Juanjo has a real chance to win gold, at 48yo, and Raquel aspires to the podium. We will be there with them all along – as they train, at the Olympic Village, the day before, the day they race and afterwards. Those days will be a central part in our story.
At the 2008 Paralympic Beijing Games the Spanish team was ranked tenth out of 147 participating countries, with a total of 58 medals. Cycling was the second most successful sport, contributing a total of 11 medals for the Spanish delegation.
The Paralympics have been gaining increasing media interest and coverage.
The mascot chosen for the London 2012 Games has been named Mandeville. Not many people will know this is as a tribute to the Stoke Mandevile Hospital, which is considered the birthplace of the Paralympic games.
The eminent neurologist Ludwig Guttman, a Jewish refugee, devised the Paralympic Games as part of the rehabilitation activities for World War II veterans suffering from serious spinal injuries. Sport, particularly competitive sport, was the core element of the rehabilitation process for patients with permanent disabilities.
The Stoke Mandeville Hospital soon started to organise national competitions against other hospitals and clubs, the first of which coincided with the official opening of the 1948 London Olympic Games.
Now, London is bringing this international sporting movement back to where it all started.