The qualities that make sport so affecting - the passion, the determination, the odds surpassed and physical limits exceeded - are simply multiplied in Paralympic sport. Hence official broadcaster Channel 4's invitation to 'meet the superhumans'.
With Paralympic records already being broken (ticket sales, hours of coverage), the Paralympic Games are set to be an electrifying display of sporting prowess and to redefine general perceptions of disability.
From Boccia to rowing, swimming to athletics, we've picked 10 incredible Paralympic athletes who look on track to bring home the top prize.
Team GB are world leaders at the Paralympic Games. Find out what Boccia is, why Oscar Pistorius is so controversial and eight other facts you never knew about this huge event.
Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson is one of Britain's greatest Paralympians. She's won 16 medals and held over 30 world records. Find out what she had to say about competing, her inspirations and sport and disability.
Leading sports journalist and Paralympic Games presenter Clare Balding joined us to discuss her career, the challenges faced by women in sport and tackling prejudice.
The residents of Ruggington are celebrating the Playmobil Paralympics. From wheelchair basketball to partially-sighted athletics, you've never seen the Paralympic athletes and events quite like this.
Get your children thinking about healthy bodies, sporting elitism (and how the best athletes achieve it) and into the Olympic spirit with Pearson's free, printable sports worksheets and healthy body challenges and activities.