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Lego Honors Paralympian Swimmers With Their Own Figures

Well deserved!
Yip Pin Xiu (left) and Theresa Goh pose after winning medals at ASEAN Para Games in 2015.
Yip Pin Xiu (left) and Theresa Goh pose after winning medals at ASEAN Para Games in 2015.

Lego’s latest offerings are making quite a splash.

The company has immortalized two medal-winning Paralympians from Singapore minifigures. The tiny Lego versions of Yip Pin Xiu and Theresa Goh bear resemblance to both women and come complete with medals.

The toy-makers posted a photo of the swimmers’ Lego treatment to its Facebook page Sept. 13, and it has already received over 4,000 reactions — including one from Goh herself.

Other commenters left overwhelmingly positive feedback, and some wondered where they could buy the minifigures. “Selling these figures can be a good way to raise funds for future support for Paralympic sportsmen and women! Nice one LEGO,” one commenter wrote.

The company told the BBC there were no plans to make the figurines available for sale, however.

Yip won the gold Sept. 10 in the women’s 100m backstroke - S2, a swimming event for people with a physical impairment. The victory made Yip, who has muscular dystrophy, Singapore’s first medal winner in the Rio 2016 Paralympics.

Two days later, Goh won third place in the women’s 100m breaststroke - SB4 finals, also a race for people with physical impairments. It was Singapore’s second medal at the Paralympic games.

Theresa Goh and Yip Pin Xiu pose for a picture during a tour of the Paralympic village.
Theresa Goh and Yip Pin Xiu pose for a picture during a tour of the Paralympic village.

Channel NewsAsia, a news channel in Singapore, pointed out that Goh’s victory was a huge win for the swimmer who was born with spina bifida, a birth defect in which spinal column does not close all of the way.

Goh has competed in the Paralympics since the 2004 games in Athens, and has not won a medal until now.

Yip congratulated her teammate on her third-place win on Instagram with a heartfelt post:

"Nobody knows our journey like us,” Yip wrote. “And I am so incredibly proud of you.”

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