PHOTOS & VIDEOS
2014 Paralympic Game SnapshotsMarch 14, 2014
Breaking the Ice
Dancers perform as a giant ice breaker ship enters Fisht Stadium during a festive opening ceremony kicking off the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, on March 7. For 10 days, athletes with disabilities have a chance to go for gold.
A Skier's Comeback
Spain's Jon Santacana Maiztegui and his guide Maros Hudik race in the men's downhill visually impaired class event on March 8 at Rosa Khutor Alpine Center, in Sochi. Maiztegui recovered from an Achilles tendon injury that sidelined him for six months to win gold in the event. He previously won the same event during the 2010 Vancouver Paralympics and has a total of five Paralympic medals.
Akira Kano of Japan competes in the men's super-G sitting class event at Rosa Khutor Alpine Center on March 8. Kano won gold in the event, his second gold of the Games. On March 7, he won the downhill event in the sitting class. And in another double gold in Sochi, Austria's Markus Salcher won the standing class events in both the downhill and super-G.
Team U.S.A.'s Tatyana McFadden celebrates her second place finish at the end of the women's one-kilometer sprint (about .62 miles) in the sitting class at Laura Cross-country Ski and Biathlon Center in Sochi on March 12. This was the 24-year-old athlete's first Winter Paralympics medal, but she also has ten Summer Paralympic medals under her belt from competing in wheelchair racing at the past three Summer Games.
Setting Up for Gold
The U.S. sledge hockey team celebrates on the Shayba Arena ice after winning the semifinal match against Canada on March 13. The final score was 3-0, with player Declan Farmer scoring twice and assisting on Joshua Pauls' goal. Team U.S.A. will play Russia for the gold in the final match on March 15.