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Rio Paralympics 2016 Trailer Proves Their Athletes Are Superhumans

by Jess Catcher
Jess grew up in Oklahoma before moving to New York to become a writer. She has a cat named Agnes.

Despite several attempts as a child, I eventually came to terms with my complete lack of athletic ability.

Whether it was my ever-present clumsiness or simply getting distracted by something completely unrelated while out in the field, I just never really fit into that mold.

That doesn’t stop me from being impressed by those who have dedicated their lives to their preferred sports. I’m not just talking about superstar football or basketball players, but those who spend their lives training for things like the Olympics and, as you see in the video below, the Paralympics.

It’s one thing for someone to hone their abled body, but seeing how these men and women defy the odds to achieve greatness is even more incredible.

Where others might see their physical impairments as setbacks, they prove the exact opposite. Instead of wallowing in self-pity or resigning themselves to a life feeling lesser than others, they turn their so-called disabilities into strengths, effectively becoming actual superhumans as the trailer proves. The athletes range in talents from wheelchair racing, armless archery, and quiet games of soccer for blind players — and that’s barely scratching the surface of how phenomenal they all are.

The empowering montage also shows off the musical and dancing talent of fellow disabled individuals with a retro, big band style meets hard rock rendition of a tune proclaiming their mantra: “Yes I can.”

Take a look to see all of the amazing moments for yourself.

And be sure to SHARE their awesome talents with your loved ones!

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