Anybody who is missing the excitement of amazing physical competition won't have to wait long to get their fix: the Paralympics are damn near upon us!
The Paralympic flames are the first step — and a group of people (with and without disabilities) are going to climb the four highest peaks in the UK to light flames and start the Paralympic torch relay.
The National Flames will then be placed in miners' lanterns and transferred to the UK's capital cities!
The "English" flame will be used to light a cauldron in Trafalgar Square in London on Friday, followed by flame festivals – featuring music, speeches and the lighting of cauldrons – in each of the other capitals: Belfast on Saturday, Edinburgh on Sunday and Cardiff on Monday.
The flames will then be joined together next week at Stoke Mandeville in Buckinghamshire, which is the home of the Paralympics.
From there, the full flame will travel to London for the opening ceremonies!
Here's what the chief executive said:
"The lighting of the national flames is a real manifestation of the continuing excitement in this country for these games – both Olympic and Paralympic. It really shows the potential of these Games more than any other to really capture the imagination."
And all of this isn't just being dramatic — this is the biggest Paralympics in history, with 4,200 Paralympians from 165 nations competing.
We can't wait!
The games are all about ABILITY, not DISABILITY — and nothing short of incredible.
Good luck to everyone this year!
USA! USA! USA!
[Image via AP Images.]