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Russia and Ukraine on Top at Vancouver Paralympics

15. March 2010 by Michelle 0 Comments

Irek Mannanov skiing the biathlon, guided by Salavat Gumerov (in the yellow vest)

Athletes with disabilities are in the spotlight this week for the 2010 Paralympics Winter Games in Vancouver.

 

A crowd of over 60,000 attended the opening ceremony Friday night, welcoming 1,350 competitors from 44 countries.

 

5 events are included this year which are the biathlon, alpine skiing, cross-country skiing, ice sledge hockey, and wheelchair curling. With only 2 days of events completed so far, Russia and Ukraine top the medals count.

 

Russia has 4 gold, 4 silver, and 2 bronze for a total of 10. Ukraine has 2 gold, 1 silver, and 3 bronze for a total of 6. All of their medals have been awarded in cross country skiing and the biathlon. Austria and Canada are tied for 3rd place with 3 medals each.

 

For the full schedule of events, visit the Vancouver 2010 Paralympics website.