What Makes a Champion?

Jim Bob Bizzell sprints to a silver medal in the men's T44 200m.

Is it a person’s skill? Perhaps his or her hard work? Maybe, technology makes champions? Is the support he or she receives from family and friends? Or is it something more?

Medal Quest is a new web-only series and online project that follows top American athletes on their quest to bring home the gold from the 2012 Paralympics in London, England. This inspiring series shows how these individuals have overcome their physical disabilities to become incredible athletes. The athletes come from all different backgrounds including veterans wounded in recent wars, and young adults competing with disabilities they have had since birth. Each episode leaves you with a sense that anything truly is possible.

This series, produced by WGBH Boston, will be following U.S. Paralympic Team athletes now through the Paralympics in August, and continue into October. Medal Quest will consist of weekly videos and monthly spotlights featuring biographies, pictures and blog entries written by the athletes themselves.

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Watch “My goal – gold for my country!” on PBS. See more from Medal Quest.