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Wednesday, August 22, 2012

The Paralympic Games

The Paralympic Games begins Wednesday, August 29, 2012, and ends Sunday, September 9, 2012.

 'The Paralympic Torch

During the 24 hour Paralympic Torch Relay, the five team members will each carry their own Torch, passing the Flame between one another, as they complete their section of the  Relay. The Torch has been created to represent modernity and innovation, with a mirrored finish reflecting the light of the Flame and teams of Torchbearers that carry it.
On Wednesday 22 August, with just one week to go to the Games, four Flames will be lit at the summit of the highest peaks of the four UK nations on Wednesday 22 August.
Groups of disabled and non-disabled Scouts will ascend Scafell Pike (England), Snowdon/Yr Wyddfa (Wales), Ben Nevis (Scotland) and Slieve Donard (Northern Ireland) where they will use the traditional technique of rubbing flint to create sparks and kindle a flame.
Sebastian Coe, Chair of LOCOG, said: ‘By creating the four Flames through human endeavour at the four highest peaks in the UK we will ensure that the spirit of each home nation is represented in the Paralympic Flame.’
The Flames will then be transferred to each nation’s capital city where they will each become the focus for a day of Paralympic celebrations. On Tuesday 28 August the Flames will be united in Stoke Mandeville – the spiritual home of the Paralympic Movement – to create the London 2012 Paralympic Flame.
At 8pm that evening, the Paralympic Flame will embark on its 24-hour Relay, with 116 teams of five Torchbearers set to carry the Flame on its journey to the Olympic Stadium in Stratford."

Note from dc: This photo makes a great screensaver!!


  1. Hey Dixie,
    What an informative posting about the Paralympic Games. I'm really looking forward to it all.
    Appreciate such an detailed article.
    Thank you and it's goodnight from lil' ol' England :)
    In kindness, Gary

  2. Wonderful update on the Paralympic Games! Yes, Dixie, the torch is just gorgeous! I love the design!
    School begins in a couple of weeks...
    Seems like yesterday we were waving goodbye to the kids at the end of June!
    Wishing you a lovely weekend!
    God's Blessings and Grace to you always,

  3. This was on our TV news yesterday and I think it's a great idea. Apparently the demand for tickets has been so high that these will be the biggest Paralympics ever by a miles! Your level of information is amazing and obviously the work of a dedicated supporter of the games.
    I'm expecting to take my twin grandsons to the athletics. Britain is very proud of the fact that the Paralympics is a British invention.
    Click here for Bazza’s Blog ‘To Discover Ice’

  4. I also think it's great that the stadiums will be full. It'll be the best Paralympic Games ever!

  5. Hi Gary.
    Nice comment but I cannot take credit for the article. There's a link above it to finish reading what was a very long post. Therefore I out the article within quotation marks; sorry that failed to come across.

    I hope you do watch. I think they're more exciting than the regular Olympics. Take care, Mr. Cardigan and back again!

  6. Hi Maria.
    Hope you get to view the Paralympcs; maybe share with your students proper acceptance of challenged individuals.

    The torch is classy looking!

    I searched for photos of the kids climbing the various mountain peaks. Wow, lots of rain and inclement weather. One young man was soaked but keeping a tiny flame going in a round bowl. Problem is: I don't know one peak from the other, so more is needed here, LOL.

    Have a wonderful school year. I'll get started on a new winter poem for you and the students!!
    Bless you too :)

  7. Sure thing, Bazza. I was reading that within two days 2.2 million tickets had been sold. The Olympics sold 8.8 million, but took a while to get to that figure. Two days!! I envy you guys sooo much!

    I was reading Wikipedia when I discovered it was Britain that started the games. Wow! So to have them home again must be doubly exciting.

    Taking the grandsons? Oh to be a bug in your pocket. Alistair and I would never be the same. Enjoy them... and the kids!!

  8. Oh yea, Mike. I didn't realize the stadium held 80,000. I don't think we're going to view any empty seats at all.

    I hope you see something it up close and personal!


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