Aug. 27, 2012
North Korea's only Paralympic competitor, Rim Ju Song, sits in his wheelchair during a welcoming ceremony at the London Games. Rim, who lives in Beijing and lost an arm and leg in a construction accident, is North Korea’s only hope for a swimming medal. However, until recently, he could not swim. At his first training session, he sank "like a rock," recalled Kim Sung Chol of the North Korean Paralympic Committee. Nevertheless, Rim learned the crawl stroke, and in May he and his coaches boarded a plane for Berlin and his first international competition.