We’re the Superhumans
Set to a jaunty rendition of Sammy Davis Jr.’s “Yes I Can” by wheeling crooner Tony Dee, this Paralympic video trailer is…just awesome. In a mere three minutes we see 140 athletes, musicians and ordinary people with disabilities, all demonstrating their extraordinary talents. An amputee nails the high jump, a women rolls confidently into the board room, a child eats dinner with her feet and so much more. From the first drum solo by Alvin Law, a thalidomide survivor with no arms, to the final death-defying wheelchair jump by stuntman Aaron “Wheelz” Fotheringham, this uplifting video is all about, “YES I CAN.”
Superhumans Meet in Rio for Paralympic Glory
In Rio de Janiero, 4,350 athletes from more than 160 countries are vying for Paralympic gold. The 22 different events feature competitors with a wide range of disabilities including: impaired muscle power (e.g. paraplegia and quadriplegia, muscular dystrophy, post-polio syndrome, spina bifida), impaired passive range of movement, limb deficiency (e.g. amputation or dysmelia), leg length difference, short stature, hypertonia, ataxia, athetosis, vision impairment and intellectual impairment.
The Games have already generated some impressive results. Led by Algerian Abdellatif Baka, the four top Paralympian runners ran the 1500-meter race faster than the Rio Olympic gold medalist! Great Britain's Georgie Hermitage won a second gold medal with a resounding world-record victory in the T37 400-meter final. Shot-putter Deepa Malik has claimed her place in history by becoming the first Indian woman to win a Paralympics medal. Team USA Rebecca Meyers and Brad Snyder gave gold-medal performances in swimming, with Meyers obliterating her own world record in the S13 400-meter freestyle.
So many athletes, so many stories of triumphs over personal challenges…our hats are off to them all! This video from the London Games epitomizes the supreme efforts and steadfast resolve of these remarkable competitors.
For more information about the Paralympic Games, www.paralympic.org.
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