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We’re all familiar with the spectacular opening of the Olympics 2008 games in Beijing, especially the sight of Li Ning being hoisted up to “run” mid-air around the stadium before lighting the Olympics flame. Well, here’s something even more spectacular.

Hou Bin of China, a Paralympic Gold medallist climbs a rope to light the Paralympic flame during the Opening Ceremony for the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games at the National Stadium on September 6, 2008 in Beijing, China (direct link to copyright picture)

I saw the lighting of the Paralympics flame by chance – I was channel surfing when I came to the CCTV English news channel just as Hou Bin was lifting himself and his wheelchair up to where the “wick” of the flame waited to be lit. I tell you, I’ve never seen anything so awesome and touching in my life.

More Paralympics pictures here.