Monday, September 3, 2012

Enjoying the Paralympics

Hubba and I have been enjoying the Paralympic coverage on

Aside from one morning where I messed up on the timezone math and missed the event I wanted to see by an hour, we've been getting up early to see some events.

After the live coverage, the Paralympic Broadcast is posted to YouTube on the ParalympicSportTV channel.

There have been so many amazing things put forth, but one in particular is the men's T54 (wheelchair) 5000m Final.  This is Hubba's class, so we know something about most of these guys.

The race starts at about 3:16 into this video.

The 5000m on the track is a chess game.  It's all about knocking the others off balance and being in the right place at the right time.

One of my favorite athletes to watch is Kurt Fearnley of Australia.  He is so relaxed and patient while he's racing and hometown boy, David Weir, won gold in front of a packed house.  Definitely an event to watch.

If you scroll back to 2:37 then you can also see the amazing Oscar Pistorius be surprised by the young Brazilian athlete, Alan Oliveira, in the 200m.

In my mind, there is little better for the Paralympic Movement than seeing the brilliant Blade Runner, who did so well at the Olympics, have real competition at the Paralympics.


Voie de Vie said...

I could not agree more about Pistorius and his competition! NPR has been carrying event highlights, and they can't stop talking about Pistorious crying foul because the Brazilian's blades are slightly larger than his (but still well within Paralympic guidelines).

The beauty of turn is fair play. :)

Chez said...

We are enjoying watching some of the Paralympics here in Australia as well. The coverage is not as bad as we thought it would be, only the time difference seems to be the problem.