The 2012 Paralympic Games took place in London, England, from August 29-September 9, and featured more than 4,000 athletes with disabilities from more than 160 countries. It was the largest Paralympic Games in history and was broadcast in more countries than ever before.
American athletes competed in 19 sports during the 11 days of competition including archery, boccia, cycling, equestrian, goal ball, judo, power lifting, rowing, sailing, shooting, sitting volleyball, football (soccer) seven-a-side, swimming, table tennis, track and field, wheelchair basketball, wheelchair fencing, wheelchair rugby, and wheelchair tennis.
The 227-member team included 11 U.S. Army Veterans and one wounded Soldier on active duty.
From August 29 through the conclusion of the Paralympic Games on September 9, U.S. Paralympics provided 10 daily video highlights packages via its U.S. Paralympics YouTube channel . The videos chronicled the competition and athlete stories and also included the Opening and Closing Ceremonies. Videos chronicled the lead-up to the competition were available late August.
In addition to the online content, NBC Sports Network , aired one-hour highlight shows on Sept. 4, 5, 6, and 11 at 7 p.m. EDT. Following the Paralympic Games, on Sept. 16, NBC broadcasted a 90-minute special from 2-3:30 p.m. EDT. All NBC and NBC Sports Network Paralympic highlight shows and specials re-aired on Universal Sports Network and UniversalSports.com.
The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) , the global governing body of the Paralympic Movement, also announced its online coverage plans for the 2012 Paralympic Games, which included broadcasting 580 hours of live sports from London on Paralympic.org during the competition.
Each day the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) broadcasted four streams of uninterrupted live coverage from the Paralympics with English commentary, including daily coverage of swimming, wheelchair basketball, and track and field, while a fourth channel covered a range of sports. A fifth channel broadcasted a mixture of sports with Spanish commentary.
More than 1,000 hours of sporting action from a number of venues, including individual races and matches, were available on Paralympic.org as video on demand during the course of the competition. Two daily five-minute news bulletins were produced in English and Spanish.