of 14, Edgson has contested various contests designed for handicapped and able-bodied athletes. He has nine world records in basketball and 18 gold medals in his career. The BC Disabled Athlete of the Year Award, now retired, was also won by Micahel.
Paralympians are not just competitors but icons that empower not disabled people, but people in general. The amount of hard work a Paralympian brings into his performance is like none. There has been a positive change over its acceptability and excitement that follows it since the day the games were introduced to the world. For comparison, the tournaments for this year will see the inclusion of two new games on the final sports chart. Taekwondo and Badminton will make their Paralympic debut among the existing sports and 540 events. Tokyo Games will be broadly televised, and the same can also be caught on different internet channels. About 180,000 individuals have enrolled to be participants in the games according to the International Paralympic Committee. With so much fervor surrounding the Olympics, Paralympics are sure to steal from the big lot its share of the audience.