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Meet the Latter-day Saint Paralympians Competing in Tokyo

Latter-day Saint Paralympians
Latter-day Saint Paralympians
Paralympian David Blair poses for a photo with his gold medal in Eagle Mountain, Utah, on September 19, 2016. Photo by Hans Koepsell, courtesy of Deseret News. Copyright 2021 Deseret News Publishing Company.

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By Christine Rappleye, Church News

Updated Tuesday, September 7, 2021

With the Paralympic Games opening on August 24 — after a one-year pandemic delay — the competition of 539 events across 22 sports at 21 venues will begin.

The Paralympic Games have roots in the London Olympic Games in 1948 with the first competition for wheelchair athletes — 16 injured servicemen and servicewomen — in archery. The Stoke Mandeville Games became the Paralympic Games in 1960 in Rome, Italy, according to paralympic.org. 

A dozen athletes connected to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are among those competing at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. Learn more on Church News.

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