History Games 2010s: To London and beyond 2010s Summer Games Infographic Click to zoom into a pdf of the Infographic. Statistics are from the IPC website 2010s Winter Games Infographic Click to zoom into a pdf of the Infographic. Statistics are from the IPC website The Games have come a long way since their origins at Stoke Mandeville in 1948. Although the 2008 games at Beijing were famously described by the Chinese as “a games of equal splendour” in the way that there was so much more parity between Olympics and Paralympics, they were arguably surpassed in their turn by the London games of 2012. The level at which sport is now practised at and its status has improved hugely. The whole thing is now much more focused. The athletes who now take part in the Paralympics are sportsmen who happen to be disabled; previously they were disabled people who happened to do a bit of sport. - Keith Delderfield, one of the organisers of the 1984 Stoke Mandeville games. Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Winter Games At the Vancouver Winter Games women could participate in ice sledge hockey for the first time. 502 athletes from 44 countries competed in 64 events in 5 sports. The Great Britain team consisting of 7 men and 5 women, competed in Alpine skiing and Wheelchair Curling, they didn't win any medals. Read more about the Vancouver Paralympic Winter Games here London 2012 Paralympic Summer Games The London 2012 Paralympic games were the largest Paralympics to date. 4,302 athletes from 164 countries, competing in 503 events in 20 sports. The GB team consisted of 181 men and 113 women who won a total of 34 Gold, 43 Silver and 43 Bronze medals. Read more about the London Paralympic Summer Games here Sochi 2014 Winter Paralympics The Sochi games were the largest Winter Paralympic games to date. 538 athletes from 45 countries, competing in 72 events in 5 sports. The GB team consisted of 6 men and 9 women, competed in Alpine Skiing and Wheelchair curling, they had a successful games, winning a total of 1 Gold, 3 Silver and 2 Bronze medals.