Sunday’s closing ceremonies ended what has been the most impressive Paralympic sporting event in the history of the Games. More than 2.7million tickets were sold and $16million raised as the world took notice of the 4,200 Paralympic athletes from 204 countries competing on the world stage.
In addition to those on-site, network coverage and internet streams of all events were watched by millions across the globe solidifying opinions that the Paralympic Games are deserving of the attention, support and coverage that the Olympic Games garner every four years. Fans took interest in headlining stories such as Oscar Pistorius (South Africa) and Alan Oliveira’s (Brazil) controversial track race and Australia’s wheelchair rugby team’s improbable gold medal run.
More than anything, though, the world was left inspired by all that was achieved both on and off the playing field by the incredible athletes on London’s 2012 Paralympic Games.
Sebastian Coe, LOCOG Chair Lord, said it best at Sunday’s closing ceremonies:
“This was a unique time when sport seemed to rule the world, and people everywhere were transfixed by the joy of sport. The athletes performed at an awe-inspiring level and almost always with grace and sportsmanship whether they won or lost. We had a plethora of world records, and Olympic and Paralympic records that we could marvel at. Thanks to the athletes, young people know it is possible to triumph over adversity, to challenge and then change their circumstances and to achieve great things.’
For more information on the Paralympic Games, the athletes and final results, visit: www.london2012.com