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The Paralympian Issue No. 2 | 2014

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"The Games exceeded all our expectations in every single area and certainly raised the bar for PyeongChang in 2018." The Sochi 2014 Paralympic Games were a record-breaking success with the performances of athletes once again inspiring and exciting the world. Para-snowboard made a spectacular Games debut, spectators turned out in huge numbers and more people around the world watched the event on television than any other Winter Paralympics. The Games exceeded all our expectations in every single area and certainly raised the bar for Pyeo- ngChang in 2018. Many highlights from the Games are included in this issue and I am sure they will bring back many great memories for you all. I have many standout moments from Sochi 2014, but my favourite is the ice sledge hockey gold-medal match between Russia and the USA. The game was shown live on NBC, which was quite possibly the biggest moment ever in Paralympic broadcasting history. This, combined with USA's victory, led to widespread media coverage in the States, showing a lot of progress has been made since London 2012. The reactions of the crowd and the Russian team were also signifi cant. The host nation's players were elated to win silver whilst the crowd was hugely sup- portive of both teams, clearly loved the sport, and was delighted to be part of a historic occasion. It had everything, apart from maybe a Russian goal for the home fans to celebrate! The key now is to capitalise on this success, not just for future Games, but in terms of getting more people into para-sports and improving the stand- ard and reach of the major events in between the Paralympics – both summer and winter. As mentioned in the last edition, the IPC will celebrate its 25th anniversary later this year, a signifi cant landmark for the whole Paralympic Movement. This issue includes a very special "Silver Jubilee" feature, detailing how the IPC was formed in Dusseldorf, Germany, on 22 September 1989, and in the years since has been transformed from an organisation based in a spare bedroom in Belgium to a hugely respected global governing body responsible for organising some of the world's biggest sporting events. This remarkable growth is down to you, the IPC membership, and I look forward to seeing you all at October's IPC gathering in Berlin to say thank you and to plan for the future. Enjoy the magazine. Sir Philip Craven, MBE IPC President 3 THE PARALYMPIAN 02|2014 PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE © Allianz SE, Germany With you from A-Z Marcel Hug, Wheelchair Racer thing that matters: always face forward. Allianz cares about what matters: supporting the Paralympic Movement.

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