Google is marking the start of 2018 Winter Paralympics in South Korea’s Pyeongchang Country with a doodle today. The 2018 Winter Paralympics is officially known as the XII Paralympic Winter Games and also referred to as the 2018 PyeongChang Paralympics. It will cover 80 events in 6 sports with over 670 athletes participating this year.
In 2018 Winter Paralympics, 80 countries from around the world are sending their athletes to compete in the games. The event is being held from March 9 to 18 this year at Pyeongchang, the country that also hosted the Winter Olympics last month. Google Doodle today represents athletes from each of the sports in competition, all racing together to capture a spot on the podium.
The lineup of the Paralympic games includes alpine skiing, biathlon, cross-country skiing, ice hockey, snowboarding, and wheelchair curling. The 2018 PyeongChang Paralympics will award 80 medals across the sports over the next 10 days. In a blog post, Google shows the various designs involved with this particular doodle and depicts the 3D layout that went into making the final design.
For PyeongChang, this is the third consecutive bid for the Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games, which it ultimately won. This year, the contenders included Annecy in French Alps and Munich in Germany. The ticket prices for the sporting event range from $15 (around Rs 1,000) to $45 (around Rs 3,000). The IOC said that over 70 percent of the tickets were sold as of January 19.
At the Paralympic Games, there are 80 medal events with majority of those coming on snow and alpine skiing alone offering almost 30 medals across different disciplines. Another highlight will be the team from North Korea, which is a first for the country and a major diplomatic win in the Korean peninsula after both the countries marched as unified Korea at the Winter Olympics.
It is not clear whether Google plans to have a new doodle during every day of the Paralympics like it did during the Winter Games. However, it estimates the reach of this doodle will be mostly seen in North and South America, Asia, Europe, Australia and some African nations.