Swiss Paralympic Athletes Get Ready for London 2012

16 Nov 2011

On 11 November Swiss Paralympic athletes met in Magglingen. Switzerland to prepare for London 2012, alongside Olympic athletes.

Track and Field Athletes, Equestrian riders, Hand Cyclists, Swimmers, Archers, Table-Tennis and Wheelchair Tennis players as well as officials were able to get a feel for life in the Olympic Village, the selection process and the media and marketing, thus giving them a clearer picture of the final leg of their journey.

Former British hurdler Colin Jackson, who now works for the BBC, was the highlight of the day after he gave a spine-tingling motivational speech. The Seoul 1988 Olympic silver-medallist and the two-time 110-meter hurdles World Champion (1993-1999) urged athletes to “always keep going and don't sit back".

Paralympic Athletes also got a first glimpse of their London 2012 uniforms. Some high fastion pieces seemed at first to take some getting used to, but overall the heros of London 2012 felt well-dressed.

Chef de Mission Ruedi Spitzli and Secretary General Veronica Roos were also satisfied with the course of the day.

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