[WORLDKINGS] World Tops Academy – Top 5 Inspiring Paralympians in the world


(worldkings.org) Paralympic Games are more than a competitive sporting event for persons with disabilities. With their core values of courage, determination, inspiration and equality, they teach much more than just ‘sporting spirit’. Paralympians are seen as an inspiration by disabled as well as non-disabled people. These are Top 5 Inspiring Paralympians in the world.

1. Trischa Zorn



With her 46 individual Paralympic medals including 32 gold, 9 silver and 5 bronze, Trischa Zorn can be considered the most successful Paralympic athlete to date. This American Paralympic Swimmer is blind since birth. She was born with aniridia and was classified legally blind, later she got two artificial iris implants that improved her vision to 20/150. Though this did not affect her disability classification in the sports. She set 8 world records in her category of disability after the Sydney Games in 2000. In the year 2012, she was inducted into the International Paralympian Hall of Fame. Apart from being an athlete, she is also a coach, lawyer and teacher for children with special needs.

2. Ragnhild Myklebust

With her 27 medals including 22 gold, Ragnhild Myklebust holds the record for most ever medals won at Winter Paralympics. What’s more amazing is that she started competing in the winter games after entering her 40s. She is a Norweigian Nordic Skier who has won Paralympic medals in short, middle and long-distance cross-country races, relays, biathlon and ice sledge racing. She is a Polio Survivor who has set the bars really high for other athletes.

3. Beatrice Hess

Beatrice Hess is a Paralympic swimmer from France and is considered one of the best swimmers in the world. She has bagged 20 gold and 5 silver Paralympic medals. She has mild cerebral palsy and competes in the S5 disability category. At the 2000 Sydney Paralympic, she broke 9 world records.

4. Jonas Jacobsson

He is a Swedish sports shooter who has won 30 Paralympic medals including 17 gold, 4 silver and 9 bronze. He was born with a condition that made it compulsory for him to use a wheelchair for his mobility. He started competitive shooting at the young age of 8 and participated in the Paralympics at the age of 15 years. He has won gold medals at nine consecutive Paralympic games. His life story is recorded in a biographical book named The Will to Win: Shooter Jonas Jacobson.

5. Natalia Partyka

Natalia, a Polish Table Tennis player, was born without her right hand. She is the world’s youngest-ever Paralympian as she competed in the 2000 Summer Paralympic when she was just 11 years old. She has won 5 gold, 2 silver and 1 bronze medal in Paralympics. She is one of those few athletes who compete in both Paralympics as well as the Olympics.

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