The dust has barely settled and people are still struggling to get back into work mode after the 2012 Olympics took center stage. In twelve days' time, the world will again refocus their attention on London. This time it is the turn of the Paralympics. The tournament starts on the 29th of August and is set to be every bit as thrilling as the Olympics was.
LOCOG (London Organizing Committee of the Olympics and Paralympics Games) chair, Sebastian Coe has stated that there will be four flames created at the four highest peaks in the United Kingdom (UK) to ensure that the spirit of each home nation is represented in the 'Paralympic Flame'.
The flame will travel to the capitals of the four nations and will spend a day there focusing celebrations on the upcoming Paralympics. The Flame will eventually come to rest on opening night in the center of London, where the games will kick off.
Once again water will be a key debate and water cooler rental London will increase drastically, as athletes' look for clean water to keep hydrated through the games. There are three Paralympians to watch out for in the upcoming games:
Number One – David Weir, Great Britain
Britain is the leading nation in Paralympic sports and in Britain David Weir is their best athlete. He won gold in the eight hundred meter and one thousand five hundred meter wheelchair racing categories. Weir grown up walking with callipers (an apparatus designed to take the weight off your lower limit and allow you to walk), as his parents discouraged him from using a wheelchair. When technology evolved and allowed for better and faster wheelchairs, Weir to the wheels. He is now considered the best all-round race in the world in the event.
Number Two – Jerome Singleton, USA
Jerome is a talented sprinter and a truly great all-round sportsman having played football, basketball and running track at school level. To add to that Singleton has degree in engineering (with a triple major in maths, applied physics and industrial engineering). He was born without fibula in his right leg, with doctors amputating his leg below the knee at eighteen months. Singleton beat Oscar Pistorius in the 100m at the World Championships and looks set on getting gold in London.
Number Three – Esther Vergeer, Netherlands
Esther has been the world number one in wheelchair tennis for the last thirteen years and is extraordinary to watch on court. At the age of seven Vergeer had an operation on the bone marrow in her spine, when she woke after the operation she was paralysed from the waist down. Sport was the bases for her rehabilitation and since then she has become a wonder woman of wheelchair tennis.