Rising Phoenix (2020) Movie Script

[man 1 in French]
It's funny because
when you see the last Marvel Avengers,
well... it's a team of
who try to save humankind,
save people,
fight for success.
And, well, we are quite similar.
[energizing music playing]
[rain gushing]
[man 1] We are all superheroes...
because we have all experienced tragedy.
We have all lived through something
that didn't allow us to succeed.
That's where our strength lies.
Life is a fight.
We are trying to save the world.
[man 2 in English] The Olympics
is where heroes are created.
The Paralympics is where the heroes come.
[energizing music playing]
[metal scraping]
[woman 1] At the age of 12,
I was part of a scout group.
They gave you, like,
this kind of nickname.
My name was the Rising Phoenix.
[camera flashing]
Because the phoenix can live and die
and burn and live again.
My scout group saw me in each step,
living, burning, dying, then live again.
When I was really young,
my coach came to me and he told me,
"There is the paradise,
and the name of paradise is Olympic Games.
You just need to work a lot, every day,
every hour as best as you can,
in order to get to the Olympic Games."
So, I was dreaming about Olympic,
and then it changed to the Paralympic,
but it's almost is the same thing.
[spectator] Bebe!
[indistinct chatter]
[Bebe Vio] When I was 14 years old,
I was a torch bearer
to represent
all the future Paralympic athletes.
[crowd clapping and cheering]
[man 2] If you look at the history
of the Paralympic Games,
there have been all the ups and downs,
you know, one good, one not so good.
If you needed to choose a place
where you think we can be successful,
that will be London.
It's our birthplace, the country
that created the Paralympic movement.
Organizing events and being creative
and challenging stereotypes.
London is the capital of the world.
[reporter 1] The organizers of London 2012
began preparing for the Paralympics.
[reporter 2]
According to the charity Mencap,
reported disability hate crime
is at a record high
and anything, therefore, that adjusts
attitudes toward disability matters.
[man 2]
When I mentioned to colleagues of mine
that I was going to go to this interview
for the Paralympic Games,
the majority of people told me,
"Don't get involved."
"This is sport
for atheletes with disability."
"No, that's too complicated.
It's not really sport."
[male reporter] All eyes will be
on the world's Paralympians,
as their emblem replaces the five rings.
During the Olympics,
four or five days before the end,
all these black billboards
seemed to spring up,
saying "Thanks for the warm-up."
That was advertising the Paralympics
on TV, coming.
"Thanks for the warm-up."
I mean, I'm not sure the Olympics
would be happy with that,
but I tell you, it touched a spot with me.
Philip doesn't want to be second,
he wants to be first.
-[commentator] Craven still has it.
-[Xavi Gonzalez] He had been an athlete.
And he wanted that the other athletes
had even better opportunities than he had.
But two more for Phil Craven.
Xavi Gonzalez, good guy, good guy.
If it's not right between the president
and the CEO, forget it.
We wanted to change the way people
saw people with a disability.
[crowd cheering]
[man 1 in French] It was a home for...
all nations.
It's like a team sport,
not an individual sport.
We often stick together.
When we go to competitions,
we are always there
to cheer each other on.
[man 2 in English]
Just that whole atmosphere
of being a part of something bigger
than just yourself, it was incredible.
[woman 1] It's like
this unspoken mission that we have.
Every Paralympian has had a life
where they've been told,
time and time again, that,
you know,
life is gonna be too impossible for them.
[crowd chanting]
[man 2] The Iraqi team was literally,
like, a foot from us,
and we had people on our team
that were injured in Iraq.
The world needs to see more of that.
[uplifting music playing]
We are headed into the opening ceremonies.
[crowds cheering]
[Stephen Hawking] The Paralympic Games
is also about transforming
our perception of the world.
We are all different.
There is no such thing as a standard
or run-of-the-mill human being.
[Philip Craven] We had to provide
multiple stages
upon which they could perform
and show the world and inspire the world
and excite the world.
The Games are the shop window
of the movement.
The Games are the main thing that can
keep the movement moving forward.
[uplifting music continues]
I declare open
the London 2012 Paralympic Games.
[female reporter] There it is, the Agitos,
the Paralympic logo hanging magnificently
from Tower Bridge in London.
It's my first Paralympics.
I'm only gonna be 19 years old.
Good morning!
[man 1]
You feel worried about
the horror storiesabout the history
of the Paralympics, like quiet stadiums.
You never know what it's gonna be like
until you get there, basically.
It's not consistent at all.
So, I was, like,
apprehensive and nervous.
[man 1] They walk you under the stadium,
because they have a track where everyone
does their final bit of preparation.
All the athletes are together.
It's very serious.
[man 2] A lot of people,
based on what they'd been told,
thought it was gonna be a failure
and that they weren't gonna be able
to sell tickets.
[crowd loudly cheering and applauding]
The stadiums were packed.
The sport was incredible.
-[crowd cheering]
-[commentator] Oh, that's an amazing shot!
That's got to be
the shot of the championship.
But what they saw was undoubtedly
better than the Olympics itself.
-[announcer] Set.
-[starting pistol fires]
-[energizing music playing]
-[crowd cheering]
[commentator] The atmosphere
is absolutely electric!
Zhang on the inside,
Dave Weir's going wide.
Dave Weir needs to draw on
all the reserves of confidence
and strength here,
because this is so, so close. Zhang!
Dave Weir's now taking the lead.
Dave Weir's done it again!
We have been graced by greatness tonight.
[crowd cheering]
[Duke of Sussex] For me,
and for so many people out there,
especially young kids...
...to see individuals like that...
...go on and achieve
what they've achieved...
...no amount of books that you read,
no amount of teaching in class
that you can have...
...is going to give you
the same inspiration
as being able to watch something
which you've been told is impossible.
[announcer] Ladies and gentlemen,
it is now the final
of the women's 100m Freestyle S9.
Representing Australia, Ellie Cole.
[crowd cheering]
[whistle blows three times]
[Ellie Cole] People have so many different
physicalities in the Paralympics
compared to the Olympics.
In the Olympics,
all the bodies look the same.
And then inthe Paralympics,
none of the bodies look the same.
[whistle blowing]
It is absolutely petrifying the moment
before you race at the Paralympics.
-[announcer] Take your marks.
-[starting buzzer beeps]
[water ripples]
[Ellie Cole] That cold water hits you,
and you think, "This is it."
"This next minute is probably going to be
the biggest minute of my entire life."
I want as many people in the world
to see the Paralympics as possible,
because if my parents
had known about the Paralympics
back when I was three years old,
they would've had so much more hope
in what people with disabilities can do.
[Ellie Cole's mom]
Oh, Ellie's first day walking.
Come on, Ellie.
[Ellie Cole] I was actually born
a healthy child,
but one day my mum was changing me,
and she found this bump
behind my right knee.
The doctors told them
that I had a very rare form of cancer
called a neurosarcoma.
-[Ellie Cole's dad] Ellie?
-I love you.
-I love you.
And so, I underwent
quite a lot of chemotherapy.
With this chemotherapy,
I was actually getting more sick
than I was from the cancer.
And the tumor wasn't getting any smaller.
My parents had to make the decision
to amputate my leg
just after I turned three years old.
[heart monitor beeping]
[indistinct chatter]
[Ellie Cole's mom] She said today,
"I want my foot back."
-[woman] That's great.
This is your foot, isn't it, Ellie?
It's staying right where it is.
[Ellie Cole] I asked my mum
why she was so scared
to have my leg amputated,
and she was worried that I was going to be
a completely different girl.
My parents didn't know anybody else
that had a disability,
and they were so worried that
any opportunity
that I was ever going to have
when I was born was all of a sudden
going to be taken away from me,
just in that one day.
The thing about living in Australia is
that everybody needs to know how to swim.
[Ellie Cole's mom] Ellie, straight arms.
Ellie? Straight arms.
I was swimming round in circles
for quite a while. [chuckles]
Swimming is one of the only sports
that I could have done as a kid
where I didn't feel like
I had a disability.
So I absolutely loved swimming.
I told my mum
that I wanted to be a ballerina,
because I'd just seen Swan Lake.
And I was like, "Oh, they're so graceful,
and I wanna be graceful."
Turns out I've probably had
one of the most graceful
swimming techniques
on the Australian swim team now
because I really enjoy that aspect of it.
Ellie Cole, having the swim of her life,
at 20 years of age, from Australia.
-Cole is third.
-[Ellie Cole's mother] Go, Ellie!
[woman] Come on, Ellie!
[Ellie Cole] If I think back
to young Ellie, I don't like to be beaten.
[woman] Go!
[Ellie Cole] I decided that I wanted to be
the fastest kid in my squad,
regardless of having one leg.
[commentator] Cole now in the lead.
Look at this form. Cole, front lane six.
[crowd cheering]
[commentator] Ellie Cole,
absolutely phenomenal!
[Ellie Cole] For me to be able
to make my mum so happy like that,
it's the silver lining of being sick.
[Bebe Vio] I was not doing the Paralympics,
so I had the opportunity to stay there
for the entire period
of the Paralympic Games.
[in Italian] Hi, this is Bebe.
Today I'm doing my first commentary.
[in English] I met so many Paralympic
athletes and I fell in love with them,
because when you see someone, you just
wanna know what's their story before.
Because why are they on the wheelchair?
Why are they without arms and legs?
And there are just funny stories,
and there are less funny stories.
"Just tell me what you did, please."
[commentator in French]
The long jump final...
[in French] It was the first time
in my life I'd seen a stadium so full.
[commentator] Jean-Baptiste Alaize
is one of the favorites.
-[crowd cheering loudly]
[cheering fades out]
[Jean-Baptiste Alaize] I chose long jump,
wanting to flee from something, I think.
A sense of...
leaving and never coming back.
Of flying,
of escaping...
I saw so much in a short time, growing up.
I lived through the worst thing,
as a child.
I was haunted by this one nightmare.
I struggled to move on, to forget.
I am a survivor of the Burundi civil war,
in 1993.
I remember everything,
as if it was yesterday.
The Hutus wanted to exterminate
all Tutsi reproductive families,
every mother and child.
I was three years old.
I didn't understand what was happening,
why they were doing this.
I tried to flee from the killers
with my mother.
not fast enough.
And then I received four machete blows.
That's how I lost my leg.
And another blow to my arm.
And here, on my head, and one to my back.
And after that, I was forced to witness...
forced to watch as my mother
was murdered in front of me.
I woke up in a hospital.
Had I been dead for four or five days?
I had external and internal bleeding.
Extraordinary. Three years old,
and I survived this...
this massacre.
And then I had to rebuild my life,
in an orphanage. Alone, abandoned.
Why do I love running and jumping?
It's as if I'm trying to escape
what happened.
I run to escape.
Falling, getting up again.
Falling, getting up again. That's life.
And this is relevant for many people.
And I understood it very early.
And today, sport is what has saved me.
At my first Games,
I didn't learn about victory,
but I learned a lot about humanity.
[Xavi Gonzalez in English] In the
Paralympic sport, everybody has a story.
It comes from them breaking barriers
to be able to achieve
what they wanted to achieve.
Move on and live life,
even if others may think that you cannot.
[crowd cheering]
When I was younger, I had lots of dreams.
I wanted to be a BMX rider and I was
gonna do backflips and all sorts of stuff.
And I remember telling my dad
I'm gonna be the next Michael Jordan,
back when Michael Jordan was the king.
[commentator 1] Steal.
He kept it inbounds. Here it is again.
-[whistle blows]
-[both commentators] Oh!
There was no way
I was gonna be Michael Jordan.
No way.
I'm not tall enough, right?
But the one thing that caught my attention
the most was cars.
I can drive it with my feet and outrace
90% of the people around me.
[engine roaring]
The car doesn't stereotype the driver.
It doesn't care if you have arms
or don't have arms.
It just wants to be driven.
That's why I fell in love with archery.
A bow just wants to be shot.
The doctors said
that there's no medical reason
on why I was born without any arms.
This is how I am. Merry Christmas.
My mom and dad tell stories all the time
about how or why they decided to adopt me.
They weren't looking for anybody
with a physical or mental disability.
Then someone calls them up and said,
"Hey, we have this kid,
you should come check him out."
They're like, "Oh, and he has no arms."
And "Well, maybe we should
think about this a bit."
They decided to take me out to eat,
and I'm putting my face in my food,
like, I'm... [chuckles]
I'm eating like an animal,
kind of, like, legitimately.
My two older sisters and my older brother
were there, and my parents said,
"Notice that everybody in this restaurant
is staring at him right now."
"Is this what you guys want?"
And they were like,
"We aren't leaving without him."
And they took on the hard challenge
of teaching me how to adapt to the world,
versus the world adapting to me.
So, at a very young age,
they were like, "We know you can do it.
You can do it."
And I'm like, "No, I have no arms.
Please help me."
And they're like,
"Nope, sorry. You'll figure it out."
Probably within, like, a year or so,
I started enjoying the fact that I had
that freedom of trying new things.
I remember when I was younger,
I saw my brother climb an apple tree
and I wanted to climb that apple tree.
And I remember my dad said,
like, "Hey, go ahead, climb the tree."
"You know,
if you climb up the tree by yourself,
you have to climb down it by yourself."
And I was stuck up there
for, like, 40 minutes.
But they didn't help me, and I got down,
and it taught me a super valuable lesson.
Even though I don't have any arms,
that I can still do everything
that everybody else can do.
I just have to try.
And if it wasn't
for all that kind of stuff,
I never would have tried to ride a bull,
and I did, right?
And that's where
I got my first concussion.
But if they were way more strict,
I wouldn't have done that.
[announcer] Representing the United States
of America, it is Matt Stutzman.
[crowd cheering and applauding]
[Matt Stutzman] We did a brain scan
on my brain once,
and they realized
that the average person's brain,
that operates the feet,
is like the size of a pea,
and mine is probably
just a little shy of a baseball.
I feel like that was my gift.
I was blessed with the ability
to use my feet like hands.
[crowd clapping and cheering]
They made out the Olympic Village
was more like a Club 18-30.
What was it like
in the Paralympian Village?
Did you get your blade over much?
[audience laughing]
I can't answer these questions.
-Come on!
-You never shagged a single person there?
[audience laughing]
[audience applauding]
[reporter] Jonathan Peacock
from Shepreth in Cambridgeshire
had yet another operation
on his leg a few weeks ago.
[Jonnie Peacock]
In 2011, any interview I did,
pretty much the first question was,
"How did you lose your leg?"
In the months leading up to London
and constantly after London,
it was all about the sport.
And there was a huge shift
from story to sport,
and that was incredible for me to see.
I was never gonna do anything
other than 100.
Probably too lazy to run further,
more than anything else.
Yeah, 100 meters suits me perfectly.
[commentator] And now a world superstar,
in Oscar Pistorius,
the most famous Paralympian of all time,
up against the world record holder
from Great Britain, Jonnie Peacock.
[crowd cheering]
[Jonnie Peacock]
The names in this race are huge.
I'll be happy with a medal.
[commentator] There's Pistorius.
[Jonnie Peacock] Before the race,
I remember Oscar came up to me,
and he goes,"Do you mind
if I just say a prayer for you?"
And he just grabbed my hand,
and he was just like,
pray to God that he hoped
that I could go and do my thing.
And basically,
he said, "Look, this is yours."
I really looked up to him
for all that he'd done
for Paralympic sport,
and obviously,
at the time, he was my idol.
Oscar was the face of the Games.
This is the cheer for Pistorius.
[crowd cheering loudly]
I was like, if I can get a little cheer
compared to Oscar, I'll be really happy.
[commentator] And here's Peacock.
[cheering grows louder]
[chuckles] I could not believe it.
I started hearing my name being chanted,
which is just absurd.
[crowd] Peacock! Peacock! Peacock!
[announcer 1] Gentlemen, stand up, please.
[Jonnie Peacock] This doesn't happen
in athletics. It's meant to be silence.
So I'm just, like,
telling everyone to just be quiet.
[commentator 1]
Peacock's asking them to be quiet.
He wants silence,
and the crowd just need to listen.
Next thing I know... [sighs]
we're in the blocks.
[announcer 2]
Once again, quiet for the start, please.
[commentator 2]
Extraordinary tension around this stadium.
[announcer 1] Set.
[starting pistol fires]
[crowd cheering]
[intense music playing]
[Jonnie Peacock] I don't really remember
anything before 60 meters.
It's what we train for.
When that gun goes off in the race,
you just do it without thinking.
And at that point, I was in the lead.
But the issue is, I suddenly
get focused on the wrong things.
All I thought was, "Oscar's gonna be
coming past me in a minute."
Because in every previous
Paralympic finals,
Oscar kept just pip
single leg on the line,
by the tiniest of margins.
I just absolutely shit my pants.
I'm just getting so tense,
just-- just trying to fight
to get to that finish line.
[commentator] The start vital, and Peacock
gets a good one. He's ahead of Pistorius.
Browne tries to go with him!
Peacock's in front!
Pistorius starting to recover.
Peacock takes the gold!
-[triumphant music playing]
-[crowd cheering]
[man shouting and cheering]
[Jonnie Peacock]
And I remember crossing the line
and thinking,
"Oh, my God, I've just won."
[triumphant music playing]
Then I finally see my name come up first,
and I couldn't believe it.
[reporter] I've heard this described
as the biggest night of sport
in Paralympic history.
-Do you think that's right, Oscar?
-No doubt.
Shows how the sport has grown.
[crowd cheering]
[woman] Jonnie Peacock was running,
and there were 80,000 people
in the Olympic Stadium.
And they weren't shouting
and clapping and cheering
because they were seeing disabled people.
They were shouting because they were
seeing a great sporting event.
And that just brought it home to me,
what the Paralympics mean.
My father did start something
quite amazing.
And I am very, very proud of him.
He was a neurosurgeon and neurologist,
and he was reckoned to be
the next top man in Germany.
He was in his 30s,
building up his career
and bringing two children into the world.
Suddenly, it was all taken away.
[crowd shouting]
[reporter] Berlin's great day dawns
with the arrival of the Olympic flame
at the end of its 2,000 mile journey
from Greece.
[speaking German]
[woman in English]
Hitler came to power,
and he immediately said
all Jewish academics
and teachers and scientists and doctors
could no longer work
in normal hospitals or universities.
So he lost his job, just like that,
because he was a Jew.
He came to Breslau and became
head of the Jewish hospital there,
'cause he was allowed to work
in a Jewish hospital.
[Dr. Guttmannn] On the 9th of November,
I took my car and went to the synagogue.
And there, the whole thing was surrounded
by hundreds of people, burning,
and SS men playing football
with prayer books.
I stood there and realized
that my tears were running down.
But I became quite determined
to help persecuted people.
[woman] Kristallnacht,
where a lot of Jews were beaten up,
about 60 men came to the hospital,
and my father had said,
"You must admit everybody who comes in."
[Dr. Guttmannn] In my position,
I could help people.
Whether Christian or Jewish,
it didn't matter.
Help them to disappear
under the nose of the Gestapo.
[Eva Loeffler] And the next day,
the Gestapo called and said,
"You must come
to the hospital immediately."
And my mother said to my father,
"Take your boots and your overcoat,"
because she thought he would be taken
to the concentration camp.
[Dr. Guttmannn] I went to the hospital
and there were three SS officers
sitting there.
"Sixty-four people were admitted.
How can you explain this?"
I discussed every case,
and of course I invented
all sorts of the diagnoses, you see.
Out of the 64 people, I saved 60.
[Eva Loeffler]
I remember crossing into France
and my mother crying,
and that made a big impression on me.
She was leaving her family
and she knew what might happen.
It was raining when we got to England.
It was all new
and the language was different.
I became quite frightened.
There was a big queue of refugees coming,
'cause we were refugees.
[Dr. Guttmannn]
In came the immigration officer and said,
"Who are the little children
in the background?"
And my wife said, "Ours."
"Will you please come first?
Children shouldn't stay in a draft."
Now this knocked us both out for six.
After all we had been through in Germany,
that simple man saying,
"Children shouldn't stay in a draft."
Then my confidence in humanity
came up like this, [snaps fingers]
and it has never wavered.
[audience applauding]
[reporter] We'll find out which city
will follow London
to stage the 2016 Games.
I would like to thank
the four candidate cities
for their excellent bids.
[man] Madrid! Madrid!
[crowd cheering]
[indistinct chatter]
-Rio de Janeiro!
-[man] Brazil!
There can, however, only be one winner.
Here we go.
I have the honor to announce
that the games of the 31st Olympiad
are awarded to the city of...
Rio de Janeiro.
[crowd cheering]
[crowd groaning]
[announcer] Wait a minute.
Chicago is out?
[crowd cheering]
It was magical, you know.
It was like going to the nirvana.
We were just shouting
and hugging each other and crying.
Then you realize you are hugging Pele.
Well, we were in a different dimension.
When we bid for the Olympics
and the Paralympics,
there was this excitement
about the Paralympic Games
and we were, I would say,
a strong element of the bid.
And I was born in Rio,
so to me it was a dream come true.
Andrew absolutely transformed Brazil
as a major Paralympic nation.
[Andrew Parsons]
I had this dream of making
the Brazilian Paralympic Committee
one of the most important
sport organizations in my own country.
[reporter] Rio de Janeiro is to be
the first Latin-American city
to host the Olympic Games.
After London,
the expectations of the world, the media,
the sponsors, they were very high.
We couldn't fail.
[choral music playing]
[Bebe Vio] Rio de Janeiro,
I was dreaming about it.
I realized that my dream
could be possible.
I completely fell in love with fencing
when I was five years old.
I think I was in the national rankings
for, like, six years.
I was quite good.
When I was 11 years old, I was at the gym,
a fencing gym, of course.
I just felt like a really,
really bad headache.
I went home,
and I had this very big bruise on my head.
So my mum asked me,
"Did you fence without the mask?"
And I was like, "Mum, of course I didn't,"
because I was kind of crazy
when I was young.
I was so lucky because 97%
of people die in the first two hours.
The name of the disease
in general is meningitis.
"Meningites"? Meningitis.
[dramatic music playing]
I don't remember from then on,
because I was in a coma.
It's like you implode from the inside.
A part of my body was trying to kill me.
It was like a kind of match.
I have to fence to win against my disease.
The really difficult thing was not for me.
It was for my parents, for my family.
Every night they went home
because they couldn't stay
at the hospital with me.
They'd just say, "Bye."
You don't know if it's like "arrivederci."
Like, you know, in Italy we say,
"See you soon,"
or it's like, "Bye," and that's it.
And then, a few days after,
they amputated my arms.
They told me that, with the amputation
of the arm, the disease is finished.
Everything is okay, so don't worry.
But then the disease appeared again.
"What do you wanna do?
We can amputate her legs."
My parents were so scared,
and I took the decision for them.
If there is 1% of possibility to live,
let's amputate the legs.
How can you live a life
without legs and arms?
Before my disease,
we have not seen someone without legs,
so someone with a wheelchair.
For me, a wheelchair was for old people.
I was 11 years old.
I was good at school. I was an athlete.
Why does this disease
have to happen to me?
There are a lot of bad guys in prison.
Give them this--
this really bad situation.
I had never done something
really bad in my life. Why to me?
But then,
if you go ahead thinking every day,
"Why to me?" you will never go anywhere.
There's not really an answer,
there's no reason, there's no nothing.
So, it just happened, you know.
Shit happens.
[Bebe Vio and man laughing]
[Bebe Vio] The funny thing is
that you are born again.
You just need to learn,
step-by-step, everything.
Walking, eating, brushing your teeth,
everything is a new thing,
because you forgot every movement.
-[indistinct chatter]
-[water gushing]
[man speaking Italian]
[Bebe Vio] The most important thing
was to go back to fencing.
I just need to smell my old smell
of the fencing gym.
I love the fragrance, you know? [chuckles]
It's a kind of perfume and you just
love it, even if it's a bad, bad smell.
So, I went there and I saw this
wheelchair fencing, I was like,
"Guys, what is this? That's not fencing."
"This is something for disabled.
I don't wanna do something for disabled."
My father used the tape
to put the foil on my hand,
and then I began fencing
and just fell in love again.
Your mind has to be clear
and prepared for everything.
The thing that I really love
is that you can't be scared
in order to win, and I love winning.
[crowd cheering]
You see the world in another way
when you have the mask on.
[soprano singing]
My favorite world is with the mask on.
[singing continues]
[metal clashing]
I was lucky to live my favorite moment
in my life two times.
When I was younger,
my old dream was the Olympic Games.
With the disease and all,
I completely forgot about it.
But then, when I went back to fencing,
I realized that maybe my dream
was not trashed.
[Eva Loeffler] My father said,
"I dream of the time
when disabled people will take part
in the Olympic Games."
Everybody thought, "What a crazy idea."
[bombs booming]
[machine gun firing]
In 1944, if you had a spinal cord injury,
you didn't have much chance.
[Philip Craven] They were brought back
to Britain in open-top coffins.
Themedical fraternity said,
"Well, they're no good anymore."
They couldn't go back and fight,
so pump them up with morphine,
then they die of infection
within six months.
[Eva Loeffler] When they decided to open
the Spinal Injuries Centre
at Stoke Mandeville,
nobody wanted to do it,
because the patients died.
When they offered the job to my father,
he had all sorts of ideas how to help.
He jumped at it.
And he did this extraordinary treatment
of turning them every two hours,
and really, that stopped the bed sores,
and they lived.
And because he didn't have any staff,
he stayed at the hospital and helped
turn the patients every two hours.
He was never at home. [chuckles]
I knew that he was being
a very good doctor
and doing something very special.
So, I'd have been dead,
if this guy hadn't come along.
[Dr. Guttmann]
Paraplegia is not the end of the way.
It is the beginning of a new life.
Sir Ludwig, his main goal,
which was so simple,
was to ensure
that those individuals became taxpayers.
[Andrew Parsons]
And this means to be a citizen.
It's not only about surviving.
It's about being a useful human being,
be your friend, a member of your family,
be your husband, your wife, someone,
you know, someone like everyone else.
[Dr. Guttmann] It occurred to me
that it would have been a serious omission
not to include sport in the rehabilitation
of handicapped people.
That was probably one of the best thoughts
I have ever had as a medical man.
[Duke of Sussex] The hook is the sport.
There isn't anything else in the world
that can bring you back
from the darkest places than sport.
[Dr. Guttmann] When I saw how sport
is accepted by the paralyzed,
it was logical to start a sports movement.
We had our first competition between
paralyzed ex-servicemen, 16 only,
on the very day, of 29th July, 1948,
when the Olympic Games
were opened in London.
[crowd cheering]
[blows whistle]
[Eva Loeffler] They trained all the time
to get fitter,
to get better, to be faster.
The movement just took off.
[reporter 1] 18 countries make a record
entry for the International Para...
[reporter 2] Twenty-two countries
were represented at this year's...
[reporter 3] Twenty-six countries
took part in the Stoke Mandeville Games.
It just grew like topsy, really.
Rome was the first time
they managed to have Paralympic Games.
A lot of people thought it was
something to do with being paralyzed,
but Paralympic was parallel
to the Olympic.
[Andrew Parsons]
I think Guttmannn was really smart
in realizing sport movement
will be a very important tool
for challenging perceptions worldwide.
-[triumphant orchestral music playing]
-[crowd clapping rhythmically]
[Eva Loeffler]
When it went to China, to Beijing,
that was another country
where disabled people were never seen.
They were kept hidden away.
[woman in Mandarin]
As I was disabled at a very young age,
my family never had
high expectations for me.
They just wondered what I would do
when I grew up,
how would I support myself?
[trainer speaking Mandarin]
-[woman grunts]
-[trainer speaking Mandarin]
[spectators applauding]
[announcer speaking Mandarin]
The China Disabled Persons' Federation
was recruiting athletes
for the 2008 Beijing Paralympics.
They came to my home and asked me
if I was interested in sports.
I was born to a family that was not rich.
They had opened a door for me.
[in English] Beijing, we have
the largest country in the world...
[announcer] People's Republic of China.
[crowd cheering loudly]
[Xavi Gonzalez]
...making an absolute commitment
to make the Paralympics
the best that they could be
and use it to transform the lives
of people with a disability.
[announcer 1 speaking Mandarin]
[announcer 2 in English] Here we go,
going head-to-head, the gold medal match.
Number three, Ryley Batt.
[announcer 1 speaking Mandarin]
I think China surprised everyone. They did
a really good job of the Paralympics.
We got to play in the final there
against the United States of America
and there would have been
8,000-plus spectators in that final.
[announcer speaking Mandarin]
[Ryley Batt] The first time I did hear
about the Paralympics,
I didn't really want
to watch people in wheelchairs.
They're my kryptonite.
I didn't want to get in a wheelchair.
Didn't want anything to do with it.
-[crowd chanting] USA!
-[announcer speaking Mandarin]
[video interference]
[Ryley Batt] When I was in Mum's tummy,
she got ultrasounds done.
Nothing showed up.
No disabilities showed up.
So when I entered the world,
it was a huge shock for my family...
that I was missing legs
and missing a few fingers on each hand.
You know, I've heard stories that my nan,
who was the sweetest old thing,
didn't even know how to hold me.
She didn't know how to accept me,
and, you know,
my mum and nan cried for many weeks,
not knowing what to do with me
and what I was gonna be.
[indistinct chatter]
-Say, "G'day, camera."
-Yeah. Yeah, bike. He says, "Bike."
-[woman] Bike. [chuckles]
[Ryley Batt] I don't know
what it was about my pop.
He just wouldn't take no for an answer.
-Now wave to Mummy.
-[bike engine roars]
-Give Mummy a wave.
-[Ryley Batt] He bought me a motorbike
when I was three and a half
or four years old,
and my parents looked at him and said,
"Why are you buying him this?"
"How's he going to ride it?"
[Ryley Batt's pop] That's a great bike
you've got there, Ryley.
Right, away you go, Ryley.
The day I got on that quad bike
was the best day of my life,
and I still do have memories of that day.
He just made me feel like a normal boy.
[Ryley Batt's pop] Look at that boy go.
[Ryley Batt]
I don't remember once thinking that,
"Oh, poor me, I'm disabled."
I didn't see myself as disabled
or see myself that I had a disability.
[Ryley Batt vocalizes]
-[Ryley Batt's dad] You're like a monkey.
[Ryley Batt] My mode of transport
was a skateboard at the time.
I wanted to fit in with my friends
and be cool.
I was in school, and I was away
when we had to tick all the boxes,
what sport we wanted to play.
I got stuck with wheelchair rugby. Um...
I did want to jump in that chair,
but then I was too embarrassed to do it.
Another week went on,
and I went for a swim.
Came back a few hours later,
my skateboard had been stolen.
Don't know what clicked in my head,
but I went,
"Maybe I should give this
wheelchair rugby a go."
I'm a bit of an adrenaline junkie.
When you're hitting someone head-on,
it's like a small car crash.
[reporter] It's hard, fast
and not for the faint-hearted.
It's no surprise that wheelchair rugby
is also known as murderball.
-[spectators] Ooh!
Wheelchair rugby suits me to a T,
but in saying that,
my teenage years were probably
my hardest times in my life.
I was fairly negative about who I was.
I didn't really want to go out into public
and I worried
what people thought of me every day.
Probably eating too much
and started putting on weight.
-[interviewer] Do you have a girlfriend?
-No, I don't at the moment. [chuckles]
Just go out to parties
and get different chicks, sometimes, so...
-[interviewer] Yeah?
- Not often, yeah.
-[laughing] Ryley, you talking it up?
-[chuckles] Nah.
[both laughing]
[crowd cheering]
Beijing 2008, I was definitely playing
on natural talent.
I was nowhere near as fit
as I should have been.
We lost that final, and you feel like
you've let another 11 players down.
[team cheering]
[indistinct announcements]
Didn't like my disability,
and it was a hard time.
[announcer] Paralympic champion,
the United States of America.
[crowd cheering]
[Zhe in Mandarin]
After the 2008 Beijing Paralympics,
people all over the country changed
their attitude towards the disabled.
-[trainer speaking Mandarin]
-[crowd cheering]
My life, and my familys,
improved a lot after that.
[crowd cheering]
[Philip Craven in English]
Before the Paralympics, China had
a very low impression
of people with an impairment.
But that's been the same
in every country of the world.
It kind of happens even here,
even in the UK, um,
you know, maybe a bit more subtly.
[Jean-Baptiste Alaize in French]
I was adopted in France.
It was as if I had landed on a new planet.
I was often told I was good for nothing.
I was just a dirty cripple...
uh, a negro...
It's, um...
I was little. I didn't really understand
what was going on.
But when I told my parents about it...
I often struggle to understand
why people are so harsh
with the differences of others.
[Ellie Cole in English]
Growing up in Australia,
I was like a prime candidate for bullying.
There was this kid,
and he saw that I had one leg,
and he kept calling me "pirate,"
and I was just like...
The next time he called me pirate,
I'd had enough,
so I took my prosthetic off
and I threw it across the room
like a javelin,
and, um, it hit him.
That was my first day of high school.
I never got bullied again.
[Philip Craven]
My heart's still functioning.
My brain's still functioning.
And I'm here, and don't hold me back,
'cause I won't allow it.
Give us a chance and we'll show you
what we can do.
And if not, we'll make our own chances.
[birds tweeting]
I come from a rural area,
and I understand when things are hidden.
It was very weird.
Usually back in the rural areas,
they would take the children
and they would put them away,
because the family thinks it's a curse
or something, to have a disabled child.
There's some people
that don't want to see them.
[cheetah purring]
From the age of one to ten,
I was stuck in a wheelchair.
You don't see what other people see.
It's like you don't see your future.
The charity, a non-profit organization
that helped me, you know, with my legs.
[young Ntando Mahlangu] Hold here.
This one or this one?
[man] Okay, turn it.
I got my first pair of blades,
the Cheetah blade.
It changed my life in many ways, you know.
Now I could come to people,
look them directly in the eye
and greet them,
instead of looking at their stomach.
You feel the same level.
The moment I started moving around,
I started loving that feeling.
[woman] Well done!
[Ntando Mahlangu] People always ask me,
"Why can't you stand still?"
I don't think I want to stand still.
I always want to move.
Every time when I get to run,
it brings laughter to me.
There's nothing that can bother me.
The only thing that I can hear
is the wind blowing through my ears.
[dramatic music playing]
I started thinking, "I want to do things."
"I want to be better.
I want to change the world."
My coach said to me,
"I see talent in you."
"We are going to Rio."
[Xavi Gonzalez] This had been
the first time that we had
two very successful Games:
Beijing and London.
So expectations for Rio were immense.
[Andrew Parsons] In terms of organization,
I think we are in the final adjustments.
You know, the construction part
is underway, is on schedule.
We thought,
"Wow, man, this is going to be amazing."
"We're really going to deliver
something absolutely special."
But then we started to see
a few bumps in the journey.
[in Portuguese] Here we will hold
the best Paralympic Games in history,
not in terms of organization,
but in human warmth...
[Andrew Parsons in English] The name of
the committee was to be announced.
The official name
was Rio 2016 Organizing Committee
for the Olympic Games.
Not for the Olympic and Paralympic.
So that left a question mark in my mind.
Why not have Paralympic
as part of the official name?
I don't know, some of the most senior
leaders there, they couldn't care less.
If you look at the history
of the Paralympic movement,
there were times when our athletes
were not treated with the proper dignity
and the proper respect.
In Atlanta, it was just a disaster.
[starting pistol fires]
[Xavi Gonzalez]
The Olympic Organizing Committee
decided not to organize the Paralympics.
[Andrew Parsons]
Athens, if you see the pictures,
the stands,
they were not full of spectators.
The promotion, they had many issues.
I always say,
"If it's easy, it's not Paralympic."
[reporter 1] Russia has refused to host
the disabled Olympics this year.
[reporter 2]
Professor Sir Ludwig Guttmannn is upset
at the Russians' decision
to keep the disabled out.
[Dr. Guttmann] I felt rather bitter.
[presenter] I understand that the Soviets
don't admit to having disabled people,
and that was one of the reasons
they said you couldn't go.
They are behind,
at least 20 years behind us.
[reporter] When the Soviet Union
declined to stage
the Olympic Games for the handicapped,
a tradition which began in Rome
in 1960 was broken.
But the Netherlands ensured
the Games would take place.
When I arrived in Arnhem,
I wasn't aware, really,
that Sir Ludwig died
earlier that year in 1980.
[Eva Loeffler] Well, I think
he was still fighting, to the very end.
I mean, he was working away.
He still turned the lights off
every evening,
being the last person to leave,
and he was in full flight again
with his work.
So, it was a good time for him to go.
I went to Arnhem,
and... it-- it was very poignant.
The first thing which happened was,
there was a minute's silence... for him.
And hearing the minute's silence
of all these people thinking about...
my dad was very emotional for me.
And there was a chap next to me
with very severe cerebral palsy.
He couldn't speak,
but he had a board in front of him,
and he pointed to various letters
and said, "Why are you here?"
And I said,
"Because Ludwig Guttmannn is my father."
And he spelled out, with great difficulty,
"He is a great man."
But the Games were a great success.
They were there because the Russians said
they hadn't got any disabled.
But now, I think they have quite a few.
So, you've won 17 Paralympic medals,
including seven gold.
You hold the world record
in every track event.
Uh, 100 meter, 400 meter, 800 meter,
1,500 meter, 5,000 meter.
You're the first person ever to win
all four of the world's major marathons
in one year, and you've done that
three years in a row.
[audience cheering and applauding]
-Thank you.
So tell everybody where you're from,
and your story,
'cause it's incredible.
Where were you born?
I was born in St. Petersburg, Russia.
[woman] Being born
with a disability in Russia in the '80s,
it was a struggle.
My birth mom could not
take care of me financially.
I was put into Orphanage Number 13.
There's no fancy name.
It's just Orphanage Number 13.
It was just, like, a simple life.
I didn't have a wheelchair.
The only way to get around
was that I scooted around the floor,
using my hands as my legs.
I was the rebel there,
and I was a very stubborn child.
I was never adopted until that sixth year
when my mom walked in.
I owe her my life.
Before I knew it,
I was on a plane to America.
So I didn't know the outside world.
My mom said that I was screaming,
because it was the unknown,
I was leaving something
that I'd known for so long, and then
entering a new world that I didn't know
or speak the language.
-[baby crying]
-[young Tatyana McFadden giggling]
Hi, there, hello!
-[woman] How old are you?
-Six years old.
[indistinct chatter]
[Tatyana McFadden] Coming to the US,
my legs were atrophied behind my back,
so I think I had ten surgeries
just to, like, straighten out my legs.
The doctors, they didn't really expect
a life for me.
I wouldn't live very long,
that I wouldn't hold a job.
They thought very narrow.
I think the moment I sat
in that racing chair,
I just-- I don't know,
I knew it was for me.
[Tatyana McFadden] It was something
like I'd never felt before...
[woman] Tatyana!
[Tatyana McFadden] ...freedom
and that I could go really fast.
I was so in the zone,
I didn't really care about anything else.
Nothing was wrong in the world.
It just felt endless, you know.
I could just go forever.
I train 120 miles per week.
Our training is almost identical
to an able-bodied runner.
Watch this.
People believe that walking on my hands
for the first six years
built the muscle mass
in my arms and my back.
I remember in the beginning
of the school year,
we were supposed to write down
academic goals.
My last goal I wrote down was,
"Going to be in the Olympics
in Athens in 2004."
[crowd applauding]
[announcer] Tatyana McFadden.
[crowd cheering]
[starting pistol fires]
[woman] Come on, Tatyana!
[crowd cheering]
[Tatyana McFadden] No one thought
I would make the team.
No one thought I would medal.
When I came back from the Games,
people didn't really know
that the Paralympics happened.
I wanted to join
the high school track team,
but I didn't have the right
to run alongside of other runners,
when I was the only
female wheelchair racer out there.
I didn't understand why
I was being discriminated against.
Even coaches said I should
have a club of my own kind
and that I really don't belong here.
It was hurtful.
And I thought,
"Okay, we're going to fight this."
So, we sued for no damages, so no money.
We sued for the right
for people with disabilities
to participate in high school sports.
[reporter 1]
Disabilities are now being granted
equal access to school sports programs.
That mandate comes
from the Obama administration.
[Tatyana McFadden]
I could run alongside of other runners.
[reporter 2] For the first time
in history, students with disabilities
will now be included on sports teams
at their local school.
[Tatyana McFadden] It was a hard thing
to go through, but the law became federal,
called the Sports and Fitness Equity Law.
Some people call it Tatyana's Law.
When I found out that the Games were
finally going to be happening in Russia,
how cool would it be to do something?
[snow crunching]
[Andrew Parsons] Many people are surprised
we have the Paralympic Winter Games.
We have blind athletes,
100 kilometers per hour, downhill...
-[indistinct chatter]
...trusting in their guide,
through a radio system, to say,
"Left, right."
[commentator] Super-G
for the visually impaired underway.
-[indistinct chatter]
[Tatyana McFadden] I don't like
to go down hills fast,
so, like downhill skiing
was out of the picture.
I was like,
"Cross-country skiing, perfect."
Training was probably
the hardest thing I've ever done.
I was told by other coaches on the team
that I should go back to my summer sport
and focus on training for Rio.
[commentator] Tatyana McFadden,
what an interesting story she is.
[Tatyana McFadden]
There was nothing greater
than seeing your family holding
an American flag and a Russian flag,
and kind of being blended together
at that moment.
McFadden still trying to hold them off.
Here comes Marthinsen down the inside,
closest to the fans.
McFadden trying to hold her off.
And Marthinsen driving the shoulders
into the poles.
What a great finish, stroke for stroke.
I think Marthinsen got there
by 0.1 from McFadden.
What a finish.
[Tatyana McFadden]
Winning a silver medal
and having my birth mom at the competition
was definitely the cherry on top.
[indistinct chatter]
Having that reunion and seeing her,
I was so excited.
You could just see the relief on her face.
She lived such a hard life,
always worrying how I'm doing every day.
I think when she saw me, it felt like
she took 20 years off her life.
[reporter] The Rio Olympics
are just weeks away.
[Ntando Mahlangu]
I'm not promising everything, you know,
I'm so young, there's no disadvantage.
You just have to do your best
and everything shall come to you, yeah.
As a 14-year-old boy, I'm going to Rio.
[Matt Stutzman]
I was just so excited that I made it.
I spent four years training for Rio.
[woman] Yeah!
Four years. [chuckles]
[Ryley Batt] You do have to sacrifice
a lot in life:
friends' buck's parties, weddings,
birthdays, all those kind of things.
[Bebe Vio] Maybe this will be
my only one Paralympic Games.
In five years, everything can change.
[Andrew Parsons] A few weeks prior
to the opening of the Olympic Games,
I had a call
from the Organizing Committee,
I said, "What's it about?" They said, "No,
when you come here, we talk about it."
And then I said, "Mmm..."
That July 18th
was an absolute key date.
There were three of us in there,
in our side.
And basically what they said was,
"It's about money."
"The Paralympics
would be seriously affected."
"To be honest,
we don't know what would be the level
that we would deliver the Paralympics."
"We may not deliver the Paralympics."
That was the five longest minutes
of my life.
Fucking hell. [inhales]
There was no money.
What the hell? What is going on here?
Everybody knows you need money
to run the Games.
They are not telling you,
"We can do this, or we can do that."
They are telling you,
"We cannot organize the Games."
We were in shock.
I knew Xavi by more than ten years.
It was the first time ever
that I didn't see him react.
I couldn't, at that moment,
see how we could fix it...
And that was scary.
And then, all of them left the room.
And I think we were there
for five or ten minutes,
silent, not knowing what to say
and where to start.
[reporter] Athletes' chances of travelling
to next month's Paralympics
are in a precarious state,
according to the president
of the International Paralympic Committee.
Never before, in the 56-year history
of the Paralympic Games,
have we faced circumstances like this.
There is growing concern tonight
about the Paralympics.
They said that the Paralympics
is gonna becanceled
because there was no money.
[reporter] The world wouldn't allow this
to happen to the World Cup in Rio,
or the Olympic Games in Rio.
I mean, this is a scandal.
For the entire month before Rio,
I was crying.
What is going to happen? I was like...
I didn't know what to think at that time,
to be honest. It was sort of overwhelming.
...that started off as a concern,
but is very quickly
edging towards a crisis.
[reporter 1] How bad is the cash crisis?
In one word,
he said it's absolutely "calamitous."
[reporter 2] It was revealed funding
that should have
been set aside for the Paralympics in Rio
has already been spent
on the Olympic Games instead.
Well, I'll be completely honest
with you guys here, I got really angry.
I thought that was preposterous.
There's a set budget for the Paralympics
and there's a set budget for the Olympics.
Why are you taking it from our pot?
You just feel like these people don't view
the Paralympics as anything.
All the National Paralympic Committees
were saying,
"Andrew, what is happening?
Are the Games really happening or not?"
Paralympians don't have the time
to worry about what doesn't work.
They just maximize what does.
And I can assure you
that's what we are gonna do here.
[Andrew Parsons] Forget about these guys,
the leadership, because they won't help.
We knew that we couldn't fail
to the athletes.
And the three of us got at it.
You had Xavi reorganizing the resources
that were available.
We took a white board.
Is this measure possible?
No, the contract is signed.
Everything is paid, gone.
Is this measure possible?
Yes, but we need this. Let's go and do it.
[Andrew Parsons]
And Philip was being Philip,
with the media and on the political level.
[Xavi Gonzalez] Andrew Parsons,
his role was to work
with the Brazilian authorities.
I was trying to find money,
so we went to the government.
[reporter] Brazil's first female president
Dilma Rousseff, has been suspended.
The president of Brazil
was impeached at the time.
[people chanting]
It's a recipe for disaster.
-[people shouting]
-[loud rumbling]
[Xavi Gonzalez] There was a lot
of operational changes that we did,
but at the end of the day,
it was all about the money.
And the money, it'll be next week,
it'll be next week, it'll be next week.
We always talk and exchanged WhatsApps
as things were progressing.
[message tone beeping]
[Philip Craven]
The efforts to save the Games
had to happen during the Olympics.
In that period that the Olympics is on,
I was on staging camp in Alabama,
getting ready for our own Games.
I just kept on going with my preparation
and just, fingers crossed,
hoped that it would all work out.
[Jean-Baptiste Alaize in French]
It was very difficult to focus.
So much stress,
so much mental preparation.
[Matt Stutzman in English]
I basically just didn't watch the news.
I didn't want to know about it.
I was trying to stay in game mode.
[message tone beeping]
[Philip Craven] We found some money.
Then a federal judge slapped an injunction
on the government
that it could not transfer
any of this money that they'd promised,
unless the Organizing Committee
opened its books.
And of course,
they didn't want to do that.
-[waves crashing]
-[birds tweeting]
[thunder rumbling]
[reporter] With the Games less than three
weeks away, Rio now hangs by a thread.
[message tone beeping]
[Andrew Parsons] And this is something
I will never forget
because it was the federal government
and myself
going to speak to a judge in Rio,
together with the attorney general
of the city.
And basically,
I told him-- I told him, "Look,
if we don't get this money,
we will not have the Paralympics."
"And in a country with millions,
24 million persons with disability,
what are we doing with the people?"
"We are telling the disabled people,
'No, look...
...you're not important.
You know, you're not worth the effort.'"
[sirens blaring]
[message tone beeping]
[message tone beeping]
Inside, I was terrified.
These Games, if they don't happen,
we're done. We're done as a movement,
as an organization.
[Philip Craven]
We'd have really broken the cycle.
Confidences wouldn't have been there
in the future.
It would be the extinguishing
of that Paralympic flame.
And Xavi was saying, "We're dead."
He was really emotional.
[sniffles] It's difficult to explain,
because our belief
that we are part of a much bigger picture.
Hmm, that this is a movement for good.
[Ellie Cole]
At the gym, I got a phone call
from the CEO of Swimming Australia.
I've never felt so much relief in my life.
You know, we're told that the Games
were going to go ahead.
Of course, we were super excited,
and I was trying to hold all my emotions
inside of my body.
I was, like, super polite like this.
"Okay, I'm ready.
I'm going to do a workout now."
I just sit and cried again. [chuckles]
Then the good news, we've got the money.
Thank God.
We've come from nothing
and we can put something on.
These Games are going ahead,
come hell or high water.
[reporter] Years of preparation
has come down to this one journey.
[people applauding]
[Tatyana McFadden] Paralympics,
when it happens every four years,
it is something almost magical.
[people chanting]
It is a community,
and we do support each other.
-[upbeat music playing]
-[people cheering]
[Matt Stutzman] And the world sees
that connection during those Games.
[people cheering]
And it's a huge, powerful statement,
because there's all these people
who have fought just to get there.
[in Portuguese] Your dream has come true.
You have arrived
at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.
[man in English]
Over in the distance is the Olympic Park.
[announcer 1] Rio 2016 Paralympic Games
just moments away.
[indistinct chatter]
[announcer 2] As we move on
to one of our highlight races,
the men's 800 meters T54 final.
[umpire] Thirty-fifteen.
[announcer in English] Ten.
Everything was just... a ghost town.
[Jean-Baptiste Alaize in French]
It was... It was shocking.
[Philip Craven in English] Bloody hell.
The Organizing Committee
who'd lost our money, if you will,
or spent it, they hadn't sold any tickets.
Very few tickets sold,
less than in any previous Games.
That was creating a bad environment.
Problems of money were important in this,
but it was something in the behind,
why we are doing this if nobody
is going to come to watch it anyway?
There's thousands of seats there
that could change those people's lives.
Because don't forget, yes,
lives are being changed on the track,
but lives are also being changed
in the stands as well.
[crowd applauding and cheering]
[commentator] The final
of the men's 200 meters, T42.
First major championship
for Ntando Mahlangu.
[Ntando Mahlangu] Let's forget
about the stadiums being packed.
Yes, it plays a big role.
Yes, you want people to come and support.
But I'm representing a billion people.
It's amazing.
It's actually a big thing to represent
where I come from,
because I will never forget my roots.
[orchestral music playing]
[commentator] So away they go.
Mahlangu is slow out of the blocks.
I'm representing my people.
I'm representing my tribe.
I'm representing the other tribes.
You are running for the taxi drivers
that drive me to town,
people that make sure that we get bread
in the rural areas.
I'm running for those people
that play a role in my life.
[commentator] Here comes Mahlangu
for South Africa!
[orchestral music swells]
Whitehead's gonna get the gold!
Mahlangu gets the silver.
Mahlangu's second,
with a new African record.
Every, every athlete
is dreaming of the gold medal.
[announcer] Ntando Mahlangu.
[crowd cheering]
But then when I got the silver,
it was overwhelming.
[Andrew Parsons]
I remember some people saying,
"Ah, but the ticket sales are low,"
and so I said, "Wait.
The people will come.
The Brazilian people will get behind
these Games. They will not let us down."
[starting buzzer sounds]
[Xavi Gonzalez] All of a sudden,
that Paralympic spirit happened.
The athletes took the center stage.
[commentator 1] Ellie Cole has the gold
in Paralympic record time.
[commentator 2]
It'll be an all-American race here.
And Tatyana McFadden
gets her first gold in Rio!
[commentator 3]
A brilliant run from Peacock!
[Andrew Parsons]
The ticket sales started picking up.
[blows repeatedly]
[Philip Craven] The people didn't know
about the Paralympic tickets,
and once they did,
"We'll have some of that."
[commentator] It's going to be close
between them. And here comes Van Rhijn!
Van Rhijn might have got there,
and she has!
[Jonnie Peacock]
The absolute highest number of people
that went into the Olympic Park
was during the Paralympic Games,
not the Olympics.
[people whooping and cheering]
It was the sports, the parasports,
that saved the day.
And the spectators, the people from Rio,
the Cariocas came to see it
and they connected.
[crowd cheering]
[Andrew Parsons]
There was a moment in boccia...
In boccia, the athletes
have a severe disability,
so they could stress
if it's too cold, too warm,
the noise, surprise
or something like that,
and the crowd was just, "Ahhh!"
Again, like a football stadium.
[people cheering loudly]
And the officials were a bit concerned.
"Should we tell the crowd?
Should we try to make them less noisy?"
And the athletes said, "We are loving it.
That's what we always want in our life."
[crowd and team cheering]
All the hard work paying off for Brazil,
and the moment that the team and captain,
Antonio Leme, will never, ever forget.
[Ryley Batt]
There was a buzz around in Rio
that was just sort of electric.
The fans were loving the sports.
We were lucky enough,
to be honest, in the final,
that I think they liked the Aussies
more than the Americans
and cheered us on.
[commentator] There is the undisputed
best player in the world, Ryley Batt.
[crowd cheering]
[Ryley Batt] There was one team we wanted
to beatin the Paralympics
and that was the USA.
Looking at photos of Beijing
really turned the tables for me.
That silver medal sat on my bedside table.
I would look at it every morning,
and go, "No, that needs to be gold."
"Get yourself out of bed,
and go be an athlete."
[commentator] Everybody in position.
-[whistle blows]
-It's the opening tip.
And we're underway.
He's got power aplenty.
He'll barge right through.
To be honest, when I lost all that weight,
I started to accept my disability more.
[commentator] He's lost it here.
Because I was more proud of who I was.
[commentator 1] And we are level again.
Batt has opened up this right lane.
Here he comes again, the battering ram.
[commentator 2] Ryley Batt makes it 58-57.
[commentator 1] That could've been
a gold medal ball.
[commentator 2] They call a time-out.
[Ryley Batt] My pop
was a huge influence in my life,
and, you know, he always said to me,
"Lead by example."
Don't look like that, talk to Poppy.
[Ryley Batt] I wanted to win for him.
I wanted to play the best I can
for my pop.
[exhales deeply]
[voice breaking] Very sad
to see him go last year... [chuckles]
It gets me a bit emotional. Um...
But he'd be proud of who I am.
[woman] Bye-bye, bye-bye. [chuckles]
[commentator] Australia with the inbound
inside of 3.6 seconds. It's up to Batt.
[crowd cheering]
Batt will take it across the line,
and it's over!
They will win the gold medal!
What a moment as they do it in extra time.
[Ryley Batt] I love it because you've won
with 11 of your best mates.
[all] Whoo!
[Andrew Parsons] I believe that maybe Rio
was even more important
to the Paralympic movement than London
because we were
never as exposed as in Rio.
We were never that raw, you know.
It was pure sport.
[commentator speaking Portuguese]
-[crowd cheering]
[commentator continues]
[Bebe Vio in English]
A Paralympic athlete,
they are ready to create
another new story through the sport.
You train for your entire life,
in order to have that moment.
Rio was tough because I had this problem
to do with my arm.
I couldn't fence the week before,
and I was so depressed.
Everybody was fencing,
everybody was getting better,
and then I was just there, sitting.
Rio, I was shooting the best
I had shot in a long time,
and I knew I was gonna win.
[announcer] Ten!
-[man] Whoo-hoo!
-[crowd cheering]
-[buzzer sounds]
-[commentator speaking Portuguese]
[Matt Stutzman] I remember shooting
my last arrow,
and I had to hit a ten to win,
nine to tie, eight I lose.
[commentator speaking Portuguese]
[Matt Stutzman in English]
I had equipment malfunction and I lost.
And, like, that was heartbreaking for me.
Like, Rio and I
aren't good friends, you know?
Um, and it took a while
to recover from that one,
for sure, because of the dedication
and what you do
to put in four hard years of time.
[commentator] Welcome back to Carioca 3,
and Paralympic wheelchair fencing.
[indistinct announcements]
[Bebe Vio] Two days before
the Paralympics, I start again fencing,
but I was fencing in such a bad way
because I was so stressed.
My coach was, "You are doing great."
I was like, "No!"
"Don't tell me that I'm doing great
if I'm not doing great!"
"Fuck off! Just go away!"
It was really difficult for me.
If nobody believes in me, it's okay,
but if I don't believe in myself,
that's a real problem.
[Bebe Vio] Chinese,
they dominated everything
for years, every competition.
They are so strong,
and we don't know how is that possible?
[commentator 1] In just a few minutes,
we'll have a new Paralympic champion.
And now, the referee asks for the fencers
to come en garde.
-[indistinct announcements]
-[coach] Hey!
-[Bebe cheering]
Bebe! Bebe!
[commentator 1] If she's celebrating
like this after one point,
imagine if she makes it first to 15.
Hey! Hey!
[Bebe Vio] Everything was perfect
with one point and then the other point.
-[official] Allez.
-[coach] Hey!
Mamma mia! What am I even doing, you know?
[official] Allez.
[competitor yells]
[commentator 2]
Well, don't forget that she is competing
now against the new pe champion here.
-[official] Allez.
[commentator 2] A quick one,
she's brought it up to just one point.
[indistinct shouting]
[Bebe Vio]
Physically, she's better than me,
because she has the hands,
or she has the legs,
so she's much better than me.
-[official] Allez.
[coach] Hey!
[speaking Italian]
[commentator 2 in English]
She wants it so badly.
A point back, though.
[indistinct shouting]
-[Bebe Vio yelling]
-[commentator 1] So pumped.
Back up to five-point lead now for Vio.
-[official] Prtes. Allez.
[coach] Hey!
[commentator 1]
The Italian is feeling some discomfort.
Just caught with a flick hit,
behind her mask, on the back of her head.
Look at that,
you can just see the flick of Zhou,
went over the top of the mask
and flipped down onto the skull.
[man] She wants ice.
[Bebe Vio] When I was really young
and even now,
if I feel some pain,
I just don't say anything.
I say, "It doesn't matter,
it will go away."
So when I say it's pain,
it's really, really pain.
[commentator 1] She's smiling,
but that looked incredibly painful.
[crowd cheering]
[dramatic music playing]
[crowd cheering and clapping]
[commentator 2]
Beatrice Vio wants it so badly,
and the Paralympic Games,
they create heroes, they really do.
[official] En garde.
-[official] Prtes. Allez.
-[coach shouting]
[Bebe Vio yelling]
[commentator 1]
Just one point away from the gold medal.
[Bebe Vio] When you're winning,
and you realize that's the 14th point,
you are there and say,
"Okay, it's the last one."
And if the last
is going the right position,
in the right way, you win.
And you realize it all,
you realize all your life.
[indistinct shouting]
[shouting in Italian]
But if you don't put the last point,
you will cry for your entire life.
[crowd clapping rhythmically and chanting]
[man cheering for Bebe in Italian]
[commentator 1] Everybody waits
on the edge of their seat.
-[official] Prtes. Allez.
-[Bebe Vio yelling]
[crowd cheering]
[indistinct announcement]
[commentator 1] The 19-year-old,
from Venice in Italy,
just doesn't know what to do with herself.
The emotion's so raw.
[Bebe Vio] When I went back to fencing,
I said, "Okay, guys, I'm Bebe."
"I'm without the legs and the arms.
I just wanna do fencing."
"It's impossible.
You do fencing with these three fingers,
and then the wrist,
so that's the part that you need,
that's the fencing,
and you don't have this part,
so you cannot do fencing."
It was impossible, but everything
is impossible at the beginning.
You just need to believe in yourself.
Just go ahead, do whatever you want.
[crickets chirping]
[all chanting] Brazil! Brazil! Brazil!
[crowd cheering]
It's the closing ceremony
for the Paralympics. Check it out!
We've proven, through Rio,
that we've got a united movement.
[crowd cheering]
Whenever the shit hits the fan,
then our movement's gonna
come around and say,
"Hey, you're not doing this to us.
We're gonna have our Games,
and we are gonna
get our message out there,
and we are gonna help change society
and make this planet
a better place to live on."
It is so much more
than just winning medals.
[crowd cheering]
[pilot in Italian] Bebe Vio. Thank you,
Bebe, for all the emotions you gave us.
Today, it's you who is making us fly.
[in English] Passengers,
we'd like to inform you that today,
we have the honor of welcoming
a golden medal winner
at 2016 Paralympic Games.
[crowd chanting] Bebe! Bebe! Bebe!
[announcer] Your Olympic
and Paralympic medalists!
We want to play a major role
when it comes to human rights.
We are going back to where we started.
[Duke of Sussex] Sir Ludwig's vision
has not really been completed,
because still, those that are
referred to as being disabled
are not being encouraged,
or not being accepted
back into the society at large.
What Sir Ludwig was trying to do back then
is needed more now than it's ever been.
[energizing music playing]
[Jonnie Peacock] People feel sorry for me.
Why? Because of a perception.
They go, "Aw, he's not got a leg.
I should feel sorry for him."
[Jean-Baptiste Alaize in French]
My disability is my strength.
I'm going to die this way.
My leg is not going to grow back.
I am not a lizard.
[Matt Stutzman in English]
Everybody has a superpower
that they find out
at some point in their lives.
[Bebe Vio] You just need to accept
the situation in which you are.
And discover how beautiful it is.
[triumphant music playing]
There's a young boy
Walking through obstacles
Cut up from all the surgery
Prosthetic picture perjury
Tellin' me I'm normal
But normal
They never really made me seem
They always painted me
Discriminated but levitated
Through all the hated scenes
So I redrew how they made me seem
But that's what you feel around vultures
And all the fatal schemes
They wanna label me a cripple
That's the way it seems
Take away my right to pursue
A normal life and lead
Indeed, for me, I must proceed
And shine bright like the sun
Even though I know
The darkness will come
It's all temporary
I can be legendary
'Cause I will never stop
Believing in me
It doesn't matter
What you think I should be
See, I am what I am
I'm the truth, I'm disabled
I'm amazing, understand?
Don't you ever underrate me
'Cause I got a second chance
And I choose to be the greatest
In whatever the plan is
On my life, right
I ignite like
A kaboom
When I step in the room
So please don't get distracted
Yes, my limbs are fractured
Still I rise from the ashes
I'm a rising phoenix
I rise above you
I'm a rising phoenix
I rise above you
On ya mark, get set
The pistol pops
I'm out the blocks
To hit the ground runnin'
No legs
They dazed
To serve a new form of human being
Born to do it
That's why I be so smooth
Why I light them from the lead position
Watch just how I keep it movin'
Usin' your lack of intuition
Presumin' my condition
Predictions end up BS
Arise here
Transform right before their eyes
And into the sky
The ashes fall while the phoenix rise
Lead with example
And do everything in life I see
A simple thing like riding a bike
We are alike
How is that?
Enlighten me
There's so much fight in me
'Cause my superpower
It makes me different
There's light in me
How many obstacles I gotta break?
How many fights I gotta face
Just to make you feel my fate?
I shake
Then I break down
But I take all the weight down
I'm a rising phoenix
I rise above you
I'm a rising phoenix
I rise above you
People make fun
Of what they don't understand
Look at me 'cause I'm different
And can't do what they can
But belittle me you won't
Because I am what I am
I am amazing, a different pill
In which your brain cannot cram
I'm different
Often inspired by pain
Inflicted by the inhumane
With hearts as black as the grain
My disability is silent
But my bottled-up rage
Got me runnin' for my dreams
100 miles with one leg
So how dare you try to remind me
That I don't fit into your perception
How dare you
Define me
I'm beyond what you see as perfection
I'm a rising phoenix
I rise above you
I'm a rising phoenix
I rise above you