I don't “get” the paralympics. Is there something wrong with me ?

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  1. StandardToaster

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    I “get” the main Olympics, supposedly the pinnacle of world sport. Multiple disciplines, thousands of athletes from hundreds of countries at their peaks of fitness; testing themselves against each other and striving to break records; up-and-coming athletes eager to make a name for themselves; go down in history; test themselves beyond their known limits. And for spectators: to even just be around the historymakers to tell their kids they saw it with their own eyes. I seem to “get” that it's a subtly-hidden business venture too. Bigmoney is at play. Jobs now and ongoing both in and outside of sport. And so on.

    The paralympics, however, I do not “get” and never have. Any world records achieved there seem meaningless and forgettable. There can be stark disparities of ability between athletes in the same event and plenty of incidents of people cheating categories, not to mention themselves and their competitors (e.g., toe breaking). Whilst I love the idea of it being there as something for people with disabilities to strive towards, I can barely bring myself to be bothered about it as a world-level event and I don't understand why anyone else would be.

    Watching some of the C4 coverage, where we are treated to schmaltzy “backstories” aggravates me massively too. I don't know why but it seems all very 'headpatty' whilst simultaneously pretending that it isn't. Will someone please, please help me to understand why any of us need to care about the Paralympics because I'm obviously missing something as I don't “get” it. Genuine plea. Are there any articles which do a good job of 'justifying' it ?

    Thanks all...
     
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    that's why you have the factoring system for times but yeah the C4 coverage is awful hence why I am sticking to the live steams from the IPC as well going to quite a few events
     
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    If you don't get the point, then no-one can really explain what it is.

    You either get it or you don't. There isn't anything wrong with you, it's just that some people find their achievements inspiring and others don't.
     
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    I found the story of the lady who lost both her legs in the London bombings far more inspiring than anything at the Olympics.
     
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    I must admit I don't really get it either fully. So yes there is a very fast cyclist without a hand, I wouldn't class that as a disability for for a cyclist but yes she is a fine athlete nothing against it but could easily compete in non disabled events.

    Others seem so disabled, old and fat that I am actually intrigued what events they are competing in, but athletes? Nah I just can't imagine that at all.

    I wanted to watch more, but you know what channel 4s rubbish coverage is putting me right off.
     
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    What bombings ? WW1_WW2 or more recent ?
     
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    Did you see the equestrian events at the Olympics?

    Or maybe the 34 stone Judo man.
     
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    Yes there is a competitor from the world war 1 bombings.
     
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    I'm sure this whole event is about appeasing the less able ...sorry , but i said it !!!
     
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    Sarcasm is the lowest form of wit .
     
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    Why is it "appeasing" them ? - (not being condescending but assuming you know what the word means).
     
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    I am giving you the opportunity to back out of this comment? Was that a joke?

    I just about soiled myself then read whistles response and actually followed through. Luckily I was at the loo at the time of reading this or my wife would not have coin it quite so funny when u told her!

    If this was a serious question I am getting AVF to revoke your license!
     
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    Actually, the origins of the Paralympics lie in the pioneering work of Sir Ludwig Guttmann using sport to rehabilitate British serviceman with spinal cord injuries. Following his work in establishing the National Spinal Injuries Centre, Stoke Mandeville Hospital in 1944, he devised the Stoke Mandeville Games in 1948 which was the ancestor of the modern Paralympic movement born in 1960. But yes, I can see how this is all appeasing :rolleyes:
     
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    Apparently Signs has nothing better to do on a Friday night.
     
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    I was being sarcastic?
     
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    None of that makes any sense sorry .
     
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    Are you ???
     
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    It's a question all someone had to do was point him in the right direction and not mock the feller.

    Did anyone see Jody Cundy the GB cyclist getting worked up after he got disqualified from his event? he was ranting and swearing saying that he has wasted 4 years building up to his event It really did show how much the paralympics means to the men and women taking part!

    Paralympians get angry too! Cyclist Jody Cundy has a tantrum worthy of a gold medal after disqualification | Mail Online
     
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    Because the "olypics " has ended with a spectacular finally , yet the less able "has to make do" ,

    Obversely being far more intelligent than I , pherhaps you could explain ? !

    Oh by the way bosque , never , never assume anything
     
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    Signs do you think that that the paralympics is not a worthwhile event?
     
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    The feature length drama about him from a few weeks ago with the excellent Eddie Marsan playing Guttmann is repeated on BBC2 at 10pm, Sunday night

    - BBC Two - The Best of Men
     
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    From whatever that gibberish means I see I assumed wrongly.
     
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    Or what ? Are you going to out wit me ?


    How many of you spout ******** ? , or how many of you will actually take the time to follow the sports ?
     
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    No I think it's a fantastic event , but I just can't stand all the hangers on who only now find the time to give a little time to our less able .
     
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    What did I tell you about assuming ?
     
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    You have a fair point there I am guilty of that I never knew wheelchair rugby existed till last week and I have been enjoying watching the events on c4. I would say that some of the events are not a level playing field like some of the swimming events where a wide range of disabilities race against each other.
     
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    Friday night is troll night.
     
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    it's not so much that I "don't get" the paralympics, but rather that I just flat out don't care about it.
     
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