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Aoki: Being a Paralympian isn’t just a hobby

Chuck Aoki on November 3, 2014

Originally published for Paralympic.org. Read Chuck Aoki’s full post here.

I’m furious. And as someone who’s normally a pretty laid back guy, this is unusual.

But when I read sentences like these, my day is ruined: “The wheelchair racers are inspiring for sure but it’s not elite sport in the same sense of running.” and “ESPN is in the business of covering elite sporting events. They know this and thus covered the wheelchair racers appropriately for the most part.”

I have never felt so offended by something not directed at me. I really don’t even know where to begin.

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