The 2010 Paralympic Winter Games athletes were welcomed to Whistler, Vancouver tonight in a ceremony that delighted all and set the stage for nine days of awe-inspiring sport, reports vancouver2010.com.
Over 500 Paralympic athletes from 44 countries were warmly welcomed as they paraded into BC Place Stadium to cheers from thousands of performers and an audience ready to celebrate their achievements. With the theme of “One Inspires Many,” the Opening Ceremony was a celebration of ability, courage and the human spirit.
Close to 5000 performers – mostly volunteers — participated in the show. 1,300 athletes and officials were welcomed to the Games.
Said John Furlong, Chief Executive Officer of the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, “We will witness stories of personal triumph and remarkable human perseverance. What you see over the next nine days will leave an impression on your lives forever.”