When I was first told I was going to Brazil, I didn’t know what to expect. I was going to a place that, depending on what you read, had Zika, security woes, violence, pollution, body parts on the beach, and weird pizza.
I had the great fortune of covering para-cycling, the first ever para-triathlon, boccia, table tennis and goalball at the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games.
It only took me one day to realize it. Brazilians are some of the biggest fans I have ever witnessed.
I find that I’m running out of synonyms for “incredible” and “inspirational”. There is no other way to describe the surreal-ness of being given the opportunity to be at a Games. Especially the Paralympics.