September '12 - The Paralympics.
aware that I have the tendency of moaning
about something in blog entries, and even
though this entry is supposed to be positive
I still feel the urge to say something
negative, and that is that I hated Channel 4's
coverage of the Paralympics. Do they really
believe that watching presenters speaking
back and forth within a television studio is
in any way entertaining? Then interrupting it
every ten minutes with an ad break that also
contained two trailers advertising what you're
already watching. They really have no idea
how to present sport and it was terribly
shabby compared with the BBC's coverage of
the Olympics. Then they had the cheek to have
a late night show that basically took the
piss out of it all. They showed a clip of Lu
Dong, a swimmer with no arms climbing out of
the swimming pool, and laughing at the way
she does it, then clapping as if to
congratulate her. The fact that she won gold
didn't seem to impress them. One of the
Canadian basketball team coaches, Danielle
Peers, also moaned online about the coverage
stating it was sold like a freak show.
positive about Channel 4's coverage was the
ability to watch the opening ceremony on More4
with audio description instead of annoying
presenters waffling on just to fill air time.
that's enough of my moaning and I'll try to
keep the rest of this entry more positive.
opening ceremony was far better than I
expected it to be, with Stephan Hawking being
part of it. There appeared to be a story
happening within the ceremony with Ian
McKellen narrating, it was difficult to
follow but it didn't really matter. I was
more interested in the dancing acrobats. The
athletes made their way marching into the
stadium fairly early into the event which is
different than how it's usually done. (Channel
4 kept interrupting it though with comments
from the Great Britain team while they waited
to enter the stadium.) One of the highlights
was when a man with no legs was carried on
the end of cables by helicopter which flew
over the stadium and hovered so that he was
at standing height. That must have taken a
lot of practice to pull it off just right.
named Lu Dong won the gold medal for China
doing the backwards butterfly. She had no
arms and it was an amazing spectacle to watch.
I couldn't believe how she was able to do it.
another swimming event I noticed that they
had starting blocks, like in athletic racing,
but some competitors started from within the
pool. It wasn't explained why some started
within the pool and some started on the
blocks. One of the competitors did say
however, in a light hearted way, that having
one foot meant she got no advantage from the
starting blocks because she couldn't push
were other complaints from competitors too.
There was one man who was disqualified for a
false start but they didn't tell him until
the end of the race. He started swearing
constanltly then apologised for his outburst
later. There was also another man who
complained about another competitor using
longer springs on his false running legs.
There didn't appear to be anyone actually
accused of cheating with drugs as far as I
sitting volleyball was fun to watch as well
as the wheelchair basketball. One of the main
things I noticed about the basketball was
there wasn't any floor squeaks with the
wheelchairs, unlike all the noises caused
with people's footwear.
watched the full closing ceremony only bits
of it. I loved the steampunk style vehicles
and costumes they used. I did hear later that
Coldplay sang far too many songs and spoilt
it for many people, but I personally missed
Lu Dong won gold on the Butterfly event.
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