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Apr 5, 2018

I am pleased to have worked with Win from the podcast Ask Win for this episode and I’m going to let her introduce it.

When Win first talked to me about doing an episode in conjunction with Cerebral Palsy Awareness month, which was in March, many of the articles and stories I read were about people with Cerebral Palsy who were amazing athletes competing in the Paralympics. Through that rabbit hole, I discovered Dr. Guttmann and the BBC movie “The Best of Men,” which is an incredible feel-good movie, if you get a chance to watch it.

I’m your host, Emily Prokop, and this is The Story Behind The Paralympics.

Special thanks, again to Win from the podcast Ask Win for her introduction and inspiration for this episode. The role of Dr. Ludwig Guttmann was played by Dan Brenic from Netflix ‘N Swill.

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Sources:

Paralympics - History of the Movement - Paralympic.org

MOVIE: The Best of Men - Get the movie on iTunes

The Best of Men - IMDb
Paralympics founder Sir Ludwig Guttmann's legacy celebrated in BBC drama - The Telegraph

The World War II Origins of the Paralympic Games - Time

History of the Paralympics - BBC

Stoke Mandeville - the village that gave birth to the Paralympic movement - ITV.com

Brief history of the Paralympic Games: From post-WWII rehabilitation to mega sport event - abc.net.au

The History of the Paralympic Movement - Insidethegames.biz

ABOUT THE PARALYMPICS | PARALYMPIC HISTORY - pbs.org
Sir Ludwig Guttman 1899-1980 "The de Coubertin of the Paralympics" Giovanni XX111 - La Stampa

2012 sees ties between Special Olympics and Paralympics - SpecialOlympics.org