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September 2012

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An Unqualified Success, at Least in London

"By the time the Games ended, the greatest sign that Paralympic sport had made it was in how the journalists in London’s major newspapers addressed the athletes. While online editions of American newspapers (hopping on the bandwagon and finally posting something about the Games) found it necessary to explain that the Paralympics is an athletic event for “physically challenged” athletes, British papers were discussing the brilliance of their hometown athletic heroes without once having to mention that one was a dwarf, the other an amputee or another a paraplegic. They were merely referred to as marathoners, swimmers or sprinters, and included in the same sentences as Usain Bolt, Mo Farah, and Jessica Ennis." Read story