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Athletes revel in past medal wins and train hard in preparation for 2012 Paralympic Games

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Robbi Weldon during a training session at the London 2012 Paralympic Games at The Velodrome, August 24, 2012.

Matthew Murnaghan/Canadian Paralympic Committee

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Diane Roy during a training session at Newham Sports Complex before the London 2012 Paralympic Games.

Matthew Murnaghan/Canadian Paralympic Committee

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Michelle Stilwell won the gold at the 100 m t-52.

Benoit Pelosse/Canadian Paralympic Committee

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Wheelchair, Rugby, Garett, Hickling, Athens, 2004.

Jean-Baptiste Benavent/Canadian Paralympic Committee

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Canadian Paul Tingley returns to shore in a 2.4 mR boat after competing in the paralympic division of the Rolex Miami Olympic Classes Regatta (OCR) at the Shake-A-Leg facility in Miami Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2007. The regatta is an International Sailing Federation grade-one ranking event for competition in all 14 Olympic and Paralympic classes. Mr. Tingley is competing to qualify for the 2008 Paralympics in China.

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Canadian Paralympic athlete Josh Cassidy trains in his racing wheelchair in the Oakville area on June 20, 2012 getting ready for competition.

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Benoit Huot reacts after winning the 100-metre event at the Canadian Paralympic Swimming Trials in Montreal, March 30, 2012. Mr. Huot's desire at the London Paralympics reflects the entire Canadian team's challenge in a nutshell. Mr. Huot wants to get back to where he once was in Paralympic swimming, which is on top of the podium.

Graham Hughes/The Canadian Press

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Canada's Valerie Grand'Maison celebrates her gold medal in the Women's 100m Freestyle S13 final at the 2008 Beijing Paralympic Games in Beijing Wednesday Sept 10, 2008.

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Summer Mortimer, right, celebrates with Vale Grand Maison after breaking the world record in her class in the 50 metre freestyle event at the Canadian Paralympic Swimming Trials in Montreal, Sunday, April 1, 2012.

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Marco Dispaltro on his was to winning a silver medal in Boccia BC4 in the Multipurpose Gymnasium Revolución at the 2011 Parapan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico, November 16, 2011.

Matthew Murnaghan/Canadian Paralympic Committee

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Equestrian, Lauren Barwick, Athens, 2004.

Jean-Baptiste Benavent/Canadian Paralympic Committee

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