Natalia Partyka was eliminated by the Netherlands’ Jie Li this afternoon from the Olympic Individual Table Tennis tournament in the Round of 32, which, though disappointing, would be impressive for anyone. Being one of the top 32 women in the world in any field is a herculean task that few people will ever get to accomplish. So for Poland’s Natalia Partyka to do it despite being born without a right hand and forearm is particularly mind-blowing.
The Polish Partyka competed in her first Paralympics at the ripe old age of 11, and has never looked back. London marks her second straight Olympic games, and the twenty-three year old is one of only five athletes to ever participate in both the Paralympic and able-bodied summer games (though South African runner Oscar Pistorius will expand that list to six next week). This year marked her first foray into the individual Olympic competition.
Though she was eliminated today, she will compete next Friday in the Women’s team event, and you should make sure you find time to check it out. Seeing her play table tennis is enough to inspire you to want to do something more with your life. When’s the last time someone playing table tennis made you feel like that?
3. Partyka In Action:
- A draft of a plan to repeal Obamacare was released that'll block federal funds from Planned Parenthood and cut healthcare benefits granted under the law.
- The widow of a Kansas immigrant who was allegedly killed by a white nationalist demanded answers from the government about stopping hate crimes in the US.
- Time to change your passwords: Uber and Fitbit are among the millions of websites that may have been compromised 🔐
- A billboard in North Carolina that claims "Real men provide. Real women appreciate it," has sparked controversy across the country 👀