This Reuters image shows Liudmila Vauchok of Belarus crossing the finish line to win the women’s 10 kilometre cross country. I love that grin.
Another Reuters photo, of Canadian athlete Collette Bourgonje, the silver medalist in the women’s 10 kilometre cross country.
Are there any athletes and/or events you’re following? I’m personally very into wheelchair curling, and I believe Lauredhel recently dropped a link to a wheelchair curling blog, for those who’d like more information.
Related reading1 for those who’d like to delve into some of the social justice issues associated with the Olympic and Paralympic Games:
Toban Black at Racialicious: An Indigenous Olympics?
David Crary at The Irrawaddy: Vancouver’s Asians Feel Neglected by Olympic Hosts (via Racialicious)
Roxane Hudon at the Montreal Mirror: Games, Games, Go Away
Christopher A. Shaw and Alissa Westergard-Thorpe at Briarpatch Magazine: Class-War Games: The financial and social cost of “securing” the 2010 Olympics
Derrick O’Keefe at the Socialist Voice: Activists Debate Vancouver Olympic Protests
Paul Farhi at the Washington Post: Where the Rich and Elite Meet to Compete (while this is an old article, it touches upon some of the class issues involved in the Winter Olympic Games)
On the Paralympics specifically:
Peter McKnight at the Vancouver Sun: Should there be one Games for all?
Douglas Todd at the Vancouver Sun: Accommodations for disabled have taken root
- Note: these articles focus mainly on the Olympics rather than the Paralympics, but the issues they address pertain to both Games. ↩