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Politics at the '76 disabled Olympiad

Wheelchair racers speeding to victory, blind swimmers competing for gold, and disabled skiers pushing their bodies to the limit. These are today's Paralympians. They train hard. They play to win. And in recent years, Canadians have been winning big at the Paralympic Games. The Paralympics began as a postwar sporting event designed to get injured ex-soldiers moving again. But by the 1980s the Games had evolved into an elite international competition.

Gray grills Jackson on politics at the '76 disabled Olympiad
Medium: Radio
Program: Olympic Magazine
Broadcast Date: July 26, 1976
Guest(s): Robert Jackson
Host: Elizabeth Gray
Duration: 6:11

Last updated: December 6, 2012

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