The 2008 Paralympics in Pictures

Over 4,200 athletes from 148 countries are taking part in the 2008 Summer Paralympic Games in Beijing, through September 17th. The Boston Globe has a roundup of great images. Shown is Melissa Stockwell at the Water Cube. She is one of two participating US athletes who lost limbs while serving in Iraq. Link -via Gizmodo

(image credit: Greg Baker/AP)

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I think it's kind of insulting that these games aren't televised. Why wouldn't there be as many thrills and excitement as in the "regular" Olympics? Personally, I think it would be more amazing to see a handicapped swimmer win a gold medal than some pumped-up "normal" android (or whatever the hell Phelps is). Oh, well.
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Thank you for sharing this! I'm embarrassed to admit that I hadn't even heard of the Paralympics before this. As others commented on the Boston Globe website, this has received very little media coverage, and that's a shame.
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