History Games 2000s: Games of equal splendour 2000s Summer Games Infographic Click to zoom into a pdf of the Infographic. Statistics are from the IPC website 2000s Winter Games Infographic Click to zoom into a pdf of the Infographic. Statistics are from the IPC website In 2000, during the Sydney Games, the relationship between the International Paralympic Committee and the International Olympic Committee was further strengthened by the signing of a memorandum of understanding and later the signing of a cooperative agreement. Since then the parallel relationship of the two organisations has resulted in the two largest sporting spectacles on earth being organised closely together. Sydney 2000 Paralympic Summer Games The 2000 Sydney Paralympic Games set new records for media coverage and tickets sold. 3,881 athletes from 122 countries, competing in 561 events in 18 sports. The GB team of 140 men and 74 women won a total of 41 Gold, 43 Silver and 47 Bronze medals. Salt Lake City 2002 Paralympic Winter Games The Salt Lake Organising Committee was the first to combine the Olympic and Paralympics under one organisation. Spurred on by the popularity of the Winter Olympics, public interest soared, with the demand for tickets being so great that the total number made available was increased from 225,000 to 248,000.415 athletes from 36 countries, competed in 4 sports. The small GB team of 2 men didn't win any medals. Read more about the Salt Lake City 2002 Winter Paralympic Games here Athens 2004 Paralympic Summer Games After the success of Sydney came the Athens Games in 2004. There was further growth in the number of athletes and countries and TV audiences. China led the medal table, they sent a strong team ahead of the 2008 Beijing games. 3,804 athletes from 135 countries, competing in 519 events in 19 sports. The GB team of 101 men and 66 women won a total of 35 gold, 30 silver and 29 bronze medals. Read more about the Athens 2004 Paralympic Summer Games here Torino 2006 Paralympic Winter Games 474 athletes from 38 countries, competing in 58 medal events in 5 sports. The GB team of 18 men and 2 women, competed in Alpine Skiing, Para ice hockey, and Wheelchair Curling; the Mixed Curling Team won the Silver medal. Beijing 2008 Paralympic Summer Games The 2008 games at Beijing, famously described by the Chinese as “a games of equal splendour” in the way that there was so much more parity between the Olympics and Paralympics, were arguably surpassed in their turn by the London games of 2012. The Games have come a long way since their origins at Stoke Mandeville in 1948. At Beijing the games hosted 146 countries made up of 3951 athletes showing that the movement has gone a significant distance towards realising Ludwig Guttmann’s vision of a global competition where disabled athletes could compete on a level with their non-disabled counterparts. Beijing set new records for the number of athletes and countries represented. 3,951 athletes from 146 countries, competing in 472 events in 20 sports. The GB team of 134 men and 76 women won a total of 42 Gold, 29 Silver and 31 Bronze medals. Rowing was introduced as a sport in the 2008 Beijing Paralympic Games. More information on the history of rowing can be found here Memories from the 2000s Sophie Christiansen, on winning a medal in the equestrian sport at Athens 2004. An interview with Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson. Chris Holmes winning 6 golds in swimming at the 1992 Barcelona Games. Jayant Mistry playing wheelchair tennis at the 1992 Barcelona Games.