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10 Facts You Never Knew About The Paralympics

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1. The Paralympics made its debut in Rome in 1960.

2. The word "Paralympics" means "next to the Olympics."

3. Athletes are divided into classifications “to minimize the impact of impairment on the outcome of competition.”

4. This year, the Winter Paralympics events consist of alpine skiing, biathlon, cross-country skiing, para ice hockey, snowboarding, and wheelchair curling.

5. Vision-impaired athletes compete in alpine skiing, cross-country skiing, and the biathlon.

6. Both para ice hockey and wheelchair curling are mixed events, meaning that men and women can compete with each other.

7. Norway leads in most gold medals for the Paralympic Winter Games.

8. Overall, 48 nations and over 550 athletes are competing in 2018.

9. This is the first-ever Winter Paralympics that North Korean athletes are expected to compete in.

10. Athletes from Russia were banned from the games, but they are still allowed to participate as neutrals.

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