Oct 7, 2008

The Beijing Olympics that nobody heard about

Last month, the Summer Paralympic Games concluded in Beijing, and you probably couldn't name a single athlete that competed. And that is a real shame. Because unlike the more well known athletes who are going to get their faces on cereal boxes, sign endorsement deals for millions, and parley their moment in the world's eye into an entire career, these athletes truly compete for the love of the sport. And they do it against greater odds than any of their able bodied brethren.

The Denver Post ran a column about a local swimmer who has been spending up to 4 hours in the pool a day training, while going to school at the same time. And not studying basket weaving, she wants to go to medical school.

Check out Erin Popovich, she really is somebody you should know.


  1. and the complete lack of coverage by the media -- not even a mention -- how incredibly sad --- these are the true heroes .........

  2. Well... In my own defense, i didn't watch ANY of the olympics at all, and I woudln't know ANY atheletes whatsoever.

    But that's MY excuse: major media organizations HAVE NO excuse whatsoever. Damn them all to hell.

  3. I agree completely. Absolutely shameful.

  4. The best part was that they happened in Beijing, in a country where human rights obviously aren't at the top of the priority list. Hopefully that's inspired some folks there...