By Nelson Belen, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - With one week to go before the start of the much-anticipated 2016 Rio Paralympics, some of the best para-athletes in the world began arriving in the Olympic Village in Barra da Tijuca on Wednesday, August 31st. By day's end, officials estimated some 2,500 athletes, trainers, coaches, and staff, including several guide dogs for the visually impaired athletes, have moved into the athletes’ residences.

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