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Paralympian and world champion swimmer, Antonis Tsapatakis

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Shoes in the water. Makes me very uncomfortable

10.0k points·9 months agoGilded1

He can't feel them anyways

You burned a man underwater. Congrats.

78 points·9 months ago·edited 9 months ago

That's Zach Anner there, great guy and a hell of a funny comedian. Here he is questing for a rainbow bagel, and here's his youtube channel.

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26 points·9 months ago·edited 9 months ago

Whats the first rule in Fight Club?

Buy lots of furniture at Ikea?

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He can't feel it anyways.

118 points·9 months ago

Only reason he can't feel it is because it was a low blow.

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DAAAAYYYYUUUUMM!

What is this from? I love it.

Survivor. Couldn't tell you which one though.

Do you have any idea what they're reacting to?

The leader of the other team got voted off the show.

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We learned how to swim with our normal school clothes on, including shoes. That's how most drowned kids are dressed... Surprisingly it gets easier with a little practice, and clothes make damned good training weights!

Jesus. You must be pretty good at drowning kids then

It's the Casey Anthony School of Swimming.

Andrea Yates did it first #h-town #holditdown

This...this one's the worst.

You win.

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The Susan Smith School of Swimming

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Where do I sign up?

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59 points·9 months ago

We did this as kids too, wore a swim suit underneath and had to learn to get out of heavy clothes while in the water in case we were stuck for a while.

In Cub Scouts, we tied our jeans' legs together and blew air into them to use as a shitty life vest.

If it's stupid and it works, it ain't stupid.

please tell me it worked

It works.

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We had to do this at camp as well. They even taught us how to use your clothes as a sort of makeshift, temporary flotation device.

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62 points·9 months ago

Did that in the Navy. Shirts were so tightly woven you tied the sleeves in a knot, and threw it over your head to fill it with air. You just had to splash water on it occasionally to keep the air in. Worked great.

in the Navy

Username checks out

source: am navy veteran.

Netherlands?

Dutch kids are taught how to build a dyke around them, and pump the water out.

Being gay isn't a choice, you can't just BUILD a dyke

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Did you ever hear the story of the boy who saved his whole town by sticking his finger in a dyke?

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We use to wear our shoes all the time when we went cliff jumping. Doesn't hurt when you hit the water when you wear shoes.

I use water shoes. That way no icky gross things touch my feet.

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In case anyone else was wondering how he swims without use of his legs I looked up a video of him in action. Very impressive... kinda surprised he lost as he was going so strong on the lap back.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o8yw1jl1e28

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"Dolphins don't have knees, dumbass."

TIL that this is true.

What is also true is that they have a way longer spinal column. You should have responded to your swim coach thus: "Dolphins have a way longer spine and a fluke, dumbass."

I hate it when I think of the perfect response 8 years later.

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You should have responded to your swim coach thus: "Dolphins have a way longer spine and a fluke, dumbass."

Yeah except he was intimidating as fuck and probably would have just slapped me. This was back in the day when certain coaching styles were still tolerated.

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Actually this guy is even more badass as he is a breastroker. Breaststroke in competition is the most leg driven stroke of any style. And his 100m time of 1:36 is much faster than the vast majority of non competitive able bodied swimmers can manage doing freestyle.

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54 points·9 months ago

Um, can I point out that not all of these guys have the same disability. I mean, some are missing hands, others can't walk. Is there a disability ranking list which gives you points depending on how disabled you are? How would you measure that?

I thought about that but I assumed to get to this level you probably have to have some qualifying time at some crazy high range most disable athletes wouldn't be able to get to. I assume again that's why it's pretty close overall. I mean look at the guy who won missing his hands.. he was neck and neck w/ Tsapatakis who can't use his legs. So to say certain disabilities gets more of an advantage probably isn't as safe as just going w/ qualifying times showing what they're capable of.

That video was a final. All swim meets have heats in the morning where the top 8 fastest times advance. So these are the 8 fastest people competing.

Most people can't swim 100m without stopping. These disabled athletes are going 1:35-1:45 in the slowest competitive stroke. Most of the fully able bodied people posting in this thread would be dead last in that race.

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Yeah there is, in the title it says they're in the SB4 category. It's quite complicated to ascertain which category is appropriate, but in essence even though they have slightly different disabilities they've been determined to have similar detrimental effects on their swimming ability. It's not just to do with their times.

4 points·9 months ago·edited 9 months ago

There is a classification system for Para Swimming, as with most sports in the Paralympics. The athlete has to be classified to determine who they will compete against, so athletes with different disabilities can compete against each other if they have a similar degree of 'activity limitation' that is determined by a classifier.

In World Para Swimming, athletes are grouped by the degree of activity limitation resulting from an impairment. These groups are called ‘sport classes’. The process of classification determines which athletes are eligible to compete in World Para Swimming and how athletes are grouped together for competition.

You can read more about the classifications on the IPC's website.

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Glad to see this is a paralympic athlete. I assumed this was Christian rock.

1.7k points·9 months ago·edited 9 months ago

Jesus take the wheels of my chair

Even Jesus didn't walk underwater

Jesus could walk on water, but could he swim on land?

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He could have turned wheat into Marijuana or sugar into cocaine.

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unless you were like underwater man and then he was walking on the surface of the water that met the air...

snsǝɾ could do that

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To quote Hank Hill "You aren't making Christianity better, you're just making Rock worse"

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With arms wide opennnnnnnnnnnn

Hunder the sunlight

Wulcalmb toooooo this a-plaaaayce

I'll show you ehveryyy thiiiing

WITH AAHHHHHMMMSSS WIDEYOPEN

HOODOR A SOO LIIIGH

This damn thread was funny, but your comment killed me

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*thaaaang

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My precious child, it was then that I breathed for you.

“Then God said, ‘Let it be lit fam,’ and it was so.”

"Keep prayin, prayin, prayin"

"Stay woke Holy Spirit."

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Omfg. My new favorite sub.

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Christian Rock, Chris Rock's religious counterpart.

I was honestly thinking, "Who the fuck is chirstian rock? never heard of him."

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Not gonna lie. I have a special place in my heart for some classic Jars of Clay.

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Thank you for making me laugh today. Sincerely.

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Faith Plus One: I'm gonna get down on my knees, and start pleasin' Jesus.

"I want to feel his sweet salvation all over my face!"

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idk how the Paralympics works. But he doesn't seem to be that good at swimming.

Like the regular Olympics but they jump out of a plane.

Battle Royale?

Fewer deaths, more lifelong injuries.

Death is a lifelong injury.

Mostly.

117 points·9 months ago·edited 9 months ago

Confirmed, have been dying for 33 years.

It's painful, I wouldn't recommended for anyone attempting to enter this detrimenting experience we call life.

I've been dying since I was born. However, I live my life a quarter mile at a time.

In Dom's voice....this shit had me rolling.

You should really stop abusing oxygen. It's a nasty drug and causes prolonged suffering.

There's a clinic in Sweden that can help. Just go check yourself in and enjoy the sweet sweet smoothie they bring you.

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Royale with cheese

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Player Unknown's Paralympics

Probably would make the first 5 minutes pretty funny while you watch paralyzed people punch each other to death since they can't make it to a house to get a gun

Plot twist: Their legs are fine. They're all paralyzed from the shoulders out.

You have to whip the camera around to get their arms going.

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Woody Herrelson would beg to differ

Imagining 'begging to differ'...

"Please sir, I differ, I differ!"

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10 points·9 months ago

Imagine all the people differing today

You-HOO-oo-oo... You may sayyyy I'm a stubborn asshole, but I'm not the only one...

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Just land on whatever part of your body that doesn't work.

Wouldn't work for me. Kinda hard to hit the ground penis-first.

Well not with that attitude

Did you already have a list of burn centers nearby before your self-burn?

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Ah, the Paras' Olympics.

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Then how did his wheel chair get so far from the starting blocks?

I wasn't too sure what I was expecting, but this was better.

That's actually a rare good call.

It's actually a shopping cart.

Oh shit you're absolutely right, I didn't even realize that after I quit watching.

Close enough I figured :/

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Is his handicap jeans?

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As a paraplegic, this image makes me happy. What a great idea for a photo shoot.

you should totally copy it. id imagine it'd be pretty cool to have a picture of yourself like that

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He looks so free, it's beautiful.

Agreed. As a photograph, this is awesome. The best photos are ones that either 1) tell a story or 2) make you feel something. This does both.

Tell me more of your experiences as a photograph, it would be really interesting to know how it feels to be paper-thin and weigh less than an ounce

Photograph here. It's pretty fun.

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The feeling when you are free like that is incredible. I only spent 1 and a half years on crutches, yet the moment when I could put on my inline skates and just go was extremely liberating. It felt like flying; I was so fast and it was so fun!

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As a physical therapist, I worked with a paralympic butterfly swimmer and 100 Meter bronze winner Mr. Mike Brown back in the 80's. Brown was a high level incomplete quad. He drove his adapted car and took care of his personal needs independently. His problem was that while he swam, his body would float behind him with toes closer to the pool bottom and if the water was shallow he'd end up dragging the top of his feet along the tiled floor and would end up bleeding. I was contacted by his coach to help come up with a way to protect his feet without wearing shoes that caused drag; he couldn't use anything when he competed. We had to come up with a way to protect his feet in training - we put large sheets of clear medical tape over the top of areas inclined to be damaged as he swam. I had to help him figure out how to bind his feet safely(so he could apply on his own.) In fact, unlike this photo, the only time Brown could stand and put weight on his feet was upright in the pool. In this photo you'll note the man has no weight bearing thru his ankles, he's barely got his body underneath him. With Brown I'd hold his body upright while he worked on trying to take steps using buoyancy, he could control his body just enough to bear a bit of weight on both feet. I'd also have to protect his catheter bag from floating away while he practised his swimming, so I'd stuffed them into a garbage bag and seal it off preventing water from getting the bag. When he swam He'd remove the catheter from it's hookup and just pinched it off using a clamp.In case you don't know, when in the water your center of balance changes due to oxygen in the lungs, your gravity line is thru your rib cage and head and neck while legs have no center of gravity for someone who doesn't use the legs like a quad. While swimming he was in a face-down supine position and that would affect his center of gravity again (he had light sensation in his trunk, but just no control.) WE soon learned to let him train wearing knee high socks into which I had sewn into some polyethylene fabric to protect his toes - this is the same kind of foam suits deep divers use. The faster he swam the less his toes dragged on the pool bottom and soon we soon noted his legs were dragging behind him at the top of the water. When he stopped he'd pull his legs down under himself and bear weight thru his ribcage, pelvis and legs. We had only one pool that was over 6' deep at it's most shallow in the city and we practised there in the early mornings (I'm only 5'2".)Brown went back to school after the Asian Paralympics and got his degree in Occupational therapy, and from my understanding is doing very well on his own now. I was always amazed to see how easy it was for him to climb out of a pool using just his arms. I miss those days now that I'm retired.

Had I not seen the size of the post and recognized it as 3x to large to be the case I would have been expecting a u/shittymorph moment.

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Here is a higher resolution version of this image.

Nice!

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And another post about the same guy (in OP's defence, it's a different photo from the same set).

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536 points·9 months ago

Why are you taking a picture? Can't you see he is drowning? Help him!

RIP Antonis

F

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Original Poster75 points·9 months ago

sorry...too good a photo op to ruin it by saving him...

Really your job as a photographer is to document reality. If you save him from drowning, you jeopardize your role as a true neutral observer.

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599 points·9 months ago·edited 9 months ago

Speaking of paralympian swimmers, here's Daniela Gimenez from Argentina:[NSFW for artistic nudity]

Maybe it's just my dude-brain, but I completely missed what made her a Paralympian the first couple times.

I took a solid look at all 3 pictures and never noticed her missing hand. jesus

I had to go back after reading your comment

So do they find people all with the same disadvantage? Like a a swim competition where everybodys missing a hand?

Or

Do they find people with a variety of different disadvantages? Say a swim competition where a swimmer is missing a whole leg, and others are missing other body parts or are otherwise disabled

Disadvantages are grouped into classes of different handicaps.

They then have a race for each handicap class, so instead of only 2x100m golds (m/f) they might have many more.

In team competitions teams get a total of handicap points and have to assemble teams of people that are within the limit.

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You are not alone. I had to look at every photo and then look at the limbs before i found it

Stumped me as well

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My girl brain did it too.

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What's her disability ?

uuuh look at her arm?

How can she slap?

HOW CAN SHE CLAP

With her butt.

r/jesuschristreddit but also yes please

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"I can make your hands cla... Oh... Well this is awkward"

SIR HOW CAN SHE SLAP SIR

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Wow. Honestly, I haven't noticed either.

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She has arms? Didn't notice.

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r/pegging would be enthused by this.

Jesus Christ

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She's right-handed

Well we know where your focus was

She's all-right.

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From Argentina

Corrected, thanks

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Are there "degrees" of disabilities at the Paralympics? Like would she ever be racing someone that had no legs or was paralyzed from the waist down, or would they try to keep it closer to someone with her level of disability? It seems like it might be hard to keep things fair with how many different ways a person can be disabled.

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This looks like a badass album cover. Just saying.

If only nirvana was around in 2017 😔

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Ray William Johnson is that you?

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Funny story about Antonis: Some thieves stole the wheels of his car, he made a facebook post about it and how he wished that nobody ever is in such a difficult situation that has to steal a Paralympian's car's wheels, and a couple days later the thieves returned the wheels to him.

Hey look, a decently composed picture on r/pics! Thanks OP

42 points·9 months ago·edited 9 months ago

Tone down the light, put it in black and white and it might look like a murder was just committed.

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Wet jeans make me so uncomfortable

He's also Greek which makes it even more awesome considering the Olympics were created in Greece...

There's another one where he's looking down defiantly at the chair. I personally like that one better.

.....are you going to share it with us or no?

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"Hope that's a nice picture, how about a little help jackass?"

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filters by controversial

Surprisingly not bad. Good job reddit.

I see comments joking about him drowning, and about having his shoes on...but no one asks "did he remember to take his phone out of his pocket before the photo shoot?" Because that expression says "hey, I don't have a waterproof phone, remember?"

Original Poster147 points·9 months ago

shit, I tried to search for it before posting, and failed!

168 points·9 months ago

It's of the same subject during the same shoot, but it's a different image all together.

So, technically, it's not a repost of the exact image.

It has been decided. This is hereby declared, NOT a repost. You are free to carry on wasting time on Reddit. However, all toilets in this realm shall now be known as DiChatz.

Yes..but I wouldn't say the same about that "slice of Aloe Vera" post..

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To be fair that person had a nonsense title.

To be fair, you used a better title than "Special Olympics" person.

Apparently they have never heard of the Paralympics... or the difference between the two.

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Also he said special Olympics. Not para

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Yeah and that post is calling this guy a special Olympics athlete

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6 points·9 months ago

You might never walk again, but you can fly.

lotta shitty jokes on this thread by people who probably haven't imagined the balls it takes to go into a pool, nevertheless an olympic sized pool, nevertheless the deep end of the olympic sized pool, when half your body doesn't behave as you wish it would.

I prefer him like this...I served him once, he is a nice guy.

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