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Lin Lin
Aug 24th, 2012, 08:06 AM
I wish people could pay more attentions to this,everyone of this event should be a hero:awww:

And best luck to Chinese athlets:DHope they can dominate it again;););)

The official website:
http://www.london2012.com/paralympics/

Halardfan
Aug 24th, 2012, 09:09 AM
Britain has a great tradition in Paralympic sport, I'm sure the games will be a huge success!

nevetssllim
Aug 25th, 2012, 06:31 PM
I can't wait for the Paralympics. :yeah: Normally I don't get a chance to watch them as they just start as I go back to school but that's not an issue this year so I hope to watch as much of them as I can.

I'm really looking forward to watching Ilke Wyludda. She won the Olympic discus title for able-bodied athletes in 1996 and retired from competition in 2000 (I think). She had the lower part of one of her legs amputated last year and she returned to competition this year aged 43. I think she's competing in the shot and discus.

OoohBarracuda
Aug 25th, 2012, 11:49 PM
I'm thoroughly looking forward to the Paralympics Games! Still on a high from how great the Olympics were and didn't feel so blue after it finished because I knew we still had the Paralympics to come. After that's finished though, gonna feel so :sad: I think with the success Team GB had at the Olympics, a lot more people will be tuning in to see the Paralympics now UK-wise. Also looking forward to what the ceremonies will be like (more Kate Bush please!).

My brother saw a billboard from Channel 4 for the Games, saying "Thanks for the warm-up" :lol:

Lord Choc Ice
Aug 26th, 2012, 02:14 AM
Still burned out on the Olympics. IMO they should have them in separate years.

King Halep
Aug 26th, 2012, 06:54 AM
I bet Pistorius will win this one for sure

Monica_Rules
Aug 26th, 2012, 03:09 PM
I'm really looking forward. Team GB tend to finish 2nd and i hope they can imporve on the Beijing total

moby
Aug 26th, 2012, 03:49 PM
Should Pistorius be competing?

Monica_Rules
Aug 26th, 2012, 09:01 PM
Why shouldn't he?

moby
Aug 26th, 2012, 09:26 PM
I don't know. Once you graduate to the top level, and he has by reaching the semis at the Olympics and winning a relay silver at the World's, it seems weird to take a step down. It would be like a top women's player playing juniors even though she is reaching the quarters of the senior slams. There's nothing stopping them, but it doesn't really make sense.

Halardfan
Aug 27th, 2012, 01:18 AM
I read somewhere that the coverage of the games in America will be terribly limited, is that true?

duhcity
Aug 27th, 2012, 01:52 AM
You need to have cable basically to watch it.

But on that front, you wouldn't have seen things like Archery, Judo, Water Polo etc. if you didn't have cable, so it's not a complete slight to the Paralympic games

Monica_Rules
Aug 27th, 2012, 09:05 AM
The thing is though Pistorious has a major challenge in the 100m by a brit whos broken his WR and an american who's beaten him

Stevie_J
Aug 28th, 2012, 12:07 PM
It should be a good games, i enjoy watching the paras as there is always so many events going on

olivero
Aug 28th, 2012, 01:37 PM
I don't know. Once you graduate to the top level, and he has by reaching the semis at the Olympics and winning a relay silver at the World's, it seems weird to take a step down. It would be like a top women's player playing juniors even though she is reaching the quarters of the senior slams. There's nothing stopping them, but it doesn't really make sense.

There's a big difference in those two cases though. Paralympics aren't B/lower version of the regular Olympics. They are to celebrate sport as a way to overcome barriers and any disabilities. And I'm sure that the athletes taking part in it experience something more than just being a part of the competition. I don't see what they have in common with junior events.

Halardfan
Aug 29th, 2012, 09:40 PM
Enjoying the opening ceremony? Are most countries showing it? It's on here in Japan.

Lin Lin
Aug 30th, 2012, 06:56 AM
I didn't watch it:sad:

I wish all these athletes very good luck:hug:

ElusiveChanteuse
Aug 30th, 2012, 12:16 PM
no broadcast :o

Halardfan
Aug 30th, 2012, 12:34 PM
A shame as it was very impressive, and rather beautiful. Apparantly Britain had really been missing that OlymPic feeling and now it has returned. Tickets sales have been unprecedented for a Paralympics.

Gerri
Aug 30th, 2012, 04:38 PM
GB off and running in the medals already :yeah:

I'm really pleased it's sold out but annoyed I left it too late to get any. It's great to see it packed though.

Monica_Rules
Aug 30th, 2012, 08:35 PM
Good first day for Team GB and a lot more to come.

olivero
Aug 30th, 2012, 09:59 PM
Have you guys seen this video? So beautiful!
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Poland with one silver after Day 1 :) just like at the regular Olympics :lol:

Lin Lin
Aug 31st, 2012, 08:29 AM
China is sweeping again:lol:

I am watching wheelchair table tennis:awww:

Lin Lin
Aug 31st, 2012, 08:31 AM
:)
Go!China!:bounce::bounce:

http://www.tennisforum.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=60288&d=1346401858

Lin Lin
Aug 31st, 2012, 08:35 AM
People don't care Paralympics,it's a shame:sad:

olivero
Aug 31st, 2012, 09:01 AM
People don't care Paralympics,it's a shame:sad:

yeah there's no broadcast in Poland at all :o

Halardfan
Aug 31st, 2012, 09:18 AM
Britain off to a positive start, good to see...I've heard that the atmosphere has been electric at some venues. I do wish it was getting wider coverage around the world though.

PhilePhile
Aug 31st, 2012, 09:57 AM
Here are the no charge, non-country restricted (option 2) multiple live streams of different events, schedules and results sites:

Option 1 (U.S.A./Canada)

http://www.youtube.com/user/ParalympicSportTV (SD or up to 720p HD VOD/live streams)


Option 2 (International)

http://smart.paralympic.org/player/Main.html ( SD quality VOD/live streams )

Dani12
Sep 1st, 2012, 02:33 AM
13 yeard old Aussie won bronze in swimming :eek:

nevetssllim
Sep 1st, 2012, 09:05 AM
Britain off to a positive start, good to see...I've heard that the atmosphere has been electric at some venues. I do wish it was getting wider coverage around the world though.

It really has. :yeah: All of the venues have been full to the rafters. The atmosphere for Holly Cockroft's gold medal in the 100m was incredible, and comparable with anything during the Olympics. She's also got the 200m to come and David Weir should also contend for a brace of gold medals too.

Apart from Clare Balding (:worship:) and Ade Adepitan, I can't say I'm overly enamoured by the C4 coverage though. If you're gonna have advert breaks, couldn't we at least strike a deal where we could get rid of the Go Compare adverts for the duration of the Paras? :o

Monica_Rules
Sep 1st, 2012, 10:31 AM
Yes Channel 4 haven't done a great job so far. Team GB looking to be picking up the pace now too. A gold already today adn so many more chances still to come

nevetssllim
Sep 1st, 2012, 10:33 AM
Richard Whitehead was astonishing. :worship:

olivero
Sep 1st, 2012, 11:46 AM
Here are the no charge, non-country restricted multiple live streams of different events, schedules and results sites:

Option 1

http://www.youtube.com/user/ParalympicSportTV/featured?v=W1gmLpM8gi8 (up to 720p HD live streams)

One example (click on play = live stream):

W1gmLpM8gi8


Option 2

http://smart.paralympic.org/player/Main.html ( SD quality streams )

thanks so much :D of course youtube channel is 'not available in your country' :o


btw Natalia Partyka is storming through her draw in table tennis :cheer: defend your title girl! :cheer:

tenn_ace
Sep 1st, 2012, 12:26 PM
Apologies for my ignorance, but why is the Ukranian sprinter Stryzhak is paralympian?

olivero
Sep 3rd, 2012, 09:35 PM
Natalia Partyka has won Gold in table tennis in 3rd consecutive Paralympics :cheer: and Poland already has more medals than in regular Olympics this year

Also huge respect for the Brits. The atmosphere on the athletics stadium (and other arenas) is amazing. It's like watching the Olympics again :worship:

Halardfan
Sep 3rd, 2012, 11:01 PM
Natalia Partyka has won Gold in table tennis in 3rd consecutive Paralympics :cheer: and Poland already has more medals than in regular Olympics this year

Also huge respect for the Brits. The atmosphere on the athletics stadium (and other arenas) is amazing. It's like watching the Olympics again :worship:

Following the Olympics some suggested that the games should be held in Athens permanently...in that context one could make a strong case that the Paralympics should always be held in London. By most accounts they are a great success. I'm proud of that.

Lin Lin
Sep 4th, 2012, 03:43 AM
China:eek:

King Halep
Sep 4th, 2012, 09:23 AM
'We aren't racing a fair race': Pissedorius furious after shock 200m defeat

Watch drama race here: http://www.smh.com.au/sport/we-arent-racing-a-fair-race-pistorius-furious-after-shock-200m-defeat-20120903-25908.html

South African legend Oscar Pistorius lost his first competitive 200 metre sprint this morning at the London Paralympic Games and then lit another controversy for officials to handle when the celebrated athlete questioned the fairness of the prosthetics worn by his Brazilian conqueror.

Those in attendance for Pistorius's first final in the stadium since his participation in the Olympic Games last month were left stunned as Pistorius, who had a large lead as he entered the straight, was run down by Alan Oliveira.
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Oliveira won the T44 race in 21.45 seconds, with Pistorius 21.52 and American Blake Leeper finishing in 22.46.

However, it was not only the crowd that was unhappy that Pistorius was not able to complete his fairytale return to the Paralympic arena following his foray into the Olympics, where he ran a 400 semi-final and was part of the South African 4x400 relay team that made the final .

The International Paralympic Committee use a formula to determine the length of the blades used by competitors and the prosthetics, or carbon fibre blades were measured on race day, but Pistorius claimed that Oliveira's were too long.

"We’re not racing a fair race here," Pistorius said.

"I don't think there's any difference in the stuff that he uses and we use, it's all the same but there are restrictions on their heights and the guys have made their heights a lot higher in the last couple of months so I think that definitely needs looking at," Pistorius said.


"If you look at videos from last year, Alan was shorter than me but now he’s taller than me. I don’t take away from their performances. I think they’re great athletes, but it’s clear that these guys have very long strides.

"Alan's a great athlete he's always been up there among the top. I think he's a terrific guy and a terrific athlete but he's never run a 21 second race and I don't think he's a 21 second athlete.":eek:

"I've never lost a 200 race in my career. I've never seen a guy come back from eight metres on the 100 metre mark to overtake me on the finish line. I've never seen that in my life."

Pistorius said he raised concerns to the IPC after the US trials, "but nothing's been done about it".

"I believe in the fairness of sport I believe in running on the right length. We've got a formula that is pretty much the same for every person ... and I stuck with that years."

However, the IPC which has dithered and backflipped for days after a bungle in awarding the medals for the F35/36 discus competition, was quick to act on Pistorius' comments. He was taken back to the media to stand with an IPC spokesperson who read a prepared statement.

"Following tonight's race Oscar has shared his concerns with the International Paralympic Committee and we have had a meeting discuss those concerns," the director for communications Craig Spence said.

" We have agreed that we will meet again with our Science and Medial Director for Oscar to share his concerns without the emotions of tonight's race and the timing of that meeting will be established in due course.


The Brazilian finished like the Chinese woman IM swimmer outsprinting Ryan Lochte :eek:

PhilePhile
Sep 4th, 2012, 10:10 AM
While Pistorius claimed it was an unfair race because he couldn't compete with Oliveira's stride length, South African sports scientist Ross Tucker found that the loser in fact took six fewer steps than the winner.

"The leg-length issue is an `advantage' that Pistorius has always had, and we've been watching him compete for years not knowing if he's done the exact same thing as he is now accusing Oliveira of," Tucker wrote in an analysis of the race on his SportsScientists.com website.

- Associated Press, sports.espn.go.com (http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/wire?section=oly&id=8333089) , updated: September 3, 2012, 7:42 PM ET

Certinfy
Sep 4th, 2012, 12:12 PM
Haven't watched anything but won 2 tickets to the evening session of athletics tomorrow, seems like the tickets are in the middle of the main straight as well. Looking forward to it providing Berdych vs Federer is a night match as I can't miss that. :o

nevetssllim
Sep 4th, 2012, 04:29 PM
Ilke Wyludda (who won the Olympic discus title in 1996) competes in the F57/58 discus tonight. Good luck Ilke! It would be such an awesome story if she took away a medal after her leg was amputated in 2010.

Cilla
Sep 4th, 2012, 09:49 PM
The Brazilian (Silva) on the podium celebrating 400m silver :rolls: So fun :yeah: The gold medalist too :)

Dave Weir :worship:

Lin Lin
Sep 5th, 2012, 07:33 AM
too many medals for china:eek:

PhilePhile
Sep 5th, 2012, 09:29 AM
China Disability Sports Training Center in Beijing (http://www.caspd.org.cn/web/preview.aspx?structid=3698&subid=368) (the largest of its kind), where half of the Chinese athletes trained:

http://www.caspd.org.cn/edit/UploadFile/2010823141254046.jpg http://www.caspd.org.cn/edit/UploadFile/2011311029331312.jpg

http://www.caspd.org.cn/edit/UploadFile/201222115249063.jpghttp://www.caspd.org.cn/edit/UploadFile/20122211448574000.jpg

http://www.caspd.org.cn/edit/UploadFile/2012221145032548.jpghttp://www.caspd.org.cn/edit/UploadFile/20108231411408065.jpg



Opening ceremony of the 8th National Games for the Disabled in Hangzhou (Oct 11, 2011):

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english2010/photo/2011-10/12/131185991_11n.jpg

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english2010/photo/2011-10/12/131185991_51n.jpg

Lin Lin
Sep 5th, 2012, 01:54 PM
Good for these boys and girls:awww:

Pvt. Kovalenko
Sep 5th, 2012, 05:14 PM
Alessandro Zanardi won the Gold Medal in Cycling

http://p2.trrsf.com.br/image/fget/cf/619/464/img.terra.com.br/i/2012/09/05/2537779-5676-rec.jpg

He's a LEGEND!! :sobbing: :worship:

Halardfan
Sep 9th, 2012, 10:00 PM
Terrific closing ceremony, terrific Paralympics.

I doubted Britain could put on such a good show across the Olympics and Paralympics, though I hoped for the best.

Well done Britain!

Lin Lin
Sep 9th, 2012, 10:22 PM
:yeah:

DeucesAreWild
Sep 10th, 2012, 04:54 PM
Paralympic athletes are very inspirational. They do not allow physical limitations to limit their minds as to what is possible. :hatoff: to every participant.