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Olympic Channel Podcast
Olympic Channel Podcast

Podcast: Paralympic champ David Weir on disability, crying, and counselling

British Paralympian David Weir has won more London Marathons than anyone on the planet. But despite his success, he had never come to terms with his disability. He was born with a spinal cord transection that left him unable to use his legs. Frustrated by his lack of options in the sporting world, he went on to excel at wheelchair racing in the T54 category. Even after winning six Paralympic gold medals, by the time he won his record-breaking seventh London Marathon in 2017, he felt no joy. Weir had to face up to inner turmoil he had been burying since childhood. “I never showed my emotions to my family. I never spoke to my mum and dad about my disability... I just bottled things up for years and years and years.” The 39-year-old opened up about why he wants to represent Great Britain at Tokyo 2020, the highs of London 2012, and his life-changing counselling sessions.

Olympic Channel Podcast
Olympic Channel Podcast

Podcast: Paralympic champ David Weir on disability, crying, and counselling

British Paralympian David Weir has won more London Marathons than anyone on the planet. But despite his success, he had never come to terms with his disability. He was born with a spinal cord transection that left him unable to use his legs. Frustrated by his lack of options in the sporting world, he went on to excel at wheelchair racing in the T54 category. Even after winning six Paralympic gold medals, by the time he won his record-breaking seventh London Marathon in 2017, he felt no joy. Weir had to face up to inner turmoil he had been burying since childhood. “I never showed my emotions to my family. I never spoke to my mum and dad about my disability... I just bottled things up for years and years and years.” The 39-year-old opened up about why he wants to represent Great Britain at Tokyo 2020, the highs of London 2012, and his life-changing counselling sessions.

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