Brazil: Eight facts on the Sochi 2014 ParalympicsAs Brazil makes its debut at a Winter Paralympics, the summer Games powerhouse will hope to prove it is not all about Rio 2016. 17 Jan 2014
• Brazil have never won a medal at either the Paralympic or Olympic Winter Games.
• Brazilians will compete in Paralympic Winter Games for the first time in Sochi.
• One of Brazil's most accomplished Paralympic winter athletes is Fernando Aranha, who finished in the top 30 in three different cross-country skiing disciplines at the 2013 IPC Nordic Skiing World Championships in Solleftea, Sweden.
• Aranha came 26th in both the 10km and 15km sitting events and 28th in the 1km sprint.
• Snowboarder Andre Cintra finished in the top 15 at Big White World Cup
• Brazil has won 73 gold medals and 230 total medals at the Paralympic Summer Games, ranking 27th among all NPCs in both categories.
• Brazil's total of 73 gold medals at the Paralympic Summer Games is more than double the number of gold medals won by all the other South American NPCs combined (36).
• Before Sochi 2014, Brazil's most recent top 10 result at the Olympic Winter Games was a ninth place in the women's snowboard cross by Isabel Clark Ribeiro in 2006.
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