Pyeongchang Paralympic Winter Games: Summary

 The Pyeongchang Paralympic Winter Games will be kicking on Friday 9th March and will be airing on Channel 4, in the UK. This is the first time in 30 years that the Paralympics has taken place in South Korea. As with the Olympics, the opening and closing ceremonies will take place in Pyeongchang, alpine skiing in Jeongseon and ice sports in Gangneung.

This year, Paralympians will compete in six sports: Para Alpine Skiing, Para Biathlon, Para Cross-Country Skiing, Para Ice Hockey, Para Snowboarding, and Wheelchair Curling and will include a variety of events, from downhill para skiing, to para snowboard cross.

What are the medal predictions?

In the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games, China came out on top, with 107 gold medals, 81 silver, and 51 bronze. They were followed by Team GB, the Ukraine and the U.S. In the Sochi 2014 Paralympics, Russia won the most medals (30 gold, 28 silver, and 22 bronze), with Germany coming in second, Canada third and the Ukraine fourth.

However, after details of state sponsored doping of Russian athletes in 2016, Russia was banned from all Paralympic competition. This ban has been upheld for the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympic and Paralympics. As with the Olympic Games, Russian Paralympians may compete as ‘neutrals’, but we’re not sure how this will impact the medal tables for the 2018 games.

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