7 Things You Didn’t Know About the Paralympic Winter Games

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While much of the upcoming sports coverage has been devoted to two main events — think the Super Bowl and the 2014 Winter Olympics — far less has been focused on the Paralympic Games. To combat this, we’ve compiled a list of facts about the XI Paralympic Winter Games, which will be held in Sochi, Russia, from March 7 to 16.

1. During a national competition to create ideas for Sochi mascots, the 2014 winners — Ray of Light and Snowflake — were selected by Paralympic champions. Both have accompanying legends that account for their origins, but the gist is that they came from faraway galaxies to embody and relay Paralympic values: bravery, equality, determination, inspiration, and strength of spirit.

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