Oscar Pistorius

Arts & Life
12:37 pm
Tue August 28, 2012

Seven UA Athletes Participate in 2012 Paralympic Games

Oscar Pistorius, aka the "Blade Runner," was the first amputee runner to compete in the Olympics and will be competing in this year’s Paralympics as well.

The 2012 Paralympic Games in London kick off today and the University of Alabama has is well represented in this year’s games. Seven athletes from UA’s Adapted Athletics program will compete in wheelchair basketball and wheelchair tennis. Charlie Katica is head coach for the women’s wheelchair basketball team at UA.

“Everyone who’s here is extremely motivated,” says Katica. “Really the challenges were to almost hold them back at some point just because they were training real hard and really trying to be at their peak for the Paralympics.”

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