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More unnoticed and unmentioned Paralympic Athletes…

November 7th, 2012 · No Comments

As I’ve touched on briefly in previous stories, your humble Sportyblog scribe is visually impaired and hence, the natural tendency to be so enamored by these relatively unknown world class athletes.

 

Here is just a very small sampling of a few more of these most amazing athletes who took part in this year’s Paralympics, who Y’all probably didn’t hear much about in our pathetic “Fair & Balanced” mainstream media…

 

Martine Wright was one of the unfortunate casualties of the totally unnecessary London 7/7 Subway Bombing where she had both of her legs blown off figuratively speaking; enduring twelve operations while amputating both legs above the knees! Yet she like many other athletes in her predicament took this tragedy and turned it into a new career…

 

As Martine, 39-years old now plays a form of volleyball I’d never heard of before, which I’ve named “Sit & Spin,” albeit I doubt they actually spin in competition, as it’s actually known as sitting volleyball. Although the article I’ve just read claims the athletes actually spend the majority of time sliding & spinning during competition.

 

Yet the part of the story I enjoyed the most in regards to this style of volleyball, where athletes sit on their “Bums” on the floor to play, was the comment about the competitors coming into the gym and simply throwing their legs into a pile before beginning play!

 

Martine did indeed make it onto this year’s Great Britain team which was making its debut in the London games - where it lost its first match to Ukraine before being ousted from the games by Holland…

 

Ok, if you’ve been reading Sportyblog recently then you’ll know about the Bladerunner, a.k.a. Oscar Pistorius, arguably one of the Paralympics biggest names. As the South African runner became the first double amputee to contest the summer Olympics vs. able bodied competitors.

 

Thus I was somewhat surprised to discover that the usually graceful, eloquent and affable competitor apparently burst out that the two competitors standing alongside him on the podium were using carbon fibre blades too long… As Oscar finished runner-up to Alan Oliveira in the 200-meter event - then decried that Oliveira’s and Blake Leeper, the bronze medalist blades were illegal…

 

Yet the ICP, (International Paralympics Committee) continued their stance that the blades were legal and the results stood before Pistorius went onto capture another gold medal in the 400m event and then shockingly finished outside of the medals in his final event, when Britain’s Jonnie Peacock finished ahead of South Africa’s Arnu Fourie and US athlete Richard Brown, with Pistorius finishing a disappointing fourth in the 100m…

 

Another unheard of female athlete named Danielle Brown showcases the grit, determination, spunk and spirit of the games competitors. As Danielle suffers from reflex sympathetic dystrophy - which initially struck her at the tender age of eleven, when the searing pain in her feet made it too difficult to continue running anymore…

 

And Brown, now 24 - who still refuses to use a wheelchair fulltime, showed her moxie once again by prevailing for gold in a battle royale vs. Great Britain teammate Mel Clarke, as the two female archers posted perfect scores all the way to the final round’s final arrow, which Danielle took by the slimmest of margins with another perfect score en route to defending her 2008 Beijing gold medal with Clarke having to settle for silver…

 

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