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The Paralympian Issue No. 2 | 2014

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ASK AN ATHLETE 11 ASK AN ATHLETE What are your expectations for the ITTF Para-Table Tennis World Championships? China's two-time Paralympic champion Liu Jing and Poland's three-time Paralympic champion Natalia Partyka will headline the women's fi eld at September's ITTF Para-Table Tennis World Championships, playing in Class 2 and Class 10, respectively. 2 and Class 10, respectively. Class 2 Natalia Partyka Liu Jing #AskAnAthlete To retain my world title, but there are many uncertain factors in the fi eld. To win the gold in the singles event, and it would be great as well to win a medal in the team event. Are you at the peak of your career or is there still more to come? What are your weaknesses? How many table tennis balls have hit in your life? What do you hope to do when you eventually retire from your table tennis career? Although I was on the top of the world before, I will have to try my best to get there again. I am not decisive enough when dealing with the "key ball." I have to practice repeatedly – which means more than anyone else – to overcome this. Countless. Table tennis has taken up a wealth of my lifetime. Learn more about and engage in sport-related activities. I hope it is not the peak of my career. I am playing really well, but I know that I can still be much better and play at a higher level. Of course I have some weaknesses, but I can't tell you because my opponents might be reading this. Luckily, I am not good at math, but I am sure it's in the many millions, or even billions. Something in sport. Maybe I will be a coach or establish my own foundation. I have already set up my own funds for helping talented kids from poor families achieve their sports dreams. ITTF Para-Table Tennis World Championships Dates: 6-15 September Location: Beijing, China web web >> www.IPTTC.org THE PARALYMPIAN 02|2014 11 10 new fans added to athlete accounts on Facebook and Twitter 100,000 Who was popular on Twitter? These fi ve athletes gained the most Twitter followers at the Games: 1 Amy Purdy (USA, snowboard) 2 Jade Etherington (Great Britain, alpine skiing) 3 Kelly Gallagher (Great Britain, alpine skiing) 4 Charlotte Evans (Great Britain, alpine skiing guide) 5 Bibian Mentel-Spee (Netherlands, snowboard) Who was popular on Facebook? These fi ve athletes had the most Facebook fans at end of Games: 1 Allison Jones (USA, alpine skiing) 2 Tatyana McFadden (USA, cross-country skiing) 3 Amy Purdy (USA, snowboard) 4 Marie Bochet (France, alpine skiing) 5 Matthias Lanzinger (Austria, alpine skiing) Jade Etherington 1 million Google searches related to Paralympics More than 160 million interactions with the Paralympic Movement – including Paralympic.org page views, Google searches and retweets – were registered during the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games. 3 4 pi p ne n s million views on the IPC's YouTube channel 2.4 million page views on 1.7 THE PARALYMPIAN 02|2014 DIGITAL BONUS Google Hangouts with athletes at Sochi 2014 9 million people reached on Twitter by the IPC 56 Matthias Lanzinger Trending! "Josh Sweeney," "Goal USA" and "#USAvsRUS" were all trending worldwide on Twitter during the ice sledge hockey gold-medal game in Sochi. Sochi's social success likes on IPC Facebook posts 370,00 nd tter p g 4 Charlotte Evans (Great Britain, alpine skiing guide) 5 Bibian Mentel-Spee (Netherlands, snowboard) Jade Etherington ding! weeney," USA" AvsRUS" trending e on Twitter ng the ge hockey edal game Sochi.

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