Zeitung Heute : From Olympics to Paralympics

photo: DGUV
photo: DGUV

The London 2012 Paralympics are spectacular in many ways. But this year holds a world premier of another kind. For the first time in sports history, a former Olympian will compete in the Paralympics. German discus thrower Ilke Wyludda won a gold medal at the Atlanta 1996 Olympic Games. She was an oustanding athlete and exceptionally talented. But even then, she suffered from various injuries of the joints and ligaments in her knee. From 2000 to 2010 she underwent 15 surgeries the last of which didn’t turn out well. Due to an infection of the wound, her lower leg had to be amputated. But Wyludda’s heart and spirit were still those of a fighter. Only 18 months later, Wyludda decided to take up her beloved sport again to regain her persepctive. Within just a few months, she was nominated for Germany’s London 2012 team. And now there’s a new perspective: Paralympic gold. MAXIE BORCHERT, 18 years

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