How does a blind biathlete hit the target? Why do ice sledge hockey players use two sticks? Why is the clock set differently for every alpine skier? These and similar questions are answered by the Allianz infographics, which explain the Paralympic winter sports.
Tops: 125km/h top speed for Paralympic athletes
The Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi start on March 7. As International Partner of the Paralympic Movement and national partner in many countries, Allianz wishes the athletes “best of luck!”
The Paralympic infographics were created by Allianz together with Paralympic athletes, coaches, experts and the International Paralympic Committee (IPC). They provide technical information about the sports and allow athletes themselves to explain. The postcard-sized infographics are available for rights-free download here:
The Allianz infographics are available for the following sports: Alpine skiing – standing / sitting / visual impairment categories; Biathlon – standing / visual impairment categories; Cross-country skiing – sitting category; Ice Sledge Hockey; Snowboard and Wheelchair Curling.
Allianz and the Paralympic Movement working together
As partner of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), Allianz has been actively supporting the Paralympic Movement, its athletes, values and ideals since 2006. In 2011, Allianz became first International Partner of the IPC and in 2013 partner of the IPC Athletics Federation. Allianz supports various National Paralympic Committees on a local level, e.g. in Australia, Ireland, Croatia, Germany, Switzerland, Sri Lanka, the Czech Republic, Ukraine and Hungary. Allianz companies in over 30 countries also work with athletes and national associations.
„The cooperation with the Paralympic Movement is an enrichment for Allianz. The athletes show us that in order to be a top performer, you need to cross barriers and focus on your strengths. That’s also important in every person’s work life,“ says Werner Zedelius, Member of the Board of Management of Allianz SE. „Meeting Paralympic athletes raises questions for us. How do we deal with people who do not fit the picture of a perfect body? We learn that new doors or opportunities open in front of us only when we focus on our strengths. Through our cooperation with the Paralympic Movement, we want to contribute to make impairment a more natural part of life – in society and in the business world.”
Allianz supports the Paralympic Movement long-term, but does not partner individual Paralympic Games.
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