IPC launches spectacular Sochi 2014 highlights video17.06.2014
To mark the three month anniversary since the Closing Ceremony of the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games, the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has launched a stunning online short film ”Sochi 2014 – Breaking Down Barriers” featuring many highlights from March’s event.
IPC President Sir Philip Craven described Sochi 2014 as “the best Paralympic Winter Games ever.”
The film, which can be viewed at http://bit.ly/sochi-highlights celebrates some of the greatest sporting moments, as well as the passionate crowds and the spectacular Opening and Closing Ceremonies from the Sochi 2014 Games.
After selling a record 316,200 tickets, attracting a record worldwide global TV audience and witnessing some top class athletic performances, IPC President Sir Philip Craven described Sochi 2014 as “the best Paralympic Winter Games ever.”
A total of 72 medal events took place across five sports: alpine skiing, biathlon, cross-country skiing, ice sledge hockey and wheelchair curling. Para-snowboard made its Paralympic debut as part of the alpine skiing programme and the gold medals winners were the USA’s Evan Strong and the Netherlands’ Bibian Mentel-Spee.
Other stand out performers included Russia’s Roman Petushkov who six gold medals out of seven events in biathlon and cross–country skiing and German sit-skier Anna Schaffelhuber who five golds from five events in alpine skiing.
USA beat Russia 1-0 to take gold in a thrilling ice sledge hockey competition and Canada claimed their third successive Paralympic gold in wheelchair curling.
Hosts Russia topped the medal table winning 80 medals, 30 of which were gold.