Paralympic Games - Hawking sparks a celebration of victories against all odds
Jerome TaylorLondon's Paralympic Games kicked off last night with a triumphant celebration of humankind's ability to overcome seemingly impossible odds, in a ceremony aiming to alter the world's perception of disability.
The renowned physicist Stephen Hawking – a man who has never let his immobility hold him back – took centre stage to lead spectators on a "voyage through time" highlighting major scientific discoveries as well as the long and often arduous fight for equality by disabled activists and athletes.
His arrival was a remarkable entrance for a man more used to the hallways of academia. But there was little doubt he was the star of the show. Using a pre-recorded voice he told the world: "Look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Try to make sense of what you see. Be curious."
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"Paralympic Games - Hawking sparks a celebration of victories against all odds ", La Clé des Langues [en ligne], Lyon, ENS de LYON/DGESCO (ISSN 2107-7029), août 2012. Consulté le 29/09/2023. URL: https://cle.ens-lyon.fr/anglais/archives/archives-revue-de-presse/paralympic-games-hawking-sparks-a-celebration-of-victories-against-all-odds-