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    Olympic Defectors

    Olympic Defectors

    A recent article reported that as many as seventy of the Olympic athletes that competed at the London Games last summer and some of their coaches have sought asylum or gone missing... They are part of a long tradition of Olympic athletes who have used the Games as an opportunity to escape from their country of origin. On the line today, all the way from Durham in North Carolina, is Bill Mallon. Bill works as an orthopedic surgeon is Bill Mallon, but he's also a leading authority on the history of the Olympic Games (having written 24 books on the subject), as ...

    http://www.rte.ie/radio1/mooney/programmes/2013/0807/466852-mooney-wednesday-august-7th-2013/?clipid=1284378
    Jason Smyth

    Jason Smyth

    At the age of eight, Jason Smyth from Derry was diagnosed with a genetic eye condition called Stargardts Disease which affects his central vision. Studgardts disease is genetic – his grandfather had suffered from it. Gradually his vision reduced to roughly ten percent of an average person’s eyesight. Whilst that may have slowed many of us down it has not prevented Jason from becoming a double Olympic champion at two Olympic Games, double world champion and the fastest Paralympian on the planet.  

    http://www.rte.ie/radio1/the-john-murray-show/programmes/2013/0802/466040-the-john-murray-show-friday-2-august-2013/?clipid=1281060

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