Thursday, February 18, 2010

An Overview of the 2010 Paralympic Games

Are you looking for information about the Paralympic games? You are not going to find too much as in many countries the coverage is sparce. According to Rick Hansen, the media could be doing more to raising the profile of the Paralympic games. This article gives an overview of the Paralympic Games together with a Schedule of Live Coverage of the major events of the Paralympic Games.

A brief summary: The 2010 Paralympic games will be in Vancouver and Whistler, from 12-21 March 2010. There are only 5 sports in the winter games. Alpine skiing, Biathlon, Cross-country skiing, Wheelchair curling and Sledge hockey (called SLED HOCKEY in the USA). However, some of those events are actually broken into sub events. For example, Biathalon is actually 12 events, because it is divided into different events.

* There are standing, sitting and visually impaired participants, depending on type of disability.
* There are individual and pursuit events
* There are events for men and women.

Of the five events, sledge hockey may be the most popular. According to this discussion of the Paralympic Games, the gold medal ice sledge hockey game is already sold out! Why is the sledge hockey sport so popular?? Probably because it is fast paced and full contact. Sledge hockey is basically like ice hockey except the participants sit on a sledge.

The video below features various members of Team Canada explaining some of the details about Sledge Hockey.

You you will feel the excitement of this action packed game.