Spotlight on the Paralympics!

Just wanted to bring up the paralympics since a lot of people aren’t aware that they happen after the regular Olympics every 4 years in the same city the Olympics took place!

They started this week on Aug 29.  My PT student told me about a great story that has happened only 3 days into the Olympics.  I’m sure each of the athletes participating have an inspiring story and hope some of those come to light during the Paralympics!

 

So here’s the first great story I found through my PT student.  Mexico’s Arnulfo Castorena wins Mexico’s first Paralympic medal.

From Yahoo – Mexico’s Arnulfo Castorena wipes his tears after receiving his silver medal for the Men’s 50m Breaststroke SB2 Final event during the London 2012 Paralympic Games at the Aquatics Centre August 30, 2012. Castorena was competing against other athletes who had a similar degree of physical impairment.

It’s hard to tell in the picture, but Mr. Castorena has only 1 fully functioning limb, his R arm, and won a silver in the 50 m breast stroke!!

Here he is in action:

 

Here’s a link to a site with up to date info on news and results from the paralympics:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/olympics/

Here’s the official Paralympics site:

http://www.london2012.com/paralympics/

 

It’s unfortunate that there’s no advertisements at all regarding the paralympics, and you only see the onslaught of ads by companies support olympians and paralympians, but you won’t actually see any paralympians compete unless you search far and wide.  Here’s what I found regarding NBC’s coverage:

NBC Sports obtained rights for five and a half hours of Paralympics coverage from the U.S. Olympics Committee, consisting of four 60-minute highlight segments and a 90-minute wrap-up a week after the games conclude, the company said. Stations in Britain and Australia, meanwhile, are showing hundreds of hours of live coverage, according to the U.K.’s Telegraph newspaper.

So there you have it, if you’re lucky you can catch 5.5 TOTAL hours of coverage! yes!! but thank you NBC for making me suffer through other sports that I could care much less about.

 

Here’s to all Olympians!

One more inspiring photo: U.S. swimmer Jessica Long reacts after winning the women’s 100m Butterfly S8 category at the 2012 Paralympics on Thursday in London. American sports fans may never know. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)



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