Ceska Posta issued a stamp dedicated to the Winter Paralympic Games in Sochi 2014. The stamp illustrates a sledge-hockey player.
The origins of the Paralympic Games are credited to Professor Ludwig Guttmann, a neurologist and neurosurgeon. A new perspective on the issue of rehabilitation for persons with disabilities was influenced by World War II. In 1944, Professor Guttmann founded a medical center in Stoke-Mandeville Hospital (UK) for the treatment of people with spinal cord disabilities. He later became the founder of the International Stoke Mandeville games for people with disabilities of the musculoskeletal system. These games were the model for the Paralympic Games. The first Paralympic Winter Games took place in 1976 in Ornskoldsvik, Sweden.
In the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Games, competitors will compete in five different sports: alpine skiing, biathlon, cross country skiing, ice sledge hockey and curling.