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The Paralympic Games is a major international multi-sport event involving athletes with a range of disabilities, including impaired muscle power (e.g. paraplegia and quadriplegia, muscular dystrophy, post-polio syndrome, spina bifida), impaired passive range of movement, limb deficiency (e.g. amputation or dysmelia), leg length difference, short stature, hypertonia, ataxia, athetosis, vision impairment and intellectual impairment. There are Winter and Summer Paralympic Games, which since the 1988 Summer Games in Seoul, South Korea, are held almost immediately following the respective Olympic Games. All Paralympic Games are governed by the International Paralympic Committee (IPC).

The Paralympics has grown from a small gathering of British World War II veterans in 1948 to become one of the largest international sporting events by the early 21st century. The Paralympics has grown from 400 athletes with a disability from 23 countries in 1960 to thousands of competitors from over 100 countries in the London 2012 Games. Paralympians strive for equal treatment with non-disabled Olympic athletes, but there is a large funding gap between Olympic and Paralympic athletes.


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Ice sledge hockey game at the 2010 Winter Paralympics

The Winter Paralympic Games is an international multi-sport event, held every four years directly following the Winter Olympic Games, where athletes with physical disabilities compete. Athletes at the Games must fit the criteria for one of six disability categories established by the International Paralympic Committee.

The first Winter Paralympics, held in 1976 in Örnsköldsvik, Sweden, saw over 250 athletes from 16 countries attended. To date there have been ten editions of the Winter Paralympics, the most recent being in 2010 in Vancouver; Sports contested at the those Games were alpine skiing, biathlon, cross-country skiing, wheelchair curling and ice sledge hockey.

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Yip (far right) with her Paralympic teammates at a celebration on 20 September 2008

Yip Pin Xiu (Chinese: 叶品秀; pinyin: Yè Pǐnxìu), born 1992) is a Singaporean backstroke swimmer. She has muscular dystrophy and competes in the S3 category for the physically impaired. Since 2005, she has won medals in international competitions such as the World Wheelchair and Amputee Games, Japan Paralympic Swimming Championships and International German Paralympic Swimming Championships. At the 2008 Summer Paralympics, she won a gold medal in the 50 metres backstroke and a silver medal in the 50 metres freestyle, setting world records in both events. Hence she was conferred a state medal, the Meritorious Service Medal. Her achievements contributed to public debate about the treatment and recognition of disabled athletes in Singapore.

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[[Image:|center| 600px |The Olympic Stadium in Athens]]
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The Olympic Stadium (Athens) is a stadium that is part of the Athens Olympic Sports Complex. Located in the area of Maroussi in Athens, it is the major Greek stadium and hosted the athletics events and the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2004 Summer Paralympics.

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