The Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games may still be less than 48 hours old however they have already smashed significant records for ticket sales and online visitors. … 

So far Sochi 2014 has sold 287,000 tickets, beating the previous record set in Vancouver by 57,000 sales.

Yesterday 45,000 people visited the Olympic Park in the coastal cluster and more than 2,000 people attended the evening medals ceremony in Rosa Khutor.

The Games are also proving an online success with more people visiting the IPC’s website www.paralympic.org in the first 24 hours of the Games, than the whole of the Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Winter Games which spanned 10 days.

By 13:00 MST on Sunday 9 March, nearly 85 per cent more people had visited the IPC’s website than they did four years ago, underlining the growing appeal of the Paralympic Games.

Craig Spence, the IPC’s Director of Media and Communications, said: “We are delighted to break two significant records so early during Sochi 2014.

“The Organising Committee has done a great job in raising Paralympic awareness which has helped ticket sales reach their record levels.

“The IPC website appears to be growing in popularity all the time. During London 2012 we had the same number of visitors each day as we did during the whole of the Beijing Games and this looks to be repeating itself here in Sochi when compared to Vancouver.

“Although the visitor numbers for Sochi are slightly lower than what we experienced during London 2012, they are record breaking for a winter Games.”

Visitors to the IPC website during Sochi 2014 can watch over 300 hours of live HD action covering all five Paralympic sports, in addition to taking in live results, previews, reviews and features.

The Sochi 2014 Paralympic Games will run until 16 March. A record 45 countries are taking part in 72 medal events across five sports – alpine skiing, biathlon, cross-country skiing, ice sledge hockey and wheelchair curling.