And Great Britain athletes produced an impressive series of results, beating their target with 120 medals, including 34 golds.
A year to the day since the start of the London 2012 Paralympics, equestrian star Sophie Christiansen, who won three Para-dressage gold medals in London, talks about the legacy of the Games.
Great Britain showed the world how the Paralympics should be done, building on the lessons learned by previous host cities.
By planning the Olympics and Paralympics together, the organising committee ensured that the latter was no longer treated as an afterthought, securing record-breaking ticket sales and guaranteeing that the excitement of London 2012 lasted long into September.
Sophie Christiansen factfile
Date of birth:
14 November 1987
Paralympics Games medals:
Bronze, Championship test Grade 1
Gold, freestyle test grade la
Gold, team open
Silver, Championship test grade 1a
Gold, freestyle test Grade 1a
Gold, Championship test Grade 1a
Gold, team championship
Mainstream media coverage also brought the Paralympics into the spotlight and showed everyone how exciting disability sport can be.
As an athlete, I shall never forget competing in front of a 10,000-strong home crowd and feeling the buzz of anticipation in the air as spectators willed me on
to three gold medals
in the stunning surroundings of Greenwich Park.
In my opinion, the Paralympics are the people's Games.
Not everyone can run as fast as Usain Bolt, but everyone has challenges to overcome.
Paralympic athletes showed what could be done by having the drive and determination to fulfil their potential.
London 2012 inspired a generation. Now, a year on, the word on people's lips is "legacy".
How can we measure the impact the Games had upon both the nation and the world?
To all those who claim there is no legacy, is not the fact we are still talking about the Games a form of a legacy in itself?
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