POSTED: January 13th 2014

Sochi 2014 Paralympics to get massive online coverage by International Paralympic Committee

CHAD WISE / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) More than 300 hours’ worth of the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games will be broadcast online by the International Paralympic Committee this March, the largest amount of online coverage for a Paralympic Games.

Four high definition channels airing live and uninterrupted daily coverage of alpine skiing, Nordic skiing, ice sledge hockey and wheelchair curling will be available on the IPC website. Both the Opening and Closing Ceremonies will be shown live in HD, while a fifth channel will broadcast multiple sports during the Games.

“Our aim at Sochi 2014 is to cover the Games and all sports from every single angle with a mixture of live action, live results and in-depth previews and reports,” International Paralympic Committee Director of Communications Craig Spence said. “It will be our most comprehensive coverage of a Paralympic Winter Games to date.

“We are determined to build on the success of London 2012 when the IPC website received a record number of visitors and #paralympics was Twitter’s number-one trending sporting event of the year.

“To achieve this goal, visitors to our various online platforms will also be taken behind the scenes at the Games and given an exclusive flavour of the day-to-day activities of competing athletes.”

While all events are shown live, individual matches from ice sledge hockey, wheelchair curling and others will be made available on demand on the International Paralympic Committee’s YouTube channel.

A team of writers will also provide IPC website with written content during the Games, with more than 150 stories expected to be published during the 72-event, six-sport Paralympic Games.

The IPC website will house full Paralympian bigoraphies and photographs from the Games, and ambitious social media plans featuring Paralympians are in the works.

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