Josh Pauls returns to the Winter Paralympics in Sochi after receiving a gold medal in sled hockey at the 2010 Winter Paralympics in Vancouver.

By Brian Rank

Thousands of athletes, volunteers, Paralympic officials and media representatives from 45 countries have gathered in Sochi, Russia for the Winter Paralympic games that begin Friday, March 7. The games are poised to be the largest in history and are the first in Russia.

The 2014 games will feature 575 athletes competing for 72 medals in five adaptive sports categories – alpine skiing, biathlon, cross country skiing, sled hockey and wheelchair curling. Notab