The most skeptic critic of the Olympic movement or the most analytical curmudgeon of a journalist could not find a single thing wrong with the Games of the XXXth Olympiad.
The Olympics stood for so many things, patriotism, innovation, sportsmanship and impressionism among many. Similarly, study abroad also can stand for many values and traits.
The Olympics and Paralympics are rich in tales of individuals who have overcome challenges in their professional and private lives. They are the ones whose stories inspire their supporters long after the Games have ended.
As technology improves, and as Paralympians get better, they may no longer desire to compete in the Paralympic Games, favoring the more high profile Olympic Games.
At age 14, bacterial meningococcal meningitis took four limbs from Nick Springer. It didn't take his determination.
There's still time to enjoy some of the most amazing feats of athletic achievement: The London Paralympics 2012! As a winner of 3 Paralympic medals, I know firsthand the dedication to training and perseverance required to compete at this level of sport.
You know what happens when you show the London 2012 Paralympics on TV as you would other international sports? You get interest in diversity now and for years to come.
The Paralympics have grown into the world's second-largest sporting event, surpassed now only by the Olympics themselves. London's Games will be the biggest yet.