The Most Famous Paralympian: A Ranking of Illustrious Athletes

Choose the Paralympian you think is the most famous!

Author: Gregor Krambs
Jun 16, 2023 10:18 (Updated on Nov 29, 2023 11:17)
Welcome to StrawPoll, where opinions truly matter! Today, we're diving into the incredible world of Paralympic champions, showcasing their awe-inspiring achievements and unbreakable spirit. Join us as we embark on a quest to determine the most famous Paralympian of all time. From decorated swimmers to remarkable runners and everything in between, these exceptional athletes have defied odds, shattered records, and inspired millions. Cast your vote now, or suggest a deserving Paralympian we may have missed, as we come together to celebrate the triumph of the human spirit and crown the ultimate Paralympic icon. Your opinion counts, so let your voice be heard and be a part of this exciting ranking on StrawPoll!

Who Is the Most Famous Paralympian?

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    Tanni Grey-Thompson is a British wheelchair racer who won 11 Paralympic gold medals and set over 30 world records. She is also a member of the House of Lords and an advocate for disability rights.
    Tanni Grey-Thompson in other rankings
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    Daniel Dias is a Brazilian swimmer who has won 24 Paralympic medals, including 14 golds. He has also set multiple world records in the pool.
    Daniel Dias in other rankings
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    Trischa Zorn
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    Trischa Zorn - an American swimmer who has won 55 Paralympic medals, including 41 golds. She is considered one of the most successful Paralympians of all time.
    Trischa Zorn in other rankings
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    Esther Vergeer is a Dutch wheelchair tennis player who won 7 Paralympic gold medals and set a world record by winning 470 consecutive matches. She retired in 2013 as one of the greatest wheelchair tennis players of all time.
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    Lee Pearson is a British equestrian who has won 11 Paralympic gold medals in dressage. He is known for his flamboyant performances and advocacy for LGBTQ+ rights.
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    Sophie Pascoe is a New Zealand swimmer who has won 15 Paralympic medals, including 9 golds. She has also set multiple world records in the pool.
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    David Weir is a British wheelchair racer who has won 6 Paralympic gold medals and multiple world championships. He is also a marathon runner and has raised thousands of pounds for charity.
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    Oscar Pistorius is a South African sprinter and double amputee who competed in both the Paralympic and Olympic Games. He won 6 Paralympic gold medals and set multiple world records, but his career was cut short due to a high-profile murder case.
    Oscar Pistorius in other rankings
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    Natalia Partyka
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    Natalia Partyka is a Polish table tennis player who was born without a right hand and forearm. She has competed in both the Paralympic and Olympic Games, winning multiple medals in both.
    Natalia Partyka in other rankings
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    Michael Johnson
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    Michael Johnson is a Canadian swimmer who has won 23 Paralympic medals, including 7 golds. He has also set multiple world records in the pool.
    Michael Johnson in other rankings

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Ranking factors for famous Paralympian

  1. Sporting Achievements
    The Paralympian's success in their respective sport events, such as winning medals, setting records, or consistently performing at a high level.
  2. Visibility and Recognition
    The Paralympian's visibility in the media and public recognition, both within the Paralympic community and beyond. This includes their popularity and presence on social media, interviews, appearances, and the overall impact they have made.
  3. Overcoming Adversity
    The Paralympian's personal story and the challenges they have overcome, such as disabilities, injuries, or other obstacles. Their ability to inspire and motivate others is an important aspect of their fame.
  4. Advocacy and Awareness
    The Paralympian's efforts in advocating for disability rights, inclusivity, and raising awareness about their sport and the Paralympic movement. Their involvement in charitable causes and initiatives also plays a role.
  5. Cultural and Global Impact
    The Paralympian's influence on society, cultural impact, and international recognition. This can include their representation of their country, breaking down societal barriers, or challenging stereotypes related to disability.

About this ranking

This is a community-based ranking of the most famous Paralympian. We do our best to provide fair voting, but it is not intended to be exhaustive. So if you notice something or Paralympian is missing, feel free to help improve the ranking!


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Voting Rules

A participant may cast an up or down vote for each Paralympian once every 24 hours. The rank of each Paralympian is then calculated from the weighted sum of all up and down votes.

More information on most famous paralympian

The Paralympic Games have become a global platform for athletes with disabilities to showcase their remarkable abilities and inspire millions worldwide. The event has produced some of the most celebrated and accomplished athletes in the world, who have overcome incredible odds to compete at the highest level. Among these athletes are Paralympians who have not just won medals, but also captivated the world with their inspiring stories of triumph over adversity. In this article, we take a closer look at some of the most famous Paralympians of all time and explore what makes them stand out from the crowd.

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