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 Posted: Fri Aug 27th, 2021 08:00 am
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I've got them on right now, in Britain we get live coverage almost throughout, on the Channel 4 website there are live feeds from most of the sports.  As I type, Britain is 2nd in the medals table. 

Given that Michael Johnson prefers to work for the BBC than for an American broadcaster because American broadcasting of the Olympics is so gash, and seeing that the USA is down in 9th in the medals table, I'm guessing there is next to no interest in parasports Stateside.  Is there any coverage or much interest in them?



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 Posted: Fri Aug 27th, 2021 10:23 am
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I've never seen them on TV. I'm not saying they aren't, but I've never seen then advertised.



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They're running on the NBC Sports Network. But obviously at odd hours, similar to when the Olympics were on. That pretty much guarantees minimal viewers.

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Sports Illustrated always includes coverage in their Olympic preview issues, which I doubt many read. Other than that, and this post, I wouldn’t be aware that the Paralympics were happening.



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I don't understand how they match competitors up and determine divisions. For example, I just saw a video clip of table tennis where a competitor with no arms (he held the ping pong paddle in his mouth and tossed the ball to serve with his foot) competed against another player who had issues with his legs but was able to walk although it was with a significant limp/stagger. This doesn't even seem like a fair match as I would expect the player with the ping pong paddle in his mouth to be totally overmatched. Surprisingly, it was a competitive match even though the "paddle in mouth guy" lost. How he was able to play and make such powerful shots without giving himself whiplash or at least getting severely dizzy is amazing to me.

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They do some rather complex tests in each event to get a rough equivalency across disabilities. Sometimes it does not come out fair, because there is no easy way to do it, without splitting a sport up into a ridiculous amount of categories.

One thing that is quite clever is that some of the relay and team events mix up different disabilities. Each level of disability is given a point score and the team has to be at least at that level. So you might get e.g. a swimming relay where one member has intellectual disabilities and is mighty fast, but that means their team-mates have to have much more severe disabilities than those on other teams.

One unexpected side-effect of Paralympics coverage is that it gave Public Enemy their only top 10 hit here. "Harder In More Ways" was used as the theme for the Paralympic coverage in London 2012 (and still is, as well as for The Last Leg, a comedy show spun off from it), and suddenly loads of people who probably had never heard of Spike Lee or the 1980s rushed out and downloaded it.



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I saw some sort of hand bike thingy with people that I guess have issues with their lower body. It was almost like they were riding a bike built like a crosstrek machine, you pumped the handles with your arms and that is how the bike moved forward. And they were going fast as hell.



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I have a hard time watching the wheelchair events such as wheelchair rugby or wheelchair basketball. Some of the games are so physical it is like watching car crashes as the players slam their chairs into each other, knock each other over, and slam to the floor with the player strapped inside the chair.

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Wheelchair rugby (murderball) was the sport that saw the biggest take-up after the 2012 Games.  Many were turned away for not being disabled enough.  Apparently many participants love that they are not, for once, treated as fragile cargo, and can go and have a bash without fear.

The reigning champion in one of the handbike classes is Alex Zanardi, the Italian racing driver who lost both his legs in an horrific crash at the Lausitzring in 2001.  Unfortunately he had another horror accident in training when for some reason (well, basically, because it was Italy) an articulated lorry was allowed to drive up a set of roads being used for racing and he got run over.  He was in a coma for months and is still recovering from it.



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