One of my favorite parts of viewing the Beijing Paralympics has been watching the relationship between athlete and guide. From pictures of visually impaired football goalies with a guide behind the net, to swimmers nearing the end of the lane where they receive a light tap on the shoulder so they know when to flip and turn. Watching Lucas and his guide cross the finish line to take the gold was a wonderful portrait in athleticism and partnership.
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Lucas Prado (L) of Brazil celebrates with his guide after winning the final of the men's 200 metre T11 classification event at the 2008 Beijing Paralympic Games in Beijing on September 13, 2008. Mark Ralston / AFP - Getty Images