Paralympic torch heads to British capital

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Associated Press

Posted on August 28, 2012 at 11:00 PM

Updated Wednesday, Aug 29 at 3:32 AM

LONDON (AP) — The Paralympic torch is on its way to London and to what organizers hope will be the most successful Paralympics in history.

The final leg of the torch's relay sees it travel from Stoke Mandeville, in southern England, to the British capital, which will kick off the games Wednesday with an opening ceremony involving 100 children, more than 3,000 adult volunteers and a high-wire act.

Olympics Secretary Jeremy Hunt said that for many of his countrymen and women it would be "the first time they have seen the Paralympic Games at all," saying Tuesday that he hoped it would be "a very big moment to really change perceptions and that will be something to be proud of."

The competition will feature nearly 4,300 disabled athletes from 166 countries.

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