The Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games will host 6 different winter sports, including the Paralympic debut of Para-Snowboard. Additional sports include alpine skiing, biathlon, cross country skiing, sledge hockey and wheelchair curling. Canada will be fielding a strong team of athletes and will be a podium contender in all sports on the Sochi program.
Canada is looking to match our best-ever performance at the Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Winter Games, where Canada finished third overall and earned 19 medals, including 10 gold. Team Canada has once again established a Top 3 in the gold medal count performance goal for the Sochi Games. Amongst our many podium contenders, the Canadian wheelchair curling team will look to maintain Canada’s exclusive grip on Paralympic gold, as Canada has won both Paralympic wheelchair curling competitions since the sport made its debut in Torino 2006.
Ozzie Sawicki has been named as the Chef de Mission for the 2014 Canadian Paralympic Team, and the team of volunteer mission staff was selected in Spring 2013 .
Canadian athletes are busy competing around the world in pursuit of achieving the required qualification standards, and Team Canada will be officially named in early 2014.
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Located approximately 1,600 km south of Moscow, the greater Sochi area has a population of around 400,000 and lies on the northeast coast of the Black Sea, near the border with Georgia. Sochi is designated as having a humid subtropical climate and therefore has mild winters, with temperatures in March averaging a high of about 15 degrees Celsius and a low of about 5 degrees Celsius at the lower elevations.
According to the Organizing Committee, Sochi 2014 has given Russia a unique chance to change for the better.
The top priority for Sochi 2014 is to create a complete barrier-free environment for the Games, including roads, transportation, accommodations and sport venues. This will help implement Russia’s barrier-free plan for the years to come. A new barrier-free law was approved by the Russian government and has paved the path to improve the lives of people with a disability in Russia.
On June 11, 2011, marking 1,000 days to go until the start of the Paralympic Games, the Sochi Organizing Committee launched an innovative “Accessibility Map” project to help those with a disability find easily accessible locations where they can watch and cheer on their Paralympic teams.
Sochi was elected as host city for the Games in July 2007 during the 119th International Olympic Committee (IOC) Session in Guatemala City, Guatemala.
The final decision on the host city for the XXII Olympic Winter Games was made by the full IOC membership during the 119th IOC Session in Guatemala City on 4 July 2007. Sochi was elected in the second round with 51 votes, compared to PyeongChang’s 47.