Ceremony in Rio Kicks Off Countdown to 2016 Paralympics

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter

SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – Organizers of the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games kicked off the ‘one-year-to-go’ mark with test competitions at one of the city’s postcard locations, Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas, on Monday, September 7th. Spectators received a taste of what they might see next year, with several Brazilian and international Paralympic athletes competing in events.

A highlight of the day was the 100-meter race won by Irish Paralympic Gold Medalist Jason Smyth. Smyth is considered the fastest para-athlete in the world, winning gold medals in the Beijing and . . .

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