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Let's Hear It for the Paralympians


Today the Olympic torch was once again extinguished in Sochi. This time for Paralympic Athletes from around the world.

These athletes competed in Alpine Skiing, Biathlon, Cross-Country Skiing, Ice Sledge Hockey, Snowboard and Wheelchair Curling.

With 46 countries competing for the glory of sport, these athletes have persevered and represented their countries with dignity.

Much of the glimmer of the Paralympic Games were tarnished by world events in the Ukraine, however the spectacular display of athletic prowess cannot be denied.

I saw my first Paralympic Games in Atlanta in 1996, since that time I have cheered theses athletes who have overcome so much to gain the glory of their sport.

Were there "out" athletes at the Games? Honestly, I don't know, what I do know is spectacular competition took place and we didn't see as much of it as we should.

With heart and determination these athletes embody everything the Olympic movement was designed to be, I salute the paralympians and hope that in the future we will see more of them on our mainstream coverage of the Games.

In Sochi, the host Russians dominated winning 80 medals followed in a distant second by Ukraine with 25 and the United States third with 18.

Competing in the Gold Medal game against Russia the United States won in Sled Hockey, our nation's biggest win of the Games.

The Paralympics are a unique combination of heart, althletc ability and determination, let's hear it for the Paralympians, champions all!

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