October 2012: 2012 Paralympics Come to a Close

The Spina Bifida Association would like to congratulate Team USA Paralympians for competing with heart and soul in this summer’s Paralympic Games. With 31 Gold, 29 Silver, and 38 Bronze medals awarded to Team USA, these athletes proved that hard work and perseverance do pay off.

The Paralympics motto was ‘Inspire A Generation’ and for eleven days they did just that. As 4,200 athletes from 164 nations worldwide came together, we marveled at their superhuman ability to compete. As the Mirror wrote, “These Paralympics have shown us many things - joy, sportsmanship, bravery and hopefully more understanding of how those less fortunate than ourselves can still go out and perform to a standard that deserves our appreciation.”

One of the greatest standouts was Tatyana McFadden who had a particularly amazing Paralympics. McFadden, who had won five medals in her previous experiences but never gold, was able to capture three of the top medals this year. In addition to her three gold medals (400, 800, and 1,500), she also added a bronze in the 100. She left this year’s games as one of the most decorated athletes.

SBA congratulates all of the amazing athletes who inspired us throughout the event!

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