With only 2 days left of the 2012 Paralympic Games, there has been a tremendous amount of victorious moments coming out of London. As for the medal count, The People’s Republic of China is still way ahead with 78 golds (198 total) followed by Great Britain with 32 golds (113 total) and the Russian Federation also with 32 golds (91 total). The top individual medalists are all swimmers with Australia’s Jacqueline Freney bringing 7 gold medals back down under. Tied for second are Matthew Cowdrey, also from Australia, and Jessica Long from the U.S. with 5 golds and 2 silver medals each.
Already on Day 6, the London 2012 Paralympic Games is in full swing. The People’s Republic of China leads the medal count with an astonishing 49 golds (121 total) followed by Great Britain with 22 golds (74 total) and the Russian Federation with 18 golds (54 total). By the time of the Closing Ceremonies on September 9, the London Games will have welcomed 4,280 competitors from 164 nations, the largest number of athletes since the first Paralympics in 1960.
Athletes from around the world were welcomed and greeted by a colorful parade of performers ahead of the London 2012 Olympic Games in Olympic Park. Like a sight out of Dorothy’s visit to the Emerald City, each country was honored at the Welcoming Ceremony. Dancing, waving, and celebrating the competitive sport of the Games, participants also had an opportunity to sign the Truce Wall.