Do you care about the paralympics as much as the olympics?

Discussion in 'Olympics 2008' started by strung out, Sep 4, 2008.

  1. strung out

    strung out (",)

    paralympics start this weekend, but i'm struggling to muster too much enthusiasm and trying to figure out why. will any of you guys be watching the paralympics? do you care more or less about them than the olympics, or are they both equally as important in your eyes?
  2. FridgeMagnet

    FridgeMagnet Administrator

    I care almost exactly the same amount; if anything, slightly more about the former.
  3. the button

    the button out on the kocker

    I didn't watch any of the Olympics (unless you count waking up on the settee during the women's marathon), so my answer to this is a resounding "yes." :cool:
  4. ScallyWag II

    ScallyWag II New Member

    I'll watch what i can, especially the cycling and if i can catch it, the wheelchair basketball events.
  5. QueenOfGoths

    QueenOfGoths Fuck you Dave!

    I shall try and watch some of it as having really enjoyed the Olympics I'd like to keep that feeling going.

    Also I don't know a lot about the Paraolympics or Paraolympians and would like to learn :)
  6. Shippou-Sensei

    Shippou-Sensei 4:1:2.5


    as in i don't for either
  7. Iam

    Iam New Member

  8. hammerntongues

    hammerntongues Well-Known Member

    I will be watching with extra interest , my brother is in Beijing as the sailing coach to the Spanish disabled sailing team , sounds grand but the Spanish disabled sailing squad is called Emilio and he has one leg .

    My bro was excited when he recieved his bright red suit and patent yellow shoes , he even gets to keep them after the olympics are over lucky fella.
  9. TrippyLondoner

    TrippyLondoner Well-Known Member

    Sadly, no.
  10. quimcunx

    quimcunx protestant traybake

    As with the olympics, if i catch some on telly I'll watch, or if something exciting gets reported watch the highlights. I thought there was going to be an hour of it on bbc2 each day. But I've seen nothing except trailers saying it would be on today. I'm not going to be near a telly today which i'm actually quite pissed off about that, I would have liked to have seen a bit.
  11. N_igma

    N_igma Epistemic nuisance

    It doesn't get as much coverage so I guess you can say I don't care as much, I don't know many paralympic athletes either so you don't be rooting for anyone when the events come on as well.
  12. tarannau

    tarannau Mongolian eyed

    Nah. I watch and get a little frustrated by the arbitrariness of it all to a certain extent.

    It's probably a better example of the olympic ideals, people coming to make the best of themselves, often more for the taking part. But my tendency to support the underdog often means that I'm a little outraged on somebody's behalf - as in "It's not fair IOC, he's clearly got less amputated and has greater mobility - he's got a blatant advantage.'

    And then the cynic in me - probably fed by the histrionics of diving, snide soccerball players - begins to wonder if that 'visually impaired' athlete really is that badly held back compared to his opponents.

    It's a worthwhile, valuable event regardless. A lot of people with remarkable stories and resilience.
  13. Mrs Magpie

    Mrs Magpie On a bit of break...

    I saw not one nanosecond of the Olympics and couldn't care less. I am keener on the Paralympics and I know someone who is performing at the handover ceremony so I have an interest.
  14. London_Calling

    London_Calling Pleasant and unpatronising

    I'm more about sports themselves - some I follow, some I don't.
  15. Johnny Canuck3

    Johnny Canuck3 Well-Known Member

    No. For one thing, the paralympics aren't accompanied by the overwhelming hype that surrounds the regular olympics.
  16. Johnny Canuck3

    Johnny Canuck3 Well-Known Member

    It's too bad that it's that way, since disabled athletes are often superb representatives of many of the values that the olympics espouse.
  17. Dravinian

    Dravinian 100k smug liberal points

    I didn't care about the olympics I don't care about the paralympics.

    So yeah.
  18. London_Calling

    London_Calling Pleasant and unpatronising

    One of the things that negatively influences my interest in the paralympics is that when it comes to the business end it's, generally, a European/Anglo-Saxon/first-world contest. Only 10 countries won medals in 2004.

    Also, I don't know, but I suspect investment in equipment is, relatively speaking, even more important to success than in the olympics.
  19. Dan U

    Dan U Boompty

    i heard a discussion on the radio saying that the paralympics should be on at the same time main olympics. i thought that was a good idea - if nothing else the athletes would be performing in front of bigger crowds and get wider TV coverage.

    Do you think this is reflective of attitudes to Disabled people and Disabled sport in these countries?

    Disabled sport has many organisations in the UK supporting and fund raising for it - just taking Blind people they have groups from English Blind Golf to British Blind Sport working as advocates.
  20. Mrs Magpie

    Mrs Magpie On a bit of break...

    The first person to ever win a Gold in the paralympics was a blind woman doing Long Jump. She was Chinese and her major rivals in the event were from Latin America...I heard that on 'In Touch' on Radio 4, so, London_Calling, where did you get your flawed info from then, eh?
  21. ymu

    ymu Niall Ferguson's deep-cover sock-puppet

    This was the situation in the Olympics 100 years ago. Disabled sport is more advanced in the richer countries, but the Paralympics has to be the best way to promote them, surely?

    The opening ceremony is superb so far. :)
  22. Monkeygrinder's Organ

    Monkeygrinder's Organ Dodgy geezer swilling vapid lager

    According to wikipedia 73 countries won medals in 2004.

    ETA: Actually 3 countries tied for 73rd so 75 countries.
  23. Mrs Magpie

    Mrs Magpie On a bit of break...

    I think L_C just pulls these spurious bits of 'info' from thin air....imagining something doesn't make it true.....
  24. weltweit

    weltweit Well-Known Member

    The Paralimpics should take place at the same time and be fully integrated with the normal Olympics.

  25. Dravinian

    Dravinian 100k smug liberal points

    I think he looked at wiki and didn't realise that was the top ten list....:D
  26. London_Calling

    London_Calling Pleasant and unpatronising

    Cheers for the medals info.

    Don't know what I was thinking . . . That is a much better spread than I imagined.
  27. Johnny Canuck3

    Johnny Canuck3 Well-Known Member

    I agree. Then they couldn't ignore it and give it no air time.
  28. Wilf

    Wilf Dances like a Christian

    I suspect its much closer to the original Olympic ideal in the sense of them actually being amateurs (though i guess in some sports/countries there will be a fair amount of support).

    At one level i break the rule of disability politics and get impressed by the way many of the athletes have bounced back from injury or illness - though they are also pretty impressive as athletes anyway. At the same time, if I'm honest, I'm less likely to watch than i would the 'main' olympics (and i didn't see much of that).
  29. extra dry

    extra dry Happy to be here

  30. ethel

    ethel Well-Known Member

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