SOCHI, Russia – March 6, 2014 – Today Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., the Worldwide Olympic and Paralympic Partner in the Wireless Communications Equipment category, unveiled its Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games campaign. The program celebrates the achievements of Paralympic athletes and offers fans around the world a chance to see the Games through the athletes’ eyes.
Starting today, fans can watch videos created by the athletes themselves using Samsung Galaxy Note 3 smartphones as part of its “Sochi 2014 Samsung Paralympic Bloggers” partnership with the International Paralympic Committee (IPC). Fans in Sochi can also experience a day in the life of someone who is visually-impaired in a new demo called “Dialogue in the Dark”, and also experience Paralympic sport through an interactive ice sledge hockey zone located in the Samsung Galaxy Studio Olympic Park.
Fan engagement will also build through Samsung’s mobile and social programs during the Games, including interactions on its Sochi 2014 WOW mobile app and a new video releasing today on social channels worldwide as part of Samsung’s “What’s Your Problem? Sport Doesn’t Care” campaign, featuring a young potential Paralympian who sends a message of inspiration.
“Through our partnership with the IPC and access to inspirational athletes, Samsung is in a unique position to provide an opportunity for people worldwide to see and experience the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in a new way, directly from the perspective of the athletes,” said Younghee Lee, Executive Vice President of Global Marketing, IT & Mobile Division at Samsung Electronics. “Through on-the-ground activations in Sochi and our mobile technologies and social campaigns, Samsung aims to spread the Paralympic Movement worldwide.”
Following are highlights of Samsung’s Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games campaign:
• Sochi 2014 Paralympic Bloggers: Samsung has partnered with the IPC to provide 30 leading Paralympians the chance to record exclusive behind-the-scenes video blogs during the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games via the Samsung Galaxy Note 3. All of the athlete-generated content will be uploaded to the IPC’s YouTube channel and the athletes’ social media accounts.
• Future Paralympian – “What’s Your Problem? Sport Doesn’t Care”: Meet Keira, a possible future Paralympian who sends a special message without saying a word. The video is the third in the series aiming to inspire people of any age and ability to get involved in sport, and to reinforce how in the eye of sport there is no ability or disability, all that matters is the energy and determination of the athlete.
• “Dialogue in the Dark”: Samsung renovated its Galaxy Studio Olympic Park for the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games. The Studio now includes “Dialogue in the Dark,” a program that allows visitors to experience the life of a visually handicapped person for themselves by putting them through different scenarios encountered on a daily basis such as relying on their senses to navigate markets, cafes, and the outdoors, as well as learning a Paralympic sport. Visitors can also experience Paralympic sport disciplines through an interactive ice sledge hockey experience. Samsung’s WOW mobile app, which provides real-time updates on the Paralympic Games and enables fans to send cheer messages to support the athletes, will also be available for visitors’ demo.
• “Education for Everyone” @ Sochi: Samsung’s “Education for Everyone”, a philanthropy program developed to provide educational opportunities for children with impairments, has been extended to Sochi. This program brings 28 participants to the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games to experience the Games firsthand and to inspire children to achieve their dreams no matter what challenges they are facing. The children participating in the program were selected from 1,000 applicants.
• Samsung Galaxy Team for Paralympics: For the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games, Samsung is supporting 16 athletes from 14 countries, including Paralympians Jessica Gallagher (alpine skiing, Australia), Seung-Hwan Jung (ice sledge hockey, Korea), Katarzyna Rogowiec (cross-country skiing and biathlon, Poland), Anna Schaffelhuber (alpine skiing, Germany) and Greg Westlake (ice sledge hockey, Canada).
“Our partnership with Samsung has made great progress throughout the past several years and is playing an essential role to further develop the Paralympic Movement and share the inspirational stories of Paralympians around the world,” said Sir Philip Craven, President of the IPC. “The unprecedented access that the ‘Sochi 2014 Samsung Paralympic Blogger’ program is providing is something that the IPC is very excited about, and that sentiment will be amplified by the 30 athletes telling their individual stories to the world in the coming weeks.”
Samsung has been a committed partner of the Paralympic Movement since the Torino 2006 Paralympic Winter Games and has been running a range of projects in support of the sponsorship since 2006. In December 2013, Samsung introduced the “Accessibility Map” mobile application for the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games, enabling users to obtain information about city amenities with a barrier-free environment in a easier and quicker way, and Samsung has also been sharing information about recommended travel routes for people with disabilities and nearby locations where they can take up Paralympic sport.
About Samsung’s Involvement in the Paralympic Games
Samsung is a Worldwide Partner of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) in the Wireless Communications Equipment category. Starting with the Torino 2006 Paralympic Winter Games, Samsung has supported the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games, the Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Winter Games, the London 2012 Paralympic Games and is proud to be an official partner of the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games. Samsung aims to make the Paralympic Games an event that reaches a wider audience around the world and to spread the excitement and inspiration of the Games through its wireless communication technologies.
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