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Anyone been watching the Paralympics?


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#1 wish*upon*a*star

Posted 07 September 2012 - 06:57 PM

I am really enjoying the Paralympics. So many inspirational atheletes and stories.

I find the Wheelchair Basketball so great to watch and am so excited both the Gliders and the Rollers are through to the Gold Medal match.

I have enjoyed Matt Cowdrey's medals and 13 year old Maddison Elliott's swims.

Anyone else been watching?



#2 Fourteenyears

Posted 07 September 2012 - 07:01 PM

They've been marvellous.  I've been very much enjoying them.  The Women's basketball last night was exciting!

#3 Missmousie

Posted 07 September 2012 - 07:03 PM

ABC2 is put on at 7 every night here at the moment. We're loving all of it! The interviews have been great, and watching the different sports has been really interesting. The 5 a side soccer last night was awesome!

#4 Froggilicious

Posted 07 September 2012 - 07:05 PM

We watch it every night here. I love the 5 a side soccer, their ball handling skills were awesome.


I am also very impressed at the size of the crowds. It is great to see London getting just as excited by the Paralympics as the Olympics.




Edited by Froggilicious, 07 September 2012 - 07:08 PM.


#5 Feral Grey Mare

Posted 07 September 2012 - 07:06 PM

Loved the dressage but have to confess that I find wheelchair basketball is just as annoying as running basketball.

#6 Soontobegran

Posted 07 September 2012 - 07:07 PM

Bits and pieces of them. How amazingly inspirational are these athletes?
Did anyone see Ahmed Kelly the other night? Virtually no arms and legs but qualified for the final in 100metres swimming.
He is one of those gorgeous boys that Moira Kelly adopted...the other one Emmanual is a beautiful singer.


#7 BadCat

Posted 07 September 2012 - 07:13 PM

I love Maddison Elliot.  I've never seen anyone more excited to be on a medal podium.  original.gif

Looking forward to watching the basketball finals even though I don't like basketball.  

Kudos to Matt Cowdrey and Jacqueline Freney.  They have been outstanding.

I wish the coverage was better but it is still better than the coverage of the Olympics on Nine.  I'm hoping the coverage improves in the future as the games gain more and more athletes.

#8 skylark

Posted 07 September 2012 - 07:18 PM

We're loving it, because honestly we just love watching sport in this house. I have to admit that some of the coverage and the "so inspiring" talk is a bit uncomfortable and off-putting for me. There is a very fine line between telling an inspiring story of personal struggle of an athlete, and being patronising. We really noticed it tonight with the visually impaired swimmers, there was a real overtone of "Good job little blind man" to the coverage.

I do love the "extra-human" aspect of some of the tech and stuff, it adds a really interesting dimension to the whole thing.

#9 Cluckster

Posted 07 September 2012 - 07:52 PM

I'm enjoying it for the coverage and interviews. Much better than Channel 9's effort of the Olympics because they are churning through the events at greater rate and not dwelling on the same boring heat swims and showing more than just Australians competing.

I am fascinated by the technology, the classifications and the personalities. STBG I did watch Ahmed's swim, which was incredible. I'm afraid if I were an ABC commentator I would go broke contributing to the Superlative Jar.



#10 BadCat

Posted 07 September 2012 - 09:35 PM

QUOTE (skylark @ 07/09/2012, 07:18 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I have to admit that some of the coverage and the "so inspiring" talk is a bit uncomfortable and off-putting for me. There is a very fine line between telling an inspiring story of personal struggle of an athlete, and being patronising. We really noticed it tonight with the visually impaired swimmers, there was a real overtone of "Good job little blind man" to the coverage.


This is me as well.

The overuse of superlatives is very irritating.  How about letting the viewer decide what they are inspired by once in a while?  And yes, it's patronising.  It's not brave or inspiring that these folks go about their business "even though" they're disabled.  What else would you want them to do?  Curl up in a ball and moan?

#11 baby*girl

Posted 07 September 2012 - 09:41 PM

I am loving it too, and I am not so bothered by the coverage.  I am just enjoying it all.

#12 Soontobegran

Posted 07 September 2012 - 09:47 PM

QUOTE (Cluckster @ 07/09/2012, 07:52 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I'm afraid if I were an ABC commentator I would go broke contributing to the Superlative Jar.


Me too original.gif  In total awe here, I am sure I'd be a big contributor to the jar.

#13 Fourteenyears

Posted 07 September 2012 - 10:06 PM

What I'm finding rather inspiring is unrelated to disability.  It is the utter graciousness and excitement that the Australian athletes are showing in their post race/match interviews, whether they win, come second, or come last.  I was in the group defending the Olympic athletes when they gave less than gracious post-race interviews, but I've been astounded by the contrast.

Even when the athlete's disappointment was obvious and expected, their sportsmanship has been shining through.




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