Best of America

Meet the Superhumans of the 2012 U.S. Paralympic Team

As we prepare to kick back over the long Labor Day weekend, 227 American athletes are in London to compete for Team USA in the largest Paralympic Games yet, which started yesterday. With more athletes competing from more countries before more spectators than ever before, the 2012 edition of the Games has generated unprecedented buzz.

The Team USA roster is particularly impressive, with high hopes for topping the 99 medals won at the 2008 Beijing Paralympic Games. The U.S. team includes 20 military veterans and active duty service members, some of whom were wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan. American viewers  will have greater access to events than in previous years, with NBC airing highlights through September 9. In addition, videos of Team USA will be available daily on the U.S. Paralympics YouTube channel.

Among our Paralympians to watch are Tatyana McFadden, a strong wheelchair racer who took home four medals at the Games in 2008; Jessica Long, a swimmer who helped lead the U.S. Paralympic team to six medals in Beijing; Bradley Snyder, a former Navy lieutenant who will swim on the one-year anniversary of an IED explosion in Afghanistan that left him blind; and Joshua Olson, an active member of the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit.

If all that is not enough to get you pumped, watch this powerful commercial by Britain’s Channel 4. Spoiler: It will leave you completely in awe of what these incredible Paralympic athletes can do.

Become more interesting every week!

Get our Read Up newsletter

how we use your e-mail
We will use your email address to send you the newsletter each week, and we may also send you occasional special offers from Reader's Digest. For more information please read our privacy policy.

Some people like to travel by train because 
it combines the slowness of a car with the cramped public exposure of 
an airplane.

Dennis Miller

I think my pilot was a little inexperienced. We were sitting on the runway, and he said, “OK, folks, we’re gonna be taking off in a just few—whoa! Here we go.”

Kevin Nealon

“I can’t wait until your vacation is over.” 
—Everyone following you on Instagram

@kristencarney

A man knocked on my door and asked for a donation toward the local swimming pool. So I gave him a glass of water.

Comedian Greg Davies

Funny Jokes

Just found the worst page in the entire dictionary. What I saw was disgraceful, disgusting, dishonest, and disingenuous.

@sixthformpoet

Funny Jokes

Client: We need you to log in to the YouTube and make all our company videos viral.

From clientsfromhell.net

Funny Jokes

My cat just walked up to the paper shredder and said, “Teach me 
everything you know.”

@NicCageMatch

Funny Jokes

“Just because you can’t dance doesn’t mean you shouldn’t dance.” 
—Alcohol

@yoyoha (Josh Hara)

Funny Jokes

My parents didn’t want to move to Florida, but they turned 60 and that’s the law.

—Jerry Seinfeld

Funny Jokes

Q: What do you call an Amish guy with his hand in a horse’s mouth?

A: A mechanic.

Fields marked with an * are required
Foods That Harm Foods That HealWant a Free eBook?
FOODS THAT HARM, FOODS THAT HEAL offers important information about the role diet plays in the struggle against heart disease, cancer, diabetes and other serious illnesses. Answer the question below to receive your FREE digital eBook.

Someone in my household experiences the following conditions:

Send me a link to download FOODS THAT HARM, FOODS THAT HEAL:
By clicking below, I agree to the Trusted Media Brands Privacy Policy