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2014 Winter Paralympics

The 2014 Winter Paralympics, officially known as the XI Paralympic Winter Games, will be held from March 7 to March 16, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. On 4 July 2007 the International Olympic Committee selected Sochi as host of the games. This will be the first time Russia has hosted the Paralympics and will be the debut of Parasnowboarding at the Winter Paralympics.

The Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games will be holding events in five winter sports: alpine skiing; biathlon; cross-country skiing; ice sledge hockey; wheelchair curling. All new ice rinks, stadiums and ski pistes in Sochi are equipped in accordance with strict Paralympic standards, but the city itself, with its aging infrastructure, has still a lot to make to comply.

Sochi's sidewalks, shops and restaurants are also undergoing massive reconstruction to please strict standards, so that nowhere is off-limits. And even though competitions such as ice sledge hockey and alpine skiing will be held far from the city center, thanks to the Games, Sochi will be more accessible for people with disabilities, leaving a lasting legacy for locals and visitors alike.

So, the 2014 Winter Paralympics hopes to create a comfortable barrier-free environment, the first of this kind in Russia, and is also a great opportunity for the Paralympic teams.