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London Paralympics

Envision Your World

Kristin Duquette | Posted 12.10.2013 | Impact
Kristin Duquette

I never thought I could feel so empowered and inspired on a 16-hour flight to the United States. From the time I entered the car on my way to O.R. Tambo International Airport, I began typing my thoughts and ideas about social change on my iPhone while taking occasional breaks to look up at the beautiful South African sunset.

I Stand By Victoria Arlen

Kristin Duquette | Posted 10.19.2013 | Sports
Kristin Duquette

Arlen is currently a member of the U.S. Paralympic National A Team and was set to compete in Montreal this month. Upon arriving, Arlen was notified by the IPC that she was ineligible to compete in IPC-sanctioned competitions due to the possibility of walking in the future.

WATCH: This Video Will Make You Cry

Posted 12.07.2012 | Parents

Over at Love That Max, Ellen Seidman blogs about "raising kids with special needs who kick butt." To that end, she posted this tear-jerker of a video...

A Greatness We Never Knew We Could Achieve

Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks | Posted 11.22.2012 | Religion
Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks

Apart from the Paralympics themselves, for me the most moving moment of an extraordinary summer was the BBC film, "The Best of Men," about the person who inspired the games, the late Dr. Ludwig Guttmann. It is a story of hope rescued from several kinds of despair.

Obamas Salute Olympians, Paralympians

AP | MARK S. SMITH | Posted 09.14.2012 | Sports

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama gathered Team USA at the White House on Friday to hail the Olympians and Paralympians as conquering heroes. "We ...

Candoco: Thinking Beyond the Body (VIDEO) | Posted 11.12.2012 | Arts

Coldplay have left the stadium but the buzz surrounding the Paralympic Games looks set to continue. Some feedback credits London 2012 for bridging the...

The 'Greatest Paralympics Ever' Come to an End

Dorian de Wind | Posted 11.11.2012 | Sports
Dorian de Wind

Here are some of the adversities our 20 military Paralympians have faced and how they have turned them into opportunities.

The Transhuman Paralympic Games

Andy Miah | Posted 11.10.2012 | Sports
Andy Miah

As technology improves, and as Paralympians get better, they may no longer desire to compete in the Paralympic Games, favoring the more high profile Olympic Games.

Ex-Race Car Driver Wins Paralympics Gold

AP | DANICA KIRKA | Posted 09.09.2012 | Sports

LONDON -- Alex Zanardi just loves to race. But what he really likes to do is win. The former Formula One driver took the Paralympic gold medal Wednes...

WATCH: 'Blade Runner' Dominates In 400 To Conclude Dual-Games Summer

AP | ROB HARRIS | Posted 11.08.2012 | Sports

LONDON — Oscar Pistorius completed his groundbreaking dual-games trip to London by finally winning an individual gold, defending his Paralympic ...

WATCH: Teen Without Arms Sinks Amazing Half-Court Basketball Shot

Posted 09.07.2012 | Good News

If you think sinking a half-court basketball shot is tough, try doing it without arms. Ryan Leonard, a North Carolina teen who WGHP-Fox 8 reports w...

WATCH: Injured Brazilian Paralympian Refuses To Quit

AP/The Huffington Post | Posted 09.09.2012 | Sports

For some of the most poignant moments in sports, the agony of defeat merely presents the opportunity for a moving display of resolve, compassion or au...

'Blade Runner' Surrenders Another Paralympics Title

AP | Posted 11.06.2012 | Sports

LONDON — Oscar Pistorius lost another of his Paralympic titles, finishing fourth in the 100-meter final. Jonny Peacock of Britain won the showp...

Navy Vet Blinded In Afghanistan Wins Gold At Paralympics

AP | By ROB HARRIS | Posted 11.20.2012 | Impact

LONDON -- The explosion that took away Brad Snyder's sight couldn't touch the Navy lieutenant's fighting spirit. A year after Snyder stepped on an ...

Iranian Paralympian Snubs Kate Middleton

Posted 09.05.2012 | Sports

While the Olympics and Paralympics aspire to transcend international divisions, cultural and political differences can still become visible. This w...

Shark Attack Survivor Medals At Paralympics

AP | MARIA CHENG | Posted 09.04.2012 | Sports

LONDON -- Paralympic swimmer Achmat Hassiem uses special motivation to go fast: He imagines being chased by the great white shark that bit off his rig...

'Blade Runner' Apologizes

AP | ROB HARRIS | Posted 09.04.2012 | Sports

LONDON -- Oscar Pistorius apologized Monday for the timing of his complaints about a rival's blades following his defeat in the Paralympic 200-meter f...

Pistorius Stunned At Paralympics

AP | ROB HARRIS | Posted 11.02.2012 | Sports

LONDON -- A month after his groundbreaking Olympic debut, Oscar Pistorius was reeling from a stunning upset Sunday in the London Paralympics. The "...

Terror Attack Survivor Becomes Paralympian

AP | STEVE DOUGLAS | Posted 08.31.2012 | Sports

LONDON -- On the volleyball court far below her son's "Go Mummy Go" banner, Martine Wright abruptly slid on her backside across the floor. That littl...

WATCH: Former Marine Goes From Homeless To Paralympic Athlete

Posted 08.31.2012 | Impact

One former Marine from Florida has tackled depression and disability but has yet to find an obstacle she can't overcome. Angela Madsen, 52, who be...

Shakespeare's Beloved Characters Storm London

The Huffington Post | Hallie Sekoff | Posted 08.30.2012 | Arts

This week, Shakespeare’s most famous characters are storming the streets of London. At various landmarks scattered around the city, unsuspecting...

Swimming Blind: Paralympian Colleen Young's Story

Posted 08.19.2013 | Healthy Living

By Jaimie Dalessio, Senior Reporter When Colleen Young swims, she searches for a line on the floor of the pool. As that line comes into focus, sh...

LIVE: Paralympics Opening Ceremony

AP | SHEILA NORMAN-CULP | Posted 10.29.2012 | Sports

LONDON — Volleys of fireworks lit up the night sky, Beverley Knight belted out "I am what I am," and Britain's first Paralympic gold medalist li...

Live From the 2012 Paralympic Games

Judith Vecchione | Posted 10.29.2012 | Sports
Judith Vecchione

The world's second largest sporting event, the Paralympics, begins today. During the Games there is no live broadcast in the U.S. Where to watch?

An Instant of Social Change

Meredith Hutchison | Posted 10.29.2012 | Good News
Meredith Hutchison

When I first encountered Leon he was not downtrodden in a corner, he was not splayed on a hospital bed, he wasn't even in a wheelchair. He was instead a shiny red blur whizzing by me at a cool 25 mph down a bumpy stretch of torn concrete.