Listening to my beloved NPR, I learned about a very inspiring and interesting story today in the NY Times about Kendall Bailey, a mentally and physically disabled swimmer competing in the paralympic games (paralympics are not the same as the special olympics – paralympics are extremely competitive and expensive – basically the top disabled athletes in the world compete).
Bailey has celebral palsy, mental retardation, autism, among a few other disabilities. Yet in the water, he flies. He swims the 100-meter butterfly in a minute or something like that. Amazing. The article talks about some controversy he’s had with the paralypic commitee (hopefully that’s all worked out), but his story is totally inspirational.