Did you know the 2016 Paralympic Games began on September 7 this year? One man finished a race in track faster than the Olympic men’s winner. One woman is slated to win seven medals this year. Each of these are interesting statistics that don’t receive the same media attention that the Olympics experienced in 2016.
The NBC network agreed to increase their time slot allotment for the Paralympic games this year, but how does that make a viable difference if reporters refuse to cover the events? Many U.S. reporters and photographers were noticeably absent during the games. If you compare the daily coverage on CNN and Fox of the Olympic Games, you will see a sharp difference. Apparently, journalists feel that audiences aren’t interested in the Paralympics and the events are too costly to cover even though they occur at the same venues that the Olympics take place and occur only two weeks after.
According to “The Conversation” news source, Japan has 122 accredited journalists in Brazil and Germany has 99. The U.S. falls behind in these numbers with 52.
Paralympic athletes train just as hard or harder to compete for the honor of their country, but many don’t seem to be interested. We spoke with individuals involved in the Paralympics with roots to Birmingham in August. They include Josh Roberts, a Morris, Ala., native and Jennifer Schuble, a Homewood, Alabama resident. This will be Roberts’ third time competing in the Paralympic Games, specializing in the 100 meter and 1,500 meter sprint events. Schuble is a five-time medalist in the Paralympic games and will compete in five cycling events at the Rio 2016 Paralympics.
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