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London 2012 Paralympic Games: bringing sight to the blind?
  1. Nick Webborn
  1. Sussex Centre for Sport and Exercise Medicine, University of Brighton, Eastbourne, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Nick Webborn, Sussex Centre for Sport and Exercise Medicine, University of Brighton, Eastbourne BN20 7SN, UK; nickwebborn{at}

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It may not go down in history as the ‘miracle of London’ but the 2012 Paralympic Games truly brought about changes in attitudes towards people with disabilities that will be enduring. Going into the Games there were doubters, ‘do not carers’ and people ignorant to the achievements of Paralympians. The Olympic Games was an unqualified success but how would the nation and people around the world respond to the Paralympic Games?

The day after Sarah Storey won Great Britain's (GB) first gold medal she came into the GB Medical Centre to sign our medal board (figures 1–3). The front pages of the national newspapers were covered with her picture and the story of her gold medal performance. We knew that something had changed. Being a home games, there was certainly a greater media interest for ParalympicsGB going into the Games, but we were unprepared for …

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