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They may not be the Bolts and Phelps, but they possess incredible grit and determination…

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Jessica Long of the United States celebrates after winning gold in the Women’s 100m Butterfly – S8 final on day 1 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at Aquatics Centre on August 30, 2012 in London, England.

Paralympic BraveheartsChina’s Zheng Tao celebrates breaking the world record after winning the men’s 100m backstroke – S6 swimming event during the London 2012 Paralympic Games at the Olympic Park Aquatics Centre in east London on August 30, 2012.Paralympic Bravehearts

Alexsey Obydennov of Russia competes in the Men’s Individual C1-2-3 1km Cycling Time Trial Final on day 1 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at Velodrome on August 30, 2012 in London, England.

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Dirk Koehler of Germany defends during the Wheelchair Basketball match between Great Britain and Germany on Day 1 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at North Greenwich Arena on August 30, 2012 in London, England.

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Ian Sagar of Great Britain celebrates during the Wheelchair Basketball match between Great Britain and Germany on Day 1 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at North Greenwich Arena on August 30, 2012 in London, England.

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Simon Munn of Great Britain during the Wheelchair Basketball match between Great Britain and Germany on Day 1 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at North Greenwich Arena on August 30, 2012 in London, England.

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Scott Robertson of Great Britain competes against Ningning Cao of China in the Preliminary Round of the Men’s Singles Table Tennis in Class 5 on Day 1 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at ExCel on August 30, 2012 in London, England. Cao won the match 3-1.

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Scott Robertson of Great Britain celebrates during a match against Ningning Cao of China in the Preliminary Round of the Men’s Singles Table Tennis in Class 5 on Day 1 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at ExCel on August 30, 2012 in London, England. Cao won the match 3-1.

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Rwanda vs Iran during their Pool B preliminary round of the Sitting Volleyball tournament on day 1 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at ExCel on August 30, 2012 in London, England.

Paralympic BraveheartsMexico’s Christopher Tronco prepares for the Men’s 50m Breaststroke SB2 Final event during the London 2012 Paralympic Games at the Aquatics Centre August 30, 2012. Tronco was competing against other athletes who had a similar degree of physical impairment.

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