Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Paralympics - News - Universal Sports

Wow! looks like there will be three hours of paralympic video coverage on-line per day. Opening and closing ceramonies wil be shown as well. For the paralympic movement this is a pretty cool development.
According to the schedule Goalball will be covered on Sept. 14- the day of the semi-final and final games. NBC will do a day of coverage on Oct. 18.
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A few more numbers, cause I find them interesting... 213 athletes from the United States are part of the Paralympic delegation. 4000 athletes are slated to compete in Beijing and 155 countries will be represented at these games. The number of blind folks on the USA team is 22 or 23 and is down a bit from the 2004 games. This certainly highlights the need for programs that cultivate young blind athletes.
Here is a lesson on the Paralympics. I gave the same lesson to my weighter this evening when he started telling other customers that I was going to the special olympics. . Paralympic athletes have physical disabilities and include people who are blind or visually impaired, amputees, people who have CP or who use wheelchairs and people with dwarfism. The paralympics is a competitive event that brings together athletes from around the world. The Paralympics are less funded and not as well known as Special Olympics- thanks to the Kennedy/Shriver family. The special olympics are only for folks with developmental disabilities and are not competitive- anyone with a developmental disability can participate in Special Olympics.
The primary difference is that the Paralympics feature folks with physical disabilities who have all met objective competitive standards and have qualified through successful participation in internationally ranked tournaments/events.
The Paralympics shocases athletes; in 2012 I hope more athletes living with vision loss qualify to participate.

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