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2010 Paralympics in Vancouver

Called "remarkable ambassadors of the human spirit" by the CEO of the Vancouver organizing committee, over 500 athletes from 44 countries made the 2010 Paralympic Games memorable. Russian athletes took top honors with 12 gold medals and 38 medals overall. And in perhaps the biggest upset of the games, host Canada's ice sledge hockey team failed to even medal after winning gold at the last games. Organizers hope the future holds promise for adding several new events, including snowboarding, ski cross, bobsleigh, luge, a standing version of hockey, and long track speed skating. ( 28 photos total)

Yohann Taberlet of France practices during a training run for the downhill sitting prior to the 2010 Vancouver Winter Paralympics at Whistler Creekside March 10 in Whistler, Canada. (Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

The Paralympic flame burns as the torch relay takes place during the Opening Ceremony at BC Place March 12 in Vancouver. (Hannah Johnston/Getty Images) #

Torch bearer Daniel Wesley lights Marni Abbott-Peter's torch during the Opening Ceremony at BC Place March 12 in Vancouver. (Martin Rose/Bongarts/Getty Images) #

Liudmila Vauchok (right) of Belarus is embraced by her coach after she won gold during the women's 10km cross-country March 14. (REUTERS/Andy Clark) #

Nadja Baumgartner of Swizterland celebrates with her guide Chiarina Sawyer after finishing their second run in the visually impaired slalom March 14. (Hannah Johnston/Getty Images) #

The wheelchair curling round robin games entertain the crowd at the Vancouver Olympic Centre March 14. (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images) #

Chunshan Fu of China competes in the sitting 15km cross-country skiing race March 14. (Ezra Shaw/Getty Images) #

Tyler Walker of the US skis during the sit-ski slalom March 14. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press/Jonathan Hayward) #

Ralph Green of the US competes in the slalom standing event March 15. (Hannah Johnston/Getty Images) #

Valery Kupchinskiy of Russia is led by guide Viacheslav Dubov as he competes in the visually impaired 20km free cross-country skiing race March 15. (Jamie McDonald/Getty Images) #

Wheelchair curling athletes compete March 15. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press/Darryl Dyck) #

Bart Bunting (right) of Australia, and his guide, Nathan Chivers, ski in the giant slalom visually impaired event March 16. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press/Jonathan Hayward) #

Claudia Loesch of Austria crashes out in the sitting giant slalom March 16. (Hannah Johnston/Getty Images) #

Brad Emmerson (left) of the US battles for the puck against Eiji Misawa of Japan during the ice sledge hockey preliminary round at UBC Thunderbird Arena March 16. (Jamie McDonald/Getty Images) #

Cameron Rahles-Rahbula of Australia races during the second run of the giant slalom standing event March 17. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press/Jonathan Hayward) #

Canada's Andrea Dziewior crashes at the finish line during the alpine downhill standing event March 18. (REUTERS/Andy Clark) #

Daisuke Uehara of Japan (left) shoots the puck against Brad Bowden of Canada during the ice sledge hockey play-off seminfinal at UBC Thunderbird Arena March 18. (Hannah Johnston/Getty Images) #

Daisuke Uehara and Mitsuru Nagase of Japan celebrate winning the ice sledge hockey playoff semifinal at UBC Thunderbird Arena March 18. (Hannah Johnston/Getty Images) #

Sean Halsted of the US competes in the 10km sitting cross-country skiing event March 18. (Quinn Rooney/Getty Images) #

Jong-Seork Park of South Korea crashes as he competes in the sitting super-G March 19. (Jamie McDonald/Getty Images) #

Japan's Takayuki Endo goes flying after colliding with Taylor Chace of the US during the gold medal game in sledge hockey March 20. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press/Darryl Dyck) #

US teammates Joe Howard (left) and Alexi Salamone look at their sledge hockey gold medals March 20. (REUTERS/Andy Clark) #

Jody Barber of Canada is hugged by teammate Robbi Weldon after Barber crossed the finish line in the 3x2.5km relay March 20. (Ezra Shaw/Getty Images) #

Brian McKeever of Canada and guide Robin McKeever compete in the 1km visually impaired cross-country sprint semifinal March 21. (Jamie McDonald/Getty Images) #

Sergey Shilov of Russia (right) crosses the line ahead of Irek Zaripov of Russia to win gold in the 1km sitting cross-country sprint final March 21. (Jamie McDonald/Getty Images) #

(Left to right) Silver medalist Jurgen Egle from Austria, gold medalist Martin Braxenthaler from Germany and bronze medalist Philipp Bonadimann from Austria celebrate during the medals presentation of the super combined sitting competition March 20. (AP Photo/KEYSTONE/Dominic Favre) #

Paralympians arrive for the closing ceremonies of the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games in Whistler, British Columbia March 21. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press/Jonathan Hayward) #

Russian performers entertain the crowd during the Closing Ceremony at Whistler Medals Plaza March 21. (Hannah Johnston/Getty Images) #



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yes we took the gold medal in sledge hockey take that canada

Posted by jdgsc March 26, 10 03:29 PM
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to jdgsc - what is your point?? When you say "we" were you one of the paralympic athletes, I doubt it an athlete would never write like that.
Thanks for sharing these pictures in the Big Shots, enormously interesting and very much appreciated.

Posted by Derek April 21, 10 06:40 PM
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