Google is celebrating the opening day of the 2018 Paralympics with a doodle, an animated design celebrating each of the sports the winter Paralympians will compete in. The multicoloured doodle consists pf Para-Athletes representing cross-country skiing, ice hockey, alpine skiing, biathlon, snowboarding, ice hockey and wheelchair curling. They are all racing downhill together, striving for one of the 80 medals which will be awarded during the games. According to the organisers, the United States has the greatest number of athletes at 68, followed by Canada at 52 and Japan at 38. While talking about the today’s Doodle, Google says that “it represents athletes from each of the sports competition, all racing together to capture a spot on the podium.”
The 2018 Paralympic Winter Games begins from Friday, March 9 with the opening ceremony and concludes with the closing ceremony on Sunday, March 18. The sports event will see the participation of 50 nations and over 670 athletes. It will also see maximum participation from women. Over 80 medals would be awarded across all sports. While Soohorang an Asiatic white tiger was the mascot of Winter Olympics 2018 held in PyeongChang in South Korea, Bandabian, the Asiatic black bear is the mascot of the Winter Paralympics 2018 in South Korea. While composing the colourful doodle, Google has also posted few black and white rough sketches.
Earlier, a month back, Google doodled the beginning of Winter Olympics 2018, welcoming the opening day of the Doodle Snow Games. But just as with the Olympics last month, much of the focus on the Winter Paralympics will be turned away from the sport towards two specific delegations — North Korea and Russia.