Walter White Junior
RJ Mitte, who played Walter White Junior in the hit US TV series Breaking Bad, is part of host broadcaster Channel 4’s presenting team for the Paralympics. Mitte has cerebral palsy and is a passionate campaigner for disability charities.
How it began
The Games started in 1948 as the Stoke Mandeville Games – and became the Paralympics (to run parallel to the Olympics) in 1960. Originally the Paralympics were only for wheelchair users but in 1976 expanded to include the visually impaired and amputees.
Loads of balls
Paralympic medals have small balls in them so blind athletes can hear them rattle and also have indentations on them.
There are two sports that are unique to the Parlaympics: Goalball for blind and visually impaired athletes and Boccia (similar to bowls) for athletes with severe impairments.
The most decorated Paralympian is the American swimmer Trisch Zorn who has won an incredible 55 medals, 41 of them gold.
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