With the Olympics coming to a close, it is now time to focus on the largest disabled sporting event in the world, the Paralympics. The Paralympics are the equivalent of the Olympics for individuals with a physical disability. Athletes are divided into 6 categories based on their disability and compete in 21 sports, including track, swimming, tennis, basketball, and rugby. Since the first official Paralympic games were held in 1960 to the upcoming games in London, the number of participants has grown from 400 athletes to 4,200 athletes representing 166 countries.
The Paralympics will be held August 29 through September 9 and for the first time is completely sold out (a record 2.5 million tickets sold). So if you can’t be there in person to cheer on Team USA, you can follow the Paralympics at some of these locations.
NBC Sports Network - In addition to the online content, NBC Sports Network (NBCSN) will air one-hour highlight shows on Sept. 4, 5, 6 and 11 at 7 p.m. EDT. Following the Paralympic Games, on Sept. 16, NBC will broadcast a 90 minute special from 2-3:30 p.m. EDT. All NBC and NBC Sports Network Paralympic highlight shows and specials will re-air on Universal Sports Network and UniversalSports.com.
U.S. Paralympics YouTube Channel - Beginning on Aug. 29 and continuing through the conclusion of the Games on Sept. 9, U.S. Paralympics will provide 10 daily video highlights packages via its U.S. Paralympics YouTube channel. The videos will chronicle the competition, athlete stories and will also include the Opening and Closing Ceremonies. Videos chronicling the lead-up to the Games will also be available in late August.
International Paralympic Committee - The IPC’s website will have five channels broadcasting live sport each day. Four channels will have English commentary whilst a fifth channel will be available in Spanish. The coverage will include over 780 hours of live action and 1,000 hours of video on demand. The website will also feature a revolutionary new SMART player which has been developed by the IPC’s worldwide IT partner Atos. The player uses innovative technology that will enable those watching live swimming and wheelchair basketball on www.paralympic.org to view real-time results tickers, statistics, biographies, news and social media - all in one integrated and synchronized window. It also simplifies the user’s interests and gives specific and relevant results per sport, similar to the ones available to commentators inside the venues.
ParalympicSportTV - ParalympicSport.TV is the International Paralympic Committee's online video channel.