London Paralympics 2012 – Are You Ready?

30 August 2012

Sarah Storey

Sarah Storey is a Team GB gold medal hopeful

 

Sky bloggers  By Sky Sports News Journalists Orla Chennaoui and Lia Hervey

As we walked back to Stratford, east London, the smiles lit up our faces. After the most amazing time at the 2012 Olympic Games we had a few weeks of withdrawal symptoms. But no more, thanks to the arrival of the hottest ticket on the planet... the Paralympic Games. Whoop!

We were lucky enough to have a golden ticket to the Opening Ceremony, and the crowd went wild for the poster boy of the Paralympics Oscar Pistorius (as did we!) Not only he is incredibly handsome but Oscar is one of the nicest people we've ever met and his fight to compete in both the Olympics and Paralympics has inspired people all over the world.  

When we were with him last year, he told us one of his top tips for keeping the weight off and making the South African team was eating pineapple for breakfast. It boosts your metabolism apparently and a thinner athlete is a faster athlete. We’ve been eating pineapple ever since.

Oscar Pistorius

Don't miss Oscar Pistorius on 6 September 

Today it was the first day of competition and another Olympic and Paralympic athlete Sarah Storey went off with a bang, setting a new world record in the velodrome. Her time would have won her a silver at the World Championships. She’s now guaranteed a medal to add to her incredible total of 18, won in both cycling and swimming. What an incredible athlete.

Another real hope for Britain is double gold medallist Ellie Simmonds. The swimmer has already had her chances significantly improved after the International Paralympic Committee decided to scrutinise her main US competitor to see if she is as disabled as her competitors.

The crowds are starting to fill the Paralympic Park and the sun has started shining. It’s going to be a good one. We’ll be there to bring you all in the inside gossip.


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