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The Opening Ceremony for the 2004 Summer Paralympics in Athens.

The Paralympic Games, or Paralympics, are a major international multi-sport event, where athletes with physical disabilities compete. This includes athletes with mobility disabilities, amputations, blindness, and Cerebral Palsy.

There are Winter and Summer Paralympic Games, and they are held immediately following their respective Olympic Games. All Paralympic Games are governed by the International Paralympic Committee (IPC).

The Paralympics have grown from a small collection of British World War II veterans in 1948 to the second-largest international sport event in 2008.

The formal explanation of the term "Paralympic" is that it derives from the Greek preposition παρά, pará ("beside" or "alongside") and thus refers to a competition held in parallel with the Olympic Games. The Summer Games of 1988 held in Seoul was the first time the term "Paralympic" came into official use.

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Great Britain competed at the 2010 Winter Paralympics held in Vancouver, Canada. The team was made up of athletes from the whole United Kingdom; athletes from Northern Ireland, who may elect to hold Irish citizenship under the pre-1999 article 2 of the Irish constitution, are able to be selected to represent either Great Britain or Ireland at the Paralympics. Kelly Gallagher became the first Northern Irish athlete to compete in the Winter Paralympics by taking part in the alpine skiing discipline. Additionally some British Overseas Territories compete separately from Britain in Paralympic competition. In order to be eligible to take part in the Games athletes had to have a disability that fell into one of the five Paralympics disability categories.

Great Britain fielded twelve athletes in total; a team of five in wheelchair curling, and seven athletes in alpine skiing. The team failed to win a medal for the first time since the 2002 Games, when just two British athletes competed, and although several of the squad finished with top ten results, the overall outcome was described as disappointing. Kelly Gallagher came closest to a medal, finishing fourth in the giant slalom for visually-impaired athletes. Britain will be hosting the next Games when London hosts the 2012 Summer Paralympics.

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The medal round of wheelchair curling at the 2010 Winter Paralympics in Vancouver, Canada. Above, the United States vs Sweden in the bronze medal game. Below, South Korea vs Canada in the gold medal game.
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The medal round of wheelchair curling at the 2010 Winter Paralympics in Vancouver, Canada. Above, the United States vs Sweden in the bronze medal game. Below, South Korea vs Canada in the gold medal game.


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Oscar Leonard Carl Pistorius (born 22 November 1986) is a South African Paralympic runner. Known as the "Blade Runner" and "the fastest man on no legs", Pistorius, who has a double amputation, is the world record holder in the 100, 200 and 400 metres T44 events. In 2008 he attempted to qualify to represent South Africa at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. Having had an IAAF band on the use of his artificial lower legs overturned he failed to achieve the required qualifying time by 0.70 seconds but went on to compete at the 2008 Summer Paralympics where he won three gold medals.

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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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