'Spirit in Motion' gala opens London's Paralympics

August 30, 2012 • World News

British physicist, Professor Stephen Hawking speaks during the Opening Ceremony for the 2012 Paralympics in London, Wednesday Aug. 29, 2012. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

LONDON (AP) — Volleys of fireworks lit up the night sky, Beverley Knight belted out “I am what I am,” and Britain’s first Paralympic gold medalist lit the cauldron to open the 2012 London Paralympic Games.

It was a night of empowerment for the disabled worldwide. “Enlightenment” was the theme, physicist Stephen Hawking the guide and Olympic Stadium the venue Wednesday as the British capital welcomed 4,200 athletes from more than 160 nations.

Who better to greet the Paralympians than a scientist who has shown that physical disabilities do not limit human potential?

“The Paralympic Games is about transforming our perception of the world. We are Login to read more

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