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March 12, 2014

Sochi 2014 Paralympics

Competitors are midway through the Paralympic games being held in Sochi, Russia, this week -- with closing ceremonies this Sunday. More than 40 countries sent athletes to compete in alpine skiing, biathlon, cross-country skiing, ice sledge hockey, and wheelchair curling. --Lloyd Young (34 photos total)

Japan's Takeshi Suzuki competes to bronze during Men's Downhill Sitting at XI Paralympic Olympic games in the Rosa Khutor stadium close to Sochi on March 8. (Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP/Getty Images)

Russia's Roman Petushkov (center) celebrates his victory at the end of the men's 1 km sprint sitting at XI Paralympic Olympic games in the Laura stadium close to the city of Sochi on March 12. (Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP/Getty Images) #

Dzmitry Loban of Belarus in action during the Biathlon men's 12.5km sitting competition at Laura Cross-Country Ski & Biathlon Center during the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia, on March 11. (Valdrin Xhemaj/EPA) #

Claudia Loesch of Austria in action during the women's alpine skiing slalom first run sitting race in Rosa Khutor Alpine Center at the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Games, Krasnaya Polyana, Russia, on March 12. (Vassil Donev/EPA) #

Gold medalist Akira Kano (center) of Japan welcomes bronze medalist Caleb Brousseau (right) of Canada as Silver medalist Taiki Morii (left) looks on during the medal ceremony of the men's alpine skiing super G sitting race at the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Games, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia, on March 9. (Vassil Donev/EPA) #

Anja Wicker of Germany races during the ladies 12km cross country ski, sitting event at the 2014 Winter Paralympic Games on March 9 in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. (Dmitry Lovetsky/Asspociated Press) #

Germany's Andrea Rothfuss celebrates after crossing the finish line to win the women's standing slalom event at the 2014 Sochi Paralympic Winter Games at the Rosa Khutor Alpine Center on March 12. (Christian Hartmann/Reuters) #

Mexico enters the arena lead by flag bearer Arly Velasquez during the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games at Fisht Stadium on March 7, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Tom Pennington/Getty Images) #

Actors perform at the Fisht Olympic stadium during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Paralympics in Sochi, Russia, on March 7. (Pavel Golovkin/Associated Press) #

A multiple exposure view of the wheelchair curling during the round robin session 7 during day four of the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games at Ice Cube Curling Center on March 11 in Sochi, Russia. (Justin Setterfield/Getty Images) #

Gregor Ewan of Great Britain competes in the round robin session 7 during day four of Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games at Ice Cube Curling Center on March 11. (Dennis Grombkowski/Getty Images) #

Teams of Russia (top) and Norway (bottom) compete during round robin wheelchair curling match at the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Games, Russia, on March 12. (Sergei Chirikov/EPA) #

Teams of Finland (left) and China (right) during their round robin wheelchair curling match at the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Games, Russia, on March 12. (Sergei Chirikov/EPA) #

Korea's Jong-Pan Kim (second from right) and Myung-Jin Kim (right) celebrate during wheelchair curling match against United States at the 2014 Winter Paralympics in Sochi, Russia, on March 8. Korea won 9-5. (Pavel Golovkin/Associated Press) #

Gold medalists Kelly Gallagher of Great Britain (right) and guide Charlotte Evans celebrate during the medal ceremony for the women's super-g visually impaired during day three of Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games at Rosa Khutor Alpine Center on March 10 in Sochi, Russia. (Tom Pennington/Getty Images) #

Tyler Walker of the United States crashes as he takes a jump during the men's sitting skiing downhill at the 2014 Sochi Paralympic Winter Games at the Rosa Khutor Alpine Center on March 8. (Christian Hartmann/Reuters) #

Franz Hanfstingl of Germany crashes during the men's downhill sitting in Rosa Khutor Alpine Center at the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games, Krasnaya Polyana, Russia, on March 8. (Vassil Donev/EPA) #

Henrieta Farkasova of Slovakia and guide Natalia Subrtova competes in the women's slalom 1st Run - visually impaired during day five of Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games at Rosa Khutor Alpine Center on March 12. (Dennis Grombkowski/Getty Images) #

Inga Medvedeva of Russia in action during the women's downhill - standing in Rosa Khutor Alpine Center at the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games, Krasnaya Polyana, Russia, on March 8. (Julian Stratenschulte/EPA) #

Switzerland's Maurizio Nicoli skis during the men's sitting skiing Super G at the 2014 Sochi Paralympic Winter Games at the Rosa Khutor Alpine Center March 9, 2014. (Christian Hartmann/Reuters) #

China's Haitao Du competes during the men's cross country 20 km classic standing at XI Paralympic Olympic games in the Rosa Khutor stadium near Sochi on March 10. (Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP/Getty Images) #

Maija Jarvela of Finlan collapses after competing in the women's 6km wtanding biathlon during day one of Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games at Laura Cross-country Ski & Biathlon Center on March 8 in Sochi, Russia. (Ronald Martinez/Getty Images) #

Wilhelm Brem of Germany is guided by Florian Grimm while competing in the men's 7.5km visually impaired biathlon during day one of Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games at Laura Cross-country Ski & Biathlon Center on March 8. (Ronald Martinez/Getty Images) #

Allison Jones of the United States competes in the women's super-g - standing during day three of the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games at Rosa Khutor Alpine Center on March 10. (Dennis Grombkowski/Getty Images) #

Russia's Roman Petushkov (right) competes to the first place during the men's 15 km cross-country ski sitting at the XI Paralympic Olympic games in the Rosa Khutor stadium near Sochi on March 9. (Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP/Getty Images) #

Toby Kane of Australia stretches to cross the line in the Men's SC slalom (with super-g) run 1, standing during day four of the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games at Rosa Khutor Alpine Center on March 11. (Hannah Peters/Getty Images) #

South Korea and United States players in action during their ice sledge hockey match at the 2014 Winter Paralympics in Sochi, Russia, on March 9. United States won the match 3-0. (Pavel Golovkin/Associated Press) #

Anders Wistrand of Sweden misses a chance at goal during the ice sledge hockey preliminary round group B match between the United States and Russia during day four of Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games at Shayba Arena on March 11. (Dennis Grombkowski/Getty Images) #

Head coach of the US team Jeff Sauer (center) gives his instructions to the players during a time out during their group stage ice sledge hockey match against Russia at the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Games on March 8. (Sergei Chirikov/EPA) #

US athlete Brody Roybal (left) vies with Russia's Ilia Volkov during the ice sledge hockey match Russia vs USA during the XI Paralympic Olympic games at the Shayba stadium, near Sochi on March 11. (Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP/Getty Images) #

Dmitrii Lisov of Russia is challenged by Seung-Hwan Jung of Korea during the ice sledge hockey preliminary round group A match between the Russia and Korea at Shayba Arena on March 8 in Sochi, Russia. (Dennis Grombkowski/Getty Images) #

Goalkeeper Ulf Nilsson of Sweden saves a shot by Brad Bowden of Canada during group ice sledge hockey match between Canadian and Swedish teams at Shaiba stadium in Sochi, Russia, on March 8. (Sergei Chirikov/EPA) #

South Korean team members celebrate their victory over Russia during their ice sledge hockey match at Shaiba stadium in Sochi, Russia, on March 8. (Sergei Chirikov/EPA) #

Gold medalist Marie Bochet (center) of France, bronze medalist Inga Medvedeva (left) of Russia and silver medalist Allison Jones of the United States celebrate on the podium during the flower ceremony for the women's alpine skiing downhill standing race in Rosa Khutor Alpine Center at the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Games, Krasnaya Polyana, Russia, on March 8. (Vassil Donev/EPA) #

 
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