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A Not So Final Note on the Other Olympics in Russia: Paralympics


Events in the Ukraine have certainly overshadowed the Paralympics taking place in Sochi, but that didn’t prevent some 45 teams and approximately 550 athletes from competing in the 11th Winter Paralympics. Even though the United States did not send a planned presidential delegation to the Winter Paralympics in Sochi as part of measures drawn up to protest Russia’s incursion into Ukraine, seventy-four U.S. athletes and six guides did have a chance to compete.

In the Philadelphia Inquirer “supporters say the Paralympics reflect the Games’ original premise of showcasing exceptional warriors by showing how they adapt.” However, U.S. network coverage was limited.

According to our sources, the best national coverage could be found on the TeamUSA website.

Some of the best photos are on the Eurosport website.

As Alison Holt of the BBC implores, “During the warm glow of the Paralympics we had an inspiring glimpse of a world where people are celebrated for what they can do. The challenge now is to build on that.” We must avoid letting the disabled become invisible after the press leaves.

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