2012 Paralympics kick off with the first day of action
Mostafa Shahbazi Yajlou of Iran competes during the men's group B goalball match between China and Iran on Aug. 30.Scott Heavey / Getty Images
The action of the London 2012 Paralympic Games got started on Thursday. According to the Associated Press, athletes will be competing in 20 different sports, including archery, cycling, wheelchair basketball and swimming.
The event was founded in 1948 to help rehabilitate injured British veterans returning from the Second World War, though many Americans remain unaware that it exists. (There's also a tendency to confuse it with the Special Olympics, which is unrelated.) Paralympic athletes compete despite impairments including amputations, blindness, cerebral palsy and mobility disabilities. Read the full story.