PARALYMPICS: STRENGTH AND COURAGE

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Did you know that in 1960 the first Paralympics games was held in Rome, ask Italy and had over 400 athletes from 23 countries? Today the Paralympics has over 4,200 athletes from 166 countries and this year 20 were disabled war veterans.

   

And once again, these extraordinary athletes have come together to compete in the 2012 Paralympic games in London.  Oh, you didn’t know?  Well, I’m not surprised.

   

Actually, the Paralympics games will host its closing ceremony tomorrow, Sept 9th. The games kicked off in London on August 29th.

   

It sad that the Paralympics doesn’t get all the fanfare or hoopla like the summer Olympics. In fact, I had to Google to find where I could watch the Paralympics and what came up was “Where to watch the Paralympics – Hint in the U.S. good luck!”

   

There are only a few countries providing coverage of the games. Here in the U.S. some stations are only showing highlights. Your best bet would be to search online. A good website is paralympic.org.

   

Jarryd Wallace who attends the University of Georgia was named to the U.S. Paralympic Track and Field Team. The 22 year-old is the son of University of Georgia women’s tennis coach Jeff Wallace and former Georgia distance runner Sabina Wallace, who was named to the All-Southeastern Conference team.

 


 

Two years ago Jarryd had to make a decision after feeling pain in his leg and finding out he had “Compartment Syndrome.” Jarryd decided to have his leg amputated. Compartment Syndrome is a condition that causes the muscles inside the compartment of the body to swell, restricting blood flow; most common among runners.

   

Jared came close to taking third-place in the Paralympics 4×100 relay on Wednesday (Sept. 5), but a disqualification for changeover problems cost the U.S. team from medaling. He competes today (Sept. 8) in the 400m T44.

   

Jarryd and the other paralympians deserve to be congratulated and celebrated like the summer Olympics. Today (Sept. 8) is the final full day of the games, if you can please make a point to look at some footage of the games on the Internet. It will warm your heart to see these athletes compete with the ultimate strength and courage while representing all of us.

   

Nicole Monique is a That’s Atlanta sports contributor. See what else she has to say on “That’s What She Said Sports” at twsssports.com.

 

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