From fireworks and flying performers to a welcome from professor Stephen Hawking, the London Paralympic Games started off with a bang exploring the theme of Enlightenment. Here, TIME presents the best moments from the opening ceremonies.
For the first time in 12 years, the intellectually impaired will be allowed to compete at the Paralympics. But thanks to the brazen cheating scandal that halted their participation, the athletes will have to work harder to prove …
From Australia to Great Britain, South Africa to the U.S., TIME takes you around the globe to meet the compelling and inspiring athletes competing at the London Paralympics.
Coming on the heels of the hugely popular London Olympics, the Paralympics starting this week in Britain are shaping up to be the most successful ever
Winning a medal at the Olympics may not be enough to receive an honor from the Queen, and many Brits are not happy about it
How Kenyan Paralympic hero Henry Wanyoike triumphed over despair, ran his way to glory—and got his life back
For Olympic athletes who play their cards right, people’s fascination with the games can translate to opportunities in the business world that may not be available to mere mortals
Not every athlete spends four years solidly training for the Olympics. Here’s our pick of the competitors who are keeping the amateur spirit alive in sport by going back to their day jobs.
Does the rise of women athletes in India point towards a society that is learning to value its girls?
Great Britain’s Olympic stars have achieved their biggest dreams at their home games–but what next for these athletes?