As everyone knows (and if you didn't know, I will not comment), the Winter Olympics are officially in session in Vancouver, Canada. The Olympics is a place where the best athletes of every country (in the winter sports) come together to compete in races and competitions. At the end of the day, in every sport, three athletes are better than the rest, and they win a medal in either gold, bronze, or silver.
Another neat thing about the Olympics is that the Olympics is followed closely after by the Paralympics, which is the Olympics for those who have a disability. The Paralympics; however, do not allow athletes who only have a hearing loss to compete, so athletes who have a hearing loss either compete in the Deaf Olympics or in the regular Olympics.
This post is dedicated to the one athlete that I could find who is deaf and competiting in the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver: Gregor Schlierenzauer. (If any of you find another Olympic athlete who is deaf/ hard of hearing, please post a comment and I will write a post in his/ her honor.)
Gregor Schlierenzauer is an Austrian ski jumper who is deaf in his left ear. He was born on January 7, 1990 in Innesbruck, Tyrol, Austria. He was born deaf in his left ear; however, he did not let his hearing loss get in the way of his dreams. Since his debut in 2005, Schlierenzauer has won more than 30 World Cup victories, a bronze at the 2010 Winter Vancouver Olympics, and has broken many records in Ski Jumping.
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