Now the stories are starting to come full circle.
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What a ridiculous shot!
Disabled British ping pong player David Wetherill was playing Thomasz Kusiak from Germany.
They were in the middle of a good volley when the German worked Wetherill to one side of the table and then smacked the ball to the other.
No one expected Wetherill to dive out to save the ball and we're sure even less expected him to actually get the ball back on the table!
So did the German return it? Or did Wetherill get the point?
Check out the video (above) to find out!
Prince Harry kept it in his pants long enough to make a public appearance at the Paralympics! Ha!
He was spotted hanging out with several Paralympians, including Jessica-Jane Applegate.
Applegate won the gold medal in swimming in the controversial intellectually disabled classification.
The classification has been controversial since Spain had a gold medal winning team at Sydney in 2000 where none of the players had any intellectual impairment and one was even a professional basketball player!
Applegate actually has Asperger's syndrome, which is on the autism spectrum, so she was legit!
Losers (like Spain's cheater team) get embarrassed and are awful, winners get to meet Prince Harry!
Way to go, Paralympians!
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Stephen Hawking, one of the smartest men alive today, will be narrating the opening ceremony of the Paralympics!
The whole point of the opener is to "challenge our perceptions."
David Beckham is a good guy, and a smart guy, and totally knows when to give praise when it's deserved.
Nobody deserves it more than the Paralympians!
All it took for it to completely dawn on hism was putting on a blindfold and spending a day training with Great Britain's Paralympics soccer squad last November.
Here's what he said:
Oscar Pistorius feels like the next 12 days could change the world — while talking about the Paralympic Games.
Specifically he things that the world will learn a lot from Britain's enlightened approach to hosting the 2012 Paralympics.
Here's what he said:
After a rough past week for the Paralympics, with sex abuse charges being brought upon Jordanian athletes, we're happy to hear there's some good news on the horizon: Rihanna is reportedly joining Coldplay at the Paralympics closing ceremony!
A new report is saying that she'll be performing a short set before taking stage WITH Coldplay for Princess of China!
Here's what the source said:
"All the Closing Ceremony details are top secret but Rihanna has already started rehearsing. As soon as Coldplay signed up she was [eager to join] them on stage. The Closing Ceremony is basically [going to be] a glorified Coldplay concert. They will hardly be off stage.
They were originally approached to do the main Olympics but turned it down for the Paralympics. They may only be getting paid £1 to perform but they will make a fortune in royalties as their music flies up the charts afterwards."
We love seeing people eager to do things like this — especially since it's a super special and incredible cause.
The show is said to have the theme of 'the elements' - earth, wind, water, fire and ice… and we hope it goes off without a hitch!
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Paul Callahan is a quadriplegic who is also a paralympic sailor.
When Paul was 21, an undergrad at Harvard, his whole life ahead of him, he slipped on a wet floor, broke his neck and was paralyzed from the chest down, retaining the use of his arms but not his hands.
He originally spent 5 years going from rehab to rehab, trying to be able to walk again. Eventually doctors convinced him that it was time to stop dreaming of walking and start actually living.
So that's what he did.