The first Paralympics were held in Rome in 1960. However, the game history goes a long back but if were to consider the official participation of the Athletes, 1960 remains a milestone in the history of Paralympics. Earlier it remained solely for war veterans but with the passage of time, the game reached its current phase and became open to other athletes with impairments. In 1976, the games were first time televised in Canada and reached out to half a million audiences in Ontario, Canada. This marked the beginning of a new era that gave wings to the newly introduced movement.
Ragnhild Myklebust – skier
Paralympians inspire people with physical impairments and encourage them to live their life to the fullest. Ragnhild’s name is one such example. The Athlete suffers from polio but despite that Myklebust didn’t let it come in between his dreams. Ragnhild has the highest number of medals won by any athlete in Winter Paralympics. The Norweigan Skier has 22 gold, 3 silver, and 2 bronze from 1988 to 2002. He also has medals from other sports like cross-country and ice sled racing.
The Athlete is a shooter from Sweden. Despite being paralyzed from the waist down, the player has 17 gold, 4 silver and 9 Bronze medals in his account. He has competed in nine summer Paralympics and won his 16th gold medal in 2008.
Michael Edson is a name that merits respect in the world of Paralympics. Since the age of 14, Edgson has been contesting various competitions meant for disabled and abled bodies. He has nine world records in his basket and 18 gold medals in his career. Currently retired, Micahel also won the BC Disabled Athlete of the Year Award.
Franz Nietlispach :
Franz has quite a number of careers in Paralympics. 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. The Swiss athlete has 14 gold, 6 Silver and 1 bronze medal in Athletics. Apart from that, Franz occupies a political office in Switzerland. Adding to all the medals he has earned, Nietlispach has a bronze medal in cycling also.
David Lee Pearson – horse rider
The athlete’s career took a rise from 2002-2012 having won his 34 gold medals made him the player with the highest number of medals at the European Paralympic level. He has other titles to his name including Member of the order of the British Empire for services to disabled sport in 2001. The organization later promoted him for his unquestionable services to the sport.
Partyka was born without a right arm and has bagged 3 Gold, 1 silver and one Bronze medal. Natalia is the youngest Paralympian ever. Her debut in the Paralympics was in Sydney games in 2000.
Natalie du Toit:
Paralympians are not just athletes but symbols that inspire not the people with disabilities but for all people in general. The amount of hard work that a Paralympian puts into his game is comparable to none. From the day the games were introduced to the world, there’s been a positive change regarding its acceptability and enthusiasm that surrounds it. Furthermore, this year’s games will see the introduction of two new games on the final list of sports. Among the existing sports and 540 events, Taekwondo and Badminton will make its debut in the Paralympian games. Tokyo Games will be widely televised and the same can be caught on various internet channels also. According to the International Paralympic committee around 180,000 people have registered to be volunteers in the games. With so much fervor surrounding the Olympics, Paralympics will surely steal its share of audience from the big lot.