“As athletes we push the limits in the body and in the mind. We spend a whole life redefining what the world thought as impossible. We never move back, we just move forward. It’s worth showing the world what we are capable of."
The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) and Worldwide Paralympic Partner Samsung have announced that 25 video bloggers from 14 countries will record behind-the-scenes footage at PyeongChang 2018 as a continuation of the Samsung Paralympic Bloggers project.
Nineteen Paralympians, including two-time Paralympic champions Markus Salcher and Josh Pauls, three team officials and three super-fans from Austria, Brazil, Canada, China, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Japan, Mexico, Poland, Spain, South Korea and USA will use Samsung Galaxy Note8 to capture and share unique content and their own #DoWhatYouCant stories with fans around the world.
This is the first time non-athletes will participate as Samsung Paralympic Bloggers, giving viewers a unique insight into the lives of Paralympians, team officials and super-fans at the Paralympic Winter Games
The project is part of Samsung’s ongoing support of the Paralympic Movement, and a display of its commitment to those who strive to #DoWhatYouCant.
Mexican alpine skier and Samsung Paralympic Blogger Arly Velasquez, who made his Paralympic debut at Vancouver 2010, said: “As athletes we push the limits in the body and in the mind. We spend a whole life redefining what the world thought as impossible. We never move back, we just move forward. It’s worth showing the world what we are capable of.”
All content will be uploaded to the IPC’s YouTube Channel , the IPC website and the respective bloggers’ social media accounts. In addition, rights-holding broadcasters can access the footage via a separate content management system. Media outlets can sign up below for notifications when athletes publish new blogs, allowing them to share this content with their readers and viewers.
IPC Communications & Media Director Craig Spence said: “We’re excited to once again give millions of viewers around the world the chance to get a closer look at the Paralympics through the eyes of the Samsung Paralympic Bloggers. This time in PyeongChang, team officials and super-fans will also join the team to show the world a unique perspective of life inside a Paralympic Games.”
The PyeongChang 2018 Samsung Paralympic Bloggers is an extension of a project which began at London 2012 and continued through Sochi 2014 and Rio 2016.
The Paralympians who took part in the Samsung Paralympic Bloggers programme at the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games were also successful off camera, picking up 13 golds, 12 silvers and 10 bronze medals.
The Samsung Paralympic Bloggers for PyeongChang 2018
Arly Velasquez (Para alpine skiing, Mexico)
Andrew Kurka (Para alpine skiing, USA)
Ailish Forfar (Samsung Paralympic Reporter, Canada)
Aline Rocha (Para Nordic skiing, Brazil)
Bang Minja (Wheelchair curling, Korea)
Bitao Huang (Para Nordic skiing, China)
Christiane Putzich (Wheelchair curling, Germany)
Danielle Saenz (Samsung Paralympic Reporter, America)
Erin Latimer (Para alpine skiing, Canada)
Hideki Arai (Team official, Japan)
Isabel Dominguez (Team official, Spain)
Josh Pauls (Para ice hockey, USA)
Kurt Oatway (Para alpine skiing, Canada)
Maciej Krezel (Para alpine skiing, Poland)
Markus Salcher (Para alpine skiing, Austria)
Megan Psyllos (Team official, USA)
Nicole Roundy (Para snowboard, USA)
Patrik Hetmer (Para alpine skiing, Czech Republic)
Rudolf Klemetti (Para Nordic skiing, Finland)
Samuel de Ceccatty (Samsung Paralympic Reporter, France)
Sini Pyy (Para Nordic skiing, Finland)
Víctor González (Para snowboard, Spain)
Wataru Horie (Para ice hockey, Japan)
Yawei Jin (Para Nordic skiing, China)
Yu Mankyun (Para ice hockey, Korea)
For more information on acquiring footage as a rights holding broadcaster or signing up for notifications when a blog is published, please contact Matt Rapinet.