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25 amazing stories about Paralympics and Olympic games

Impressive stories about Olympic games

 

What is the difference between Paralympic and Olympic games?


Maybe you are wondering what the difference between Paralympics and Olympic games is. As you know, Olympic games is the major international event which takes place each four years.

When Olympic games are held, many athletes from diverse disciplines compete for the prizes and that is one of the most remarkable aspects about Olympic games.


At the same time, athletes with disabilities participate in the Paralympic games, an event that takes place in the same country and year than Olympic games.


Amazing stories in the Olympic games


As usual, Olympic games history is full of amazing stories that inspire future athletes not to give up and keep going despite of adversities. Through Paralympics history, there are many stories that will make you think about the infinite possibilities we have when passion, persistence, enthusiasm and perseverance get together.
 

So, keep reading and find out about some great stories that make Olympic games not only a sportive event, but also a stimulating moment when athletes inspire others to become into better people.

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  2. 1.As the reigning wheelchair rugby champions, Australia will arrive in Tokyo as the favorites to win gold. However, they will need to play their best to overcome Japan, who beat the Aussies at the 2018 World Championships and will have the home cheers to back them up.
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  4. 2.Omara Durand is the undisputed queen of athletics. The Cuban is the fastest Paralympian: she holds the world record in 100 m (11.4 seconds), 200 m (23.03) and 400 (51.77). She hopes to add three more gold medals to her collection of world tournaments on her resume.
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  6. 3.Brazil has won every 5-a-side blind soccer gold medal since the sport debuted at the 2004 Athens Olympic Games. While they have a strong chance of finishing on the podium in Tokyo, they will face tough opponents in the form of the Argentine team, which is looking for revenge after losing to Brazil at the 2018 World Cup and the 2019 Pan American Games in Lima.
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  8. 4.Both badminton and Paralympic taekwondo will make their debut at Tokyo 2020. With their first champions laureate during this summer, the competition promises to be very exciting during Paralympics and Olympic games as well.
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  10. 5.The People's Republic of China has been a powerhouse in women's bowls for a decade, but has failed on the most important rink of all. Between 2008 and 2016, they have lost in the three Paralympic finals they reached to the United States, Japan and Turkey, respectively.
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  12. Led by their goal scorer WANG Chunhua, the People's Republic of China will be hoping to turn the tables and claim their elusive gold.
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  14. 6.Local spectators are hoping to celebrate Paralympic gold in several sports, with wheelchair tennis at the top of the list. KUNEIDA Shingo, world No. 1 and the best men's player in history, as well as KAMIJI Yui, eight-time women's Grand Slam champion and world No. 2, are the favorites to take all the honors.
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  16. 7.Mixed shooting in the R9 - 50m Muzzleloading Rifle SH2 category is the most recent addition to the Paralympic program. Serbia's Dragan Ristic will be one of the favorites after his gold medal at the 2019 World Championships in Sydney, Australia.
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  18. 8.After a blazing career with 24 Paralympic medals, including 14 golds, 31 world championships and 22 golds at the Pan American Paralympics, Daniel Dias has announced he will retire after Tokyo 2020.
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  20. The Brazilian swimmer hopes to do so with a strong performance and add more medals to his impressive collection. Following its debut at Rio 2016, Tokyo 2020 Olympic games will welcome Va'a to the sprint canoeing competitions for the first time. Athletes will compete in VL2 200m mixed and VL3 200m.
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  22. 10.Alison Levine became the first woman to be ranked No. 1 in the world in the individual BC4 boccia rankings. However, she has finished off the podium in some recent competitions. That could change in Tokyo, where the Canadian is aiming to win not one, but two golds in group and individual events.
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  24. Sandrine Martinet achieved her professional dream of winning gold in judo at Rio 2016 in the women's 52 kg category after her silver medals in Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008. The Frenchwoman decided to switch to the 48kg category before Tokyo 2020; it will be interesting to see if she can repeat her good results in a different category.
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  26. 12.Egyptian weightlifting legend Sherif Osman has already bragged about his options: "Tokyo 2020? I'm so sure of myself that I'm already thinking about Paris 2024. That's my goal. I want to get up to six Paralympic golds." Osman is already halfway to his goal, as he has three Paralympic titles to his name. He is likely to get his fourth in Tokyo if he keeps up his level.
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  28. 13.Sanne Voets has one goal in mind: to win all three categories of Paralympic equestrian: individual dressage freestyle and individual dressage (both Grade IV). The rider from the Netherlands could achieve this, as she is the reigning world and European champion in these three events and has also won almost every competition she has entered since 2019.
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  30. 14.Paralympic archery champion David Drahoninsky hopes to impress again on the world's biggest stage. The Czech has been one of the best in his discipline since taking Paralympic gold in Beijing 2008. Most recently, Drahoninsky took bronze at the 2019 World Championships.
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  32. 15.The Netherlands is enjoying one of its best generations in the wheelchair basketball team. In 2018, after winning bronze medals at London 2012 and Rio 2016, the Dutch team secured its first world title. Led by Mariska Beijer, considered one of the best players in the world, the Netherlands have reasserted themselves as one of the favorite teams to win a historic gold in Tokyo 2020 Olympic games.
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  34. 16.American athlete Tatyana McFadden hopes to achieve a goal like no other: seven gold medals in seven disciplines to surpass Canadian legend Chantal Petitclerc as the most beloved athlete in history of Olympic games.
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  36. 17.It has been a decade since MAO Jingdian made her name on the international Paralympic table tennis scene. At just 17 years old, the Chinese athlete showed tremendous maturity to achieve her first gold in the women's classification - class 8 - at London 2012.
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  38. Mao successfully defended her title at Rio 2016. As an Asian Paralympic champion, nobody has any doubts about her path to the podium in Tokyo 2020.
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  40. 18. The rowing rivalry between Erik Horrie and Roman Polianskyi in the men's single sculls in the men's single sculls is worth a look. While the Ukrainian beat Horrie in Rio 2016, the Australian came back to win world titles in 2017 and 2018. But Polianskyi won again in 2019 and will be a favorite in Tokyo.
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  42. 19. As Paralympic volleyball champions, the Islamic Republic of Iran's team is looking to prove itself in Tokyo 2020 under the leadership of Morteza Mehrzad, one of the tallest Paralympians (2.46 meters). But arch-rivals and gold medalists Bosnia-Herzegovina are not a team that can be easily dismissed and will be hard to beat.
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  44. Teresa Perales has won an impressive 26 medals, including seven golds, nine silvers and ten bronzes during five editions of the Paralympic Games. At Tokyo 2020, the Spanish swimmer will be looking to add to those medals.
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  46. 22. Khothatso Montjane hopes to continue making history after becoming the first African wheelchair tennis player to compete in all four Grand Slams in the same year and becoming the first black wheelchair tennis player to play at Wimbledon. With 39 singles titles, the South African is hungry for more success as she prepares to compete in her fourth Paralympic Games.
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  48. 23. Enkhtuya Khurelbaatar is confident she can become Mongolia's first Paralympic taekwondo champion. The 2017 world champion, and former world No. 1, will be the favorite to take gold in the 49 kg K44 category at Tokyo 2020. But she hopes this will have an impact outside of competition as well, and thus inspire people with or without disabilities to "find the right path in their lives."
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  50. 24. Since making her name on the global stage at Rio 2016, where she won gold in individual foil B, wheelchair fencer Bebe Vio has become one of the most popular faces of the Paralympic movement.
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  52. The Italian has won in multiple competitions and has millions of fans. She will try to defend her title on Japanese soil.
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  54. 25. Lauren Steadman was the favorite candidate for the Paralympic triathlon in the PTS4 category at Rio 2016, but a mistake in the swim leg cost her the victory and she had to settle for silver, behind USA's Grace Norman.
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  56. Even after winning the world champion title in 2018, redemption for the Briton could 0only come with gold in Tokyo Olympic games.
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