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March 18, 2010

2010 Winter Paralympics

Torchbearer Daniel Wesley carries the Paralympic flame during the Torch Relay at the Opening Ceremony of the 2010 Vancouver Winter Paralympic Games at BC Place on March 12, 2010 in Vancouver, Canada. (Hannah Johnston/Getty Images)

"Over 500 athletes from 44 countries around the world have once again descended on Vancouver Canada, for the 2010 Vancouver Winter Paralympic Games, (officially known as the X Paralympic Winter Games). After a separate torch relay and opening ceremony, competitors faced off in five different sports: Sledge hockey, Wheelchair curling, Alpine skiing, Biathlon, and Cross-country skiing - the last three broken into classes of sitting, standing and visually impaired. Currently Russia is leading the medals race, with Canada and Ukraine tied for second place. The Winter Paralympics continue until the Closing Ceremony on Sunday March 21st."

There is a wonderful array of photos in the Boston Globe. You really need to see them. I can't add more. The photos speak for themselves.

24 comments:

Brian Miller said...

beautiful..inspiring...

Jana said...

I envy the courage and determination of these athletes…makes me feel downright cowardly that I am scared of my visits to the dentist…

totally unrelated but I think it makes my point clear

secret agent woman said...

Thanks for the link - those are really amazing photos.

Attila The Mom said...

Thanks so much for posting this!

Jeanie said...

These athletes are amazing and their courage is very inspiring.
I fear I would never be as brave as they are.

DJan said...

When I think of the difference in media coverage between the regular Olympics and these, it embarrasses me. Fortunately I live close to Vancouver and have been able to see them on the local Canadian channel, but these pictures are truly inspiring.

Syd said...

Good for them. The photos are amazing.

rebecca said...

Thanks for the link. It's too bad that the media doesn't feel this warrants as much attention as the regular Olympics. They showed the regular Olympics on TV round the clock for the duration of the games, yet these are not being televised. How sad. I would've enjoyed seeing these athletes more because of the struggles they endure day-to-day and how they do what they do. Very inspiring...

Kathy M. said...

Thanks for the link, and the inspiration.

Ina in Alaska said...

I love the idea that they do not feel at all limited, proving we are our own worst enemies if we choose to be so!!! Happy Thursday!!! xoxoxo

Margie said...

So very inspiring!
Thank you my dear for sharing!

Margie
x

Nezzy said...

Now here are some REAL athletes! It always amazes me how they powerfully overcome their obstacles. Thanks for the link.

You have yourself a glorious day, sweetie!!!

Realliveman said...

This is why I can't even fathom complaning about anything. Here, people overcome more than I could to achive a level of the highest order. everyone is a winner at these games.

Ronda Laveen said...

When I managed the bowling center, I hosted many wheelchair tournaments. They were amazing. They had one portion of their tournament that was a doubles competition with a walking person. The walking person had to bowl from the chair. It was really hard.

I am glad they involved in such a fine event.

Enchanted Oak said...

The human spirit thrives sometimes despite the body. Thank you for this link.

The Lucy and Dick Show said...

It is so awesome that someone thought of this years ago. What a character builder and booster for anyone and every single person in our world deserves an opportunity like this. Thanks for posting!

Debbie said...

How inspiring. Athletes of all abilities just amaze me. Thanks for the link.

James said...

Wow! You weren't kidding. Those pictures are amazing! Great post.

Have you been taking pictures lately?

Shadowthorne said...

Erm? That's a first. :)

James said...

Hi again T.B. regarding my Weekend Reflections picture. I was outside looking in. The church was closed when I was there.

Good luck with your photogarphy it can become addicting. :)

Kulio said...

Beautiful!!

deb said...

Thank you for the link, and I echo the sentiment expressed already, that the coverage of these pales in comparison.
And yet the courage, the incredible courage.

deb said...

I am without words, after seeing those photos.
Aside from the clarity and colour,
the overwhelming emotion is sacred

beth said...

my hubby, who works for the olympics, is honestly amazed and so so proud of these olympians !! I just wish they could get coverage the way our other olympians do....