Started in 1948 the last time the great city of London hosted the Olympic Games the Paralympic Games kicks off with only a year to go to the beginning of the games. In 1948 the World War was over and many of the British soldiers had become disabled in battle. The Olympic Games of course gave the city of London a chance to shine and be the center of the world for a celebration of excellence, as it will in 2012. In 1948 Dr. Ludwig Guttmann of Stoke Mandeville Hospital hosted a sporting competition for the veterans with spinal cord injuries, hence the start of the Paralympic Games. Never again has the games been hosted in London until this coming year when it coincides with the Olympic Games in 2012.