The Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games are just around the corner. Around 4,000 athletes from 145 countries are in the middle of their preparations, the city of Beijing and the country of China are getting ready for the biggest Paralympic Games ever. With more than 3,500 media reoresentatives, the media coverage will reach an unprecedented level and will help to raise the awareness for the Paralympic Movement.
The video clips show the athletes in their private as well as sporting life, take a look at past Paralympic Games and look ahead to the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games.
Following athletes are portrayed:
Esther Vergeer – NED – Wheelchair Tennis:
Has only lost one match since 2003
Heinrich Popow – GER – Amputee Sprinter:
Three medals in Athens
Carlos Lopes – POR – Visually impaired sprinter:
Paralympic athlete for more than 20 years, two gold medals in Sydney
Michael Teuber – GER – Para-Cycling:
Two gold medals in Athens and looking for more
Chinese Team – CHN - Football 5-a-side:
A new team that wants to win a medal in Beijing
Kirsten Bruhn – GER – Swimming:
Four medals (one gold) in Athens are not enough, she wants more in Beijing