Sorry questions and comments like
"why should the paralympics be held before the olympics?"
"Maybe they could allow a greater amount of time to elapse between Olympics and Paralympics so that one will not necessarily overshadow or be treated as a sideshow to the other?"
just reinforce for me the fact that most people do not recognise the the abilities of people with 'different abilities' whether it be in normal daily life or in the life of an Olympian.
Thatsnotmypuppy and Jiejie are correct in their observations and we all should be demanding that the IOC reschedule the Paralympics as a lead in to the summer Olympic games.