Our "Photo of the Week" comes to us from David Hartnoll at the U.S. Embassy in London, a city that is hosting the 2012 Paralympic Games August 29-September 9. The photograph shows U.S. Paralympic athletes training with their British counterparts. According to the embassy, this year's Paralympics are expected to be the largest in a history that dates back to 1948 with a small group of disabled British World War II veterans. The London Games are bringing together more than 4,000 athletes with a disability from some 160 countries. The United States has sent a 227-member team.
President Obama applauded our Olympic and Paralympic athletes, whom he described as presenting the best of America to the rest of the world. In his message, the President said the athletes demonstrate the American spirit by showing that "...even though we may have very different stories to tell; even though we may not look alike or talk alike or be dealt the same hand in life -- if we work hard, we can achieve our dreams."
Echoing a similar message, U.S. Paralympian Tatyana McFadden shared her story of pursuing her goals with our embassy colleagues in London. Of the Games, McFadden said the event will be phenonmenal -- "an event that no one will have ever seen before."
You can go to U.S. Embassy London's website for more information on the 2012 Paralympic Games. On the website, you'll find travel tips and other resources for U.S. citizens attending the events. The embassy's blog will be providing updates from the Games for those who might not be able to attend in person. We'll also be following the Games here at DipNote, and cheering for Team USA!