The 2014 Paralympic Winter Games will be held March 7-16, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. Sochi, the host city, has a population of 400,000 and is located in the third largest region in Russia – Krasnodar.
Team USA athletes will compete in the following sports at the Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi:
- Alpine Skiing - skiing, snowboarding
- Cross-Country Skiing
- Sled Hockey
- Wheelchair Curling
The origins of the Paralympic Games were influenced by World War II, which brought a new outlook on the issue of rehabilitation for people with disabilities and are credited to neurologist and neurosurgeon, Professor Ludwig Guttmann who founded a medical center at Stoke-Mandeville Hospital (UK) for the treatment of people with spinal cord injuries in 1944. Later, Guttman became a founder of the International Stoke-Mandeville games for people with injuries of the locomotor apparatus – the prototype for the Paralympic Games.
The first Paralympic Winter Games took place in 1976 in Örnsköldsvik, Sweden.
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