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The 1997 Special Olympics

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.

1997 Special Olympics explained.

Medium: Television
Program: The National Magazine
Broadcast Date: Jan. 31, 1997
Reporter: Tom Alderman
Duration: 15:46

Last updated: August 15, 2013

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