The 2012 Paralympic athletes just kick ass (31 Photos)

  • Joe


    • 15Weight

      go fu@k yourself, Joe.

  • Will

    I don't know if The Chive has mentioned this one particular athlete from the Paralympics already, but Brad Snyder recently did quite well as a swimmer on the US Team. He's part of the same community as Taylor Morris (Navy EOD) and was blinded in Afghanistan last year.

    • chicago

      thank you for bringing Brad up to the surface if the Chive has not. I read the results article about him. 9/7 – he won the gold for 400m swimming. Incredible.

  • justabill

    All I can think about is the Cave Johnson lemon speech.

    • DeDav

      You mean to make life take back the lemons? Or that he had scientists and athletes taking part in his testing?

  • ankhesenamon81

    # 6

    Alex Zanardi is the best.

  • triplecap

    #30 is Vanessa Low.

    • Craigery

      Do a Google image search. She's really cute.

      • VolleyMav

        And I was about to ask to "Find Her". Thanks.

      • AdamBaldick

        Yeah she is.. Cheers

  • JjJ

    Every one of these people are incredible….

    • _DoC_

      Pretty much makes you feel like a complete waste of a perfectly healthy body, doesn't it?

  • Dr. ?

    Very cool. Yknow with advances in prosthetic tech pretty soon these guys and girls are going to be outperforming able bodied athletes. It'll still be apart from the regular Olympics of course but the dawn of the super cybermen is upon us. Cool.

    • heywood jablowme

      hate me if you want but every time I see a paralympian all I can think is; "he's more machine now than man, twisted and evil."

    • ...

      There was an athlete with double prosetics in the Olympics if I'm not mistaken

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  • Jonathan

    These athletes are fabulous!! I think the Paralympics should be presented at the same time as the Olympics, people would talk a little more about it and that's just what these athletes deserve, honestly…

  • Theresia

    Every one of these athletes are remarkable. Sometimes we forget.. no matter what you are going through there are those that are going through worse. These Men and Women remind us.. only if you give up are you defeated! You are all winners.

  • Fev

    Everyone one of these people are an inspiration.

  • Javier Esparza


  • DBig

    I worked at an archery shop, I taught it. #1 is a hero and an inspiration. God bless all of 'em!

  • fabio

    Awesome people are awesome.

  • Yeep

    #19 Every day is upper body day…

    • Jared

      Yeah, and I'm going to guess this guy could probly beat your non-handicapped ass.

    • clenis

      I know it's wrong and mean etc., but I laughed at the comment.

      • Underbaker

        That guy is totally ripped and you can tell he is one serious athlete having a great time. That said, I bet he would crack up at that comment, I know I did. If you aint laughing, then you're crying and he don't look like someone who would be crying.

  • IRawdoggedyurgf

    When I look at these pictures I realize that I am a huge sniveling pussy about so many things. Honest to goodness respect and admiration for these extraordinary individuals!
    #20 I have to think that I never deserve the right to say I can't do something ever again when I see a picture like this.

    • Liz

      Well said

  • vvv

    I went to one day of paralympics. And to be honest I thought it was going to be a little 'creepy' and I am not going to enjoy it all that much. But seeing all the happy competing sportsmen really got me excited (even about events I usually don't care about in olympics). It was just such a great atmosphere

  • freddy boy

    #20 #22 #27 To all these wonderful people I apologize for my daily sniveling. May I wish you all the good fortune you so richly deserve. Vaya con Dios.

  • tapsnapornap

    Where the FUARK is Siamond Rahman???

  • OneEndedStick

    #19 The guy behind looks thrilled to be there…

  • Ned_Z

    If this doesn't motivate you then I don't know what to tell you. These people are amazing. If they can do it, you can as well.

    • big_hairy_si

      #28 is David Weir – the Weir Wolf – my mate's brother. That man should be compulsory listening for all school kids – he's incredibly inspiring and a true athlete. Not to mention a bloody nice fella as well.

  • JAG


  • ChestRockwellz

    #29. Please find the girl on the right that is slightly blurred. My spidey senses are telling me she has some lovely humps worth focusing on.

    • Garp

      Yeah she's got the curves but that smile necessitates a FIND HER!

  • fo1133

    Incredible! <img src="; width="1" height="1" alt="map" style="border: Opx;">

  • Craigery

    #11 Does the backstroke with no arms. Your argument is invalid.

    • dragon2777

      Out of curiosity what is that in his mouth. Is that how they are lowering him in or getting him out or what??

      • Suzie

        That's how they kick off, it's a towel. They grip it in their teeth, with the other end held by their coach or someone, then when the buzzer goes they kick off and let go. I imagine it takes a lot of practice to get the timing right!

        • dragon2777

          Ahh that makes a ton of sense thanks for the response

    • mbns

      Generally in swimming, all your feet do are keep you horizontal. Most forward motion comes from your arms. Competitive swimming with no arms must be pretty damn hard.

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