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but still not very arsed at all
This is probably because I've got tickets before it starts this time around, had I had the tickets I ended up getting for the Olympics before it started I'd have been more excited about that.
I'd really, really like to be but football's back.
already prefer the paralympics
And it's pretty much exclusively down to Channel 4's amazing promo advert for it:
I have goosebumps everywhere.
We're going to see some Wheelchair Fencing.
if I can't then I probably won't be excited.
Does that help?
this makes me quite sad
He said he's totally cool with it. He said that the athletes will be performing in front of sold out arenas/stadiums, which is unprecedented for paralysed athletes. And even if loads of people are there just because they couldn't get tickets the Olympics, it means that literally tens if not hundreds of thousands of people will be exposed to disabled sport (and by extension, wider disability issues in society) that they may not ever have come into contact with any other way.
So it's good for the athletes and good for disability campaigning.
Or maybe it'll be like one of those hyped gigs in East London where the crowd all stand about chatting.
what is that 'para' short for in Paralympics, if not paralysed?
`...you fucking tool` to that.
Most of the early competitors were wheelchair-bound.
They might've changed it in recent years to be more inclusive of other disibilities, but it didn't initially stand for that, if it does at all.
it did stand for paraplegic.
But it never stood for `paralysed` or `paraffin` or `parallelogram`
Don't get paranoid.
Maybe it stood for parachute or paratrooper.
Which sports that are in the Olympics aren't in the Paralympics, and likewise, do they have any sports themselves that the "proper" Olympics don't?
Cue some nonce opting for a cheap, tasteless gag.
yes they do have sports which aren't in the olympics.
I don't think the Paralympics have badminton, diving, boxing, canoes, heptathlons/triathlons/pentathlons and a few more
What piss-kidney came up with that name?
A quick YouTube would have been wise though, it doesn't look as action packed as the name suggests
I've seen wheelchair badminton, sure i have.
What are the reasons for not having some of these sports? Lack of interest?
Only ask because surely if people who have say, lost lower limbs can take part in athletics they could box, logistically, etc, etc.
Not sure why those sports aren't played as much though.
I'd guess though that because there are several different classifications of disability there just isn't room logistically room for any further expansion. When you've got loads of different 100m sprint medals to give out it eats into the time there could be a heptathlon for example.
That is a worry.
I hope they keep hyping it, I'm easily pleased.
But not sure if I'll watch as much on TV.
I managed to nab athletics tickets which is nice.
Also after watching Best of Men :'(
Every person who manages to compete at the Paralympic Games is incredible and I can't wait to go and cheer them all on
Is doping as strictly regulated as it is in the olympics? Must be a lot harder I would have thought. But then I might just be talking rubbish.
so not very, if at all.
Might go listen to it really loudly.
I would be lying if I were to say I hadn't forgotten about it entirely the past few days
and im not that really interested with the Olympics in general. I watched a good part of it this year though.
It's inspirational to watch people that won't let a disability stop them from doing anything. The strength and skills they need to obtain to get to this level is so admirable. I think it should get more recognition. It's sad that the buzz for it isnt as great, but maybe that will come with time and more awareness.