The 2012 Paralympic Games in London, England are due to begin in just 42 days on August 29th. To keep track of how much time is left before the Games begin, please visit the London Paralympic Games website. The site also includes a section with a schedule of events. In honor of the Paralympic Games we share with you the stories of past and recent athletes:
- Chantal Benoit (Wheelchair Basketball, Canada) is one of the leading women’s Wheelchair Basketball players of all time. As a member of the Canadian Wheelchair Basketball team for the Paralympics, Ms. Benoit has won three gold and one bronze medal in the last four Paralympic Games. Ms. Benoit was recognized by the International Wheelchair Basketball Federation in 2000 for her contributions to the growth of wheelchair basketball.
- Jiri Jezek (Cycling Track, Czech Republic) has won medals across Cycling disciplines at each of the last three Paralympic Games. Mr. Jezek has won five gold, three silver, and one bronze medal. After the Paralympic Games in Sydney, Mr. Jezek decided to leave his job as a prosthetic technician to become a professional cyclist. This decision paid off when he won gold in the Road Race Time Trial LC2 and silver in the 4km Individual Pursuit at the Athens 2004 Paralympic Games.
- Pal Zzekeres (Wheelchair Fencing, Hungary) first won a bronze medal in Fencing during the 1988 Seoul Olympic Games in the Team Foil event. In 1991, Mr. Zzekeres was in an accident that injured his spine, but he was able to win gold at the Wheelchair Fencing Championships that same year. He won gold during the Barcelona 1992 Paralympic Games in the Individual Foil and he won two more gold medals in Atlanta in 1996. He was on the Paralympic Games Podium on his 40th birthday at the Athens 2004 Paralympic Games.
We look forward to this year’s Paralympic Games and what the athletes will bring to their respective sports.