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shironinja
9/28/2004 11:16am,
We (westerners) SUCK.


Several broadcasters - including the BBC in Britain and CCTV in China - offered daily live coverage as well as highlights.

But the most notable exception was the United States, where NBC paid $US793 million ($1.11 billion) for able-bodies Olympics broadcast rights, but the rights to the Paralympics remained unsold.

"The Paralympic movement needs broadcast coverage in the United States," said Craven, noting the Athens Games lost money, without providing details. source: http://www.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,4057,10912212%255E1702,00.html

They and the entire event was pushed under the rug -- it saddens me.

I would be willing to bet there are many who are not even aware the 12th Paralympic Games took place from September 17th --> 29th and was attended by 3.837 athletes, representing a record number of 136 nations.

http://www.athens2004.com/Images/Paralympics%20Gallery/Judo%20Image%20Gallery/20%20September%202004/2115949_b.jpg
(visually impaired judoka at the Paralympic Games)

Information on the games: http://www.athens2004.com/en/

tkdan28
9/28/2004 11:30am,
Shouldn't a blind judoka be able to compete in the "able-bodied" Olympics? I wouldn't think being blind would hender Judo or Wrestling much, but not having wrestled since grade school what the hell do I know?

shironinja
9/28/2004 11:32am,
Apparently there are not many (any?) blind / visually impaired people who get to the regular Olympics judo ... so it may indeed be a factor.

http://www.athens2004.com/Images/Paralympics%20Gallery/Wheelchair%20Fencing%20Image%20Gallery/20%20September%202004/51328806_b.jpg
(Wheelchair fencing -- how cool is that?)

Ronin
9/28/2004 11:38am,
I feel ashamed to say that I didn't follow the paraolympics...

shironinja
9/28/2004 11:46am,
I don't know anyone (including myself) who followed the Paralympics. But in part this is due to how it was treated by the media. It does NOT appear to have recieved a great deal of coverage.

Regardless so many athletes went out to represent OUR countries ... and succeeded.

Rank by Gold Medals

1 CHN China 63 Gold
2 GBR Great Britain 35 Gold
3 CAN Canada 28 Gold
4 USA United States 27 Gold
5 AUS Australia 26 Gold
6 UKR Ukraine 24 Gold
7 ESP Spain 20 Gold
8 GER Germany 19 Gold
9 FRA France 18 Gold
10 JPN Japan 17 Gold

more: http://www.athens2004.com/en/ParalympicGamesMedals/paralympics/medals

GregW
9/28/2004 2:26pm,
I did follow Judo and the US got a silver and two bronze medals. I think that both of our Bronze medalists won gold 4 years ago. Pretty cool that Judo is played not only in the Olympics, but the Paralympics and Special Olympics as well.

Greese
9/28/2004 2:43pm,
The rules are different for the blind Judoka. With a blind person you start with a grip to begin with, so the whole grip fighting strategy evaporates.

Don Gwinn
9/28/2004 9:21pm,
If people are interested in seeing it, and the media squashes it, that's a shame.

That doesn't generally happen, though, because if all that many people wanted to see it, they'd watch commercials as they did so and the networks would then buy the rights so they could sell the commercials and make a profit.

What's the big deal? Do you expect them to buy the Paralympics, the Senior Olympics, the Special Olympics, the Junior Olympics, the Fetish Olympics and those Olympics they have for heart-attack survivors now too?

Matsufubu
9/29/2004 7:38am,
Originally posted by shironinja
http://www.athens2004.com/Images/Paralympics%20Gallery/Wheelchair%20Fencing%20Image%20Gallery/20%20September%202004/51328806_b.jpg
(Wheelchair fencing -- how cool is that?)

I know it's awful, but...


HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHHAAHAHHAHAHAHAHA!

I've a good mind to adopt that as an avatar!

SLJ
9/29/2004 8:32am,
I watched the swimming, and it looked pretty unfair. Some guy with no arms or legs at all was competing, and he got beat bad.

It was a brave effort, but he didn't stand a chance.

shironinja
9/29/2004 10:59am,
Originally posted by SLJ
It was a brave effort, but he didn't stand a chance. In 1996 this guy Peter Hull...

http://www.nqsouthern.com/digitalpublication/digitalpublications/images/113/editorial/2634.jpg

... won three gold medals at the Paralympics for swimming despite that he was born without arms or legs.... just the stumps you see above.

source: http://www.nqsouthern.com/digitalpublication/digitalpublications/index.cfm?dpid=113&section_id=803&article_id=2413

THAT is heart.

shironinja
9/29/2004 11:00am,
Originally posted by Don Gwinn
What's the big deal? Do you expect them to buy the Paralympics, the Senior Olympics, the Special Olympics, the Junior Olympics, the Fetish Olympics and those Olympics they have for heart-attack survivors now too? Kerri Strug (below) got put on the Wheaties cereal box for competing with a strained ankle and getting gold.

http://www.strug.org/images/gala96a.jpg

But these people who compete WITHOUT THEIR FEET?!! Society looks the other way and they don't even make it to many western televisions.

Does that put it in perspective for you?

SLJ
9/30/2004 4:05am,
"THAT is heart."

What is steel compared to the hand that wields it ?

shironinja
9/30/2004 9:44am,
Peter Hull didn't use steel as it tends to be heavier than water which would be of reduced usefulness in a swimming event.

Now if you are trying to infer a Conan the Barbarian reference the line before your quote mentions power and not heart!!!1

"That is strength boy! That is power!
What is Steel compared to the hand that wields it?
Look at the strength in your body,
the desire in your heart, I gave you this!
Such a waste, contemplate this on the tree of woe.
Crucify him."

TKDCritic
9/30/2004 10:38am,
wheel chair fencing looks sweet