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10 Paralympians who have made history this year

  • When the postponed 2020 Paralympic Games wrap up Sunday in Tokyo, many "firsts" will have been accomplished by women - several of whom are bringing home medals to their countries for the first time. This Paralympic Games, which started on Aug. 23 after a year-long delay for the 4,405 competitors due to the coronavirus pandemic, has already made history. For the first time since the debut of the Paralympics in 1960, Paralympians will be paid the same for their medal wins as their Olympic peers. B

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Chilean Paralympic athlete inspires new Barbie doll

This wheelchair-bound Barbie is inspired by a ParalympianFrancisca Mardones was the standard-bearer of the Chilean teamparticipating in the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics(SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) CHILEAN SHOT PUTTER, FRANCISCA MARDONES, SAYING:"Mattel contacted me because they wanted to recognize my sports career and wanted to recognize me by making a Barbie doll in my likeness. It was very exciting because they recognize all the sacrifices that I have made in sports for years, and the sports results that I have obtained. I am also very excited because that motivates children to start in sports and dream of being great athletes; they will be our future champions. So it's a pleasure to inspire others with a doll shot putter."The doll is part of the company’s ‘Sheroes’ rangecreated in 2015 to recognize exemplary female figuresMardones said she hoped her Barbie would remind childrenthat disability should not stand in the way of their goalsSCREEN SHOT OF TWEET FROM MARDONES' ACCOUNT THAT READS: (Spanish) "I never imagined that one day I would tell you that I have become the first Chilean Barbie. Thank you very much @Barbie, for the emotional tribute. I am overflowing with emotion to see a paralympic Barbie shot putter."
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RankCountryMedal numbersTotal
1United StatesUSA
39
41
33
113
2ChinaCHN
38
32
18
88
3ROCROC
20
28
23
71
4Great BritainGBR
22
21
22
65
47PhilippinesPHI
1
2
1
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