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Big Surprise for Strangers Who Helped Stranded Wheelchair Racer

Woman they assisted during NYC Marathon was Paralympic gold medalist Zou Lihong

(Newser) - In a New York minute, a Paralympic athlete's distressing experience turned into an inspiring one thanks to a smartphone app and the kindness of strangers. The New York Times reports on the plight of Zou Lihong, a Chinese wheelchair racer who beat US favorite Tatyana McFadden to win gold... More »

4 Paralympics Runners Best Olympic Gold Time

Visually impaired athletes impressive in 1500 meters

(Newser) - Four visually impaired runners in the 1500 meters at the Rio Paralympics Games just earned some bragging rights: All put up times better than the US runner who took gold in the same Olympics competition, reports the Independent . Their times ranged from 3:48.29 (by gold medal winner Abdellatif... More »

Vogue Gave Models Fake Disabilities for Paralympics

And people aren't happy about it

(Newser) - Vogue Brazil is taking heat this week after Photoshopping physical disabilities onto models for a Paralympics promotion instead of using actual amputees as models. The BBC reports the fashion magazine posted the offending image to Instagram on Thursday. It features models Cleo Pires (with her arm erased) and Paulo Vilhena... More »

Athletes Are Already Getting Robbed in Rio

Australian Paralympian robbed at gunpoint on Sunday

(Newser) - The Olympics are still six weeks away, yet several athletes have already become victims of crime in Rio. Australian Paralympic sailor Liesl Tesch, 47, says a man with a gun demanded money, then pushed her off her bicycle as she rode in a park on Sunday. A second man stole... More »

Paralympics Bars Paralyzed Athlete, Says Problem All in Her Head

Doctors can't find a physical reason for woman's paralysis

(Newser) - A British athlete who has had no feeling from the chest down for four years has been barred from competing in the Paralympics—because doctors say she should not be paralyzed. The strange case involves 23-year-old Charlotte Wilkinson-Burnett, who has been in a wheelchair since slipping in the shower in... More »

Report: Paul McCartney's Ex 'Lunged at' Sports Official

After Heather Mills' Paralympic dreams were thwarted

(Newser) - Heather Mills was apparently hoping to head to Sochi, and not as an observer: Paul McCartney's ex was gunning to qualify for the British Paralympic skiing team, but had those hopes dashed Monday when the International Paralympic Committee ruled a new prosthetic she was using hadn't been ratified... More »

Pistorius Put Legs on to Shoot Reeva: Prosecutor

Argues Steenkamp's death was premeditated as she's cremated in hometown

(Newser) - Oscar Pistorius put on his artificial legs to walk to the bathroom where girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp had fled after an argument and then fired into the locked door, hitting her three times, a prosecutor said at a dramatic court hearing today. Pistorius sobbed at the bail hearing as the prosecutor... More »

Pistorius Doesn't Medal in Bid to Defend Title

He loses in 100 meters, is no longer world's fastest amputee

(Newser) - It's shaping up to be a Paralympics to forget for Oscar Pistorius. In his bid to defend his title as the "world's fastest amputee," the South African failed to even make the medal stand, reports AP . He finished fourth in today's 100-meter race, while British... More »

Whiny Pistorius Apologizes for Outburst

Complained opponents' prosthetics too long, in first-ever Paralympic loss

(Newser) - Oscar Pistorius, one of the most acclaimed Paralympic athletes of all time, suffered a stunning defeat yesterday in the T43/44 200 meters, his first-ever loss in that distance at the Paralympics, reports the Telegraph . Brazil’s Alan Oliveira won with a time of 21.45 seconds, earning accusations from Pistorius... More »

Why Paralympic Athletes Break Their Own Bones cheat, basically

(Newser) - Top athletes will go to extremes to get a competitive edge, but a BBC look at Paralympians shows just how painful, and illegal, those extremes can be. It delves into "boosting," a practice in which these athletes, who have a physical disability, increase performance by upping their blood... More »

London Unveils Weird, One-Eyed Olympic Mascots

World blinks as Wenlock, Mandeville debut

(Newser) - The mascots for London's 2012 Olympic and Paralympic games met the public for the first time yesterday and they're more science fiction than cute and cuddly. Wenlock and Mandeville—named after two small English towns—each have a single eye and the light from a London taxi mounted on their... More »

'Blade Runner' Recovering After Boating Crash

He still plans to compete in May Paralympics

(Newser) - Oscar Pistorius, the double-amputee champion sprinter known affectionately as Blade Runner for his carbon-fiber running legs, is recovering from head and face injuries after a boating accident in South Africa. He and his friends were aboard a vessel that hit an unknown object, CNN reports. Pistorius, 22, has since had... More »

Home Depot Dumps Olympians

Program helped win 95 gold medals

(Newser) - Home Depot is ending the high-profile sponsorship program under which hundreds of US athletes have had the opportunity to chase Olympic gold. The company denied that the slumping economy was behind the decision, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. But a marketing expert said, “In tough times like these, companies are... More »

US Paralympians Sue for Equal Treatment

Complain about disparities with able-bodied Olympians

(Newser) - When the Paralympics opened today in Beijing, American Tony Iniguez proudly wore his uniform—but he’s also suing the US Olympic Program that provided it. Iniguez, like many of his teammates, believes paralympians deserve the same benefits as their able-bodied counterparts. His suit, filed with two retired wheelchair racers,... More »

Bladerunner Sets Sights on 2012 Olympics

Training delayed, Pistorius thinks London more realistic than '08

(Newser) - Double-amputee sprinter Oscar Pistorius finally got the go-ahead to compete in the Olympics, but it took so long the 21-year-old Paralympic world record holder who runs on carbon fiber blades says he may not be able to make the cut for Beijing, and the London Olympics now appear more realistic.... More »

Bladerunner Wins Appeal, Sets Sights on Olympics

Double amputee can compete in trials

(Newser) - Oscar Pistorius, the double-amputee sprinter who wants the chance to compete in the Olympics on his carbon-fiber blades, has won his appeal. The Court of Arbitration for Sport revoked the IAAF's ban on the South African Paralympic champion, making Pistorius eligible to compete against able-bodied runners. The runner is eager... More »

'Blade Runner' Found to Have Advantage

Amputee expected to be banned from Olympics after expert ruling

(Newser) - The double amputee who has petitioned to be included in this year's Olympic track and field events is likely to be denied his request today, the Guardian reports. A biomechanics expert concluded that the J-shaped carbon-fiber prosthetics South African sprinter Oscar Pistorius uses gives him an unfair advantage in stride... More »

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