Topics » Sports   Aug. 21, 2012

Paralympic Athletes Go for Gold in 'Medal Quest'

JUDO FIGHTERS

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RUDY GARCIA-TOLSONANJALI FORBER-PRATTWARRIOR GAMESWHEELCHAIR POWERCHEETAH LEGSPLAYING BLINDJUDO FIGHTERSRUSSELL WOLFECYCLINGBLAKE LEEPER

JUDO FIGHTERS

Paralympic judo is only open to athletes with visual impairments. They compete on a special mat -- called a "tatami" -- that has different textures to show the competition areas. The event has the same rules as in the Olympics with one exception: opponents must always have a loose grip on one another.


See all of WGBH's "Medal Quest" coverage of the 2012 American Paralympic Athletes.

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