The Paralympics is a multisport event for athletes with disabilities. In the summer, you can expect to see sports like archery, judo, rowing, powerlifting, and wheelchair tennis. The winter Paralympic sports include alpine skiing, snowboarding, para ice hockey, wheelchair curling, and more.
The Paralympics have grown considerably since the inaugural 1960 games, which started six days after the closing ceremony of the Olympic Games. 400 athletes from 23 nations, all in wheelchairs, competed in only eight sports, including ones we know and love today, like wheelchair basketball and para table tennis. Today, both the Summer and Winter Paralympics include 28 sports, with para badminton and para taekwondo as the newest additions in 2021.
Team USA has participated in every Summer and Winter Paralympics and currently holds the most all-time Paralympic Games medals for a total of 2,616. Team USA’s strongest Paralympic sport is Para Athletics, followed by swimming, wrestling, biathlon, and para ice hockey.
- How many events will there be at the 2024 Paralympic Summer Games?
There will be 549 events in 22 different sports at the 2024 Paralympic Games in Paris.
- When do the Paralympics Start?
The 2024 Summer Paralympics begin on Aug. 28, 2024, in Paris.
- Where can I watch the 2024 Paris Paralympic Games?
You can watch the upcoming Paralympic Winter Games on NBCUniversal, or you can live stream and watch replays for free on Peacock.
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