Coach Alan is in Beijing with the Canadian Blind Sports Assosciation for the Paralympic Games and has sent the following update: Okay- wow is all I can say.
The Paralympic opening lived up to "equal games"- the Bird's Nest was sold out and packed, over 3 hours of performances by singers and dancers with disabilities.
One of the opening acts featured 2000 kids doing a hip hop routine- they were amazing! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vBYLahldjD8 Cruise around YouTube and see what else you can find!
Pics will be up later in the day (or week) as my teams start their competitions today.
Some pictures for his travels so far:
http://picasaweb.google.com/alan.b.carlsson/ForbiddenCityAndJianfangPavillion?authkey=kcLK8JtsSrw# http://picasaweb.google.com/alan.b.carlsson/Beijing2008?authkey=Ku9ck3krf2k# http://picasaweb.google.com/alan.b.carlsson/BeijingParalympicVillage?authkey=avvkw-IPnak# http://picasaweb.google.com/alan.b.carlsson/BeijingOlympicGreen?authkey=ixiW15iro9g# http://picasaweb.google.com/alan.b.carlsson/ParalympicVillageEmpty?authkey=fGXieeQ3zC8# http://picasaweb.google.com/alan.b.carlsson/BeijingOlympicGreen02?authkey=ZCKM7lPSYgo#
CBC's online coverage of the games can be found at http://www.cbc.ca/sports/paralympics/