Paralympic Games

[ par-uh-lim-pik geymz, par-uh-lim- ]
/ ˈpær əˌlɪm pɪk ˈgeɪmz, ˌpær əˈlɪm- /
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plural noun
an international competition for athletes with disabilities.
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Also called Par·a·lym·pics [par-uh-lim-piks] /ˌpær əˈlɪm pɪks/ .

Origin of Paralympic Games

First recorded in 1955–60; blend of para(plegic) or para-1 and (O)lympic

OTHER WORDS FROM Paralympic Games

Par·a·lym·pi·an, noun, adjective
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What are the Paralympic Games?

The Paralympic Games are an international athletic competition featuring multiple sporting events between athletes with a range of bodily differences and disabilities. The event is sometimes called the Paralympics.

The event is modeled after the Olympic Games, featuring the world’s top athletes in their sports, with the top three finishers in each event being awarded medals: gold for first place, silver for second place, and bronze for third place. Like the Olympics, there are Winter and Summer versions of the Paralympic Games, and they are usually held after the corresponding Olympic event in the same city.

The Winter Paralympic Games feature winter sports, including skiing, snowboarding, ice hockey, and many others. The Summer Paralympic Games feature traditionally warm weather and indoor sports, like track and field, swimming, and wheelchair basketball, among many others.

Eligibility for and competition in the Paralympic Games is based on categories that involve bodily differences and different types of disabilities, including those related to muscle power and movement, range of movement, limb differences, visual impairment, and intellectual disabilities.

Athletes who compete in the Paralympic Games can be called Paralympians.

When are the Paralympic Games?

The 2024 Summer Paralympic Games will be held from August 28 to September 8, 2024, in Paris, France. The 2022 Winter Paralympic Games are scheduled from March 4 to March 13, 2022, in Beijing, China.

Because they are held after the Olympic Games, the Paralympic Games are now usually staggered so that there is two years between the Summer Paralympic Games and the Winter Paralympic Games, with each being held every four years (usually in even-numbered years). The Summer Paralympic Games are typically held in August or September and the Winter Paralympic Games are typically held in March.

More information and context the Paralympic Games

The Para in Paralympic comes from the word parallel—another name for the Paralympic Games is the Parallel Olympics.

The Paralympic Games trace their origin to the opening of the 1948 Olympic Games in London, during which an archery tournament was held among former British soldiers in wheelchairs. The event was named the Stoke Mandeville Games after the name of a hospital that treated patients with spinal injuries. The event was hosted periodically until 1960, when it officially became the Paralympic Games and was hosted alongside the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome. The event has taken place every four years since. The Winter Paralympic Games were established in 1976.

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The Paralympic Games feature elite athletes competing at the highest level in a range of different sports.

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