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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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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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Norway vs Sweden, ice sledge hockey, during the 2010 Winter Paralympics in Vancouver.
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Norway vs Sweden, ice sledge hockey, during the 2010 Winter Paralympics in Vancouver.


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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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Vancouver, BC viewed from the south with mountains behind.
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Host of the 2010 Winter Paralympics, Vancouver, viewed from the south with mountains behind.

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