Paralympics 2016 games liftoff in Rio

RiodeJaneiro,Sept7:The Paralympics begin again on Wednesday in Rio, where some of the world’s greatest athletes will compete for their countries across more than two dozen sports.

The games, which feature athletes with disabilities, include all the inspiration and intrigue of the Summer Olympics while also arguably having more of an effect on the people who watch them. To a noticeable degree, stories of the athletes’ perseverance have helped change the views of people who watch the Paralympics. After the London Games in 2012, for example, the vast majority of people in the United Kingdom ― including both those with and without disabilities ― believed the perception of people with disabilities had improved. That’s real change.

People take photos in front of the Paralympic symbol, Agitos, on Copacabana beach.
 To get excited for the Paralympics once again, we’ve rounded up just some of the many awesome photos from Paralympics past.

Get excited. And watch. This is going to be good.

Rudy Garcia of Team USA dives into the pool en route to setting a world record in the men’s 200-meter individual medley during the 2004 Paralympic Games.
  • Argentina’s Maximiliano Matto trains in the warm-up pool during the Paralympic swimming tournament in Rio.
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    Ricardo Steinmetz Alves of Brazil clashes with David Labarre and Abderrahim Maya of France in 2012.
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    USA’s Tony Volpentest at the Sydney 2000 Paralympic Games.
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    Great Britain’s David Weir celebrates winning the men’s 1500-meter at the London 2012 Paralympic Games.
  • Costa Rica’s Camila Haase Quiros trains in the warm-up pool in Rio.