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In pictures: PyeongChang paralympians' 'logic-defying' feats

Simon Bruty/OIS/IOC/AFP | Netherlands’ Anna Jochemsen competes in the Standing Women’s Super-G in Alpine Skiing at the Jeongseon Alpine Centre during the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games in PyeongChang on March 11, 2018.

Nine days of sporting heroics wrapped up Sunday in PyeongChang with spectacular closing ceremony festivities befitting a record-setting Winter Paralympic Games that saw an unprecedented 567 athletes compete and more than 340,000 tickets sold.

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In his closing address, International Paralympic Committee President Andrew Parsons paid homage to late British physicist Stephen Hawking, who had been wheelchair-bound by a motor neurone disease for decades. Hawking, who died with these Games already underway on March 14, gave a memorable speech to open the London 2012 Paralympic Games, entreating athletes there to “look up at the stars and not down at your feet”.

“While Hawking tested the limits of his imagination, Paralympians, you have once again pushed the boundaries of human endeavour,” Parsons said in PyeongChang on Sunday. “Your logic-defying performances have focused the world not on what holds you back, but on what motivates you and pushes you forward.”

FRANCE 24 takes a look back at some of the athletes who defied logic, and gravity, in pictures.

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