September 8, 2016 12:12 pm
Updated: September 9, 2016 10:03 am

Rio 2016: Former Paralympian drops torch, rises again to cheers at opening ceremony

WATCH: Torchbearer and four-time Paralympic medalist Marcia Malsar slipped and fell during the opening ceremony, but didn't give up. (Video provided courtesy of Canadian Paralympic Committee/CIBC.)


A moment displaying the Paralympic spirit has become a beacon for the beleaguered Rio Paralympic Games after they were kicked off at the Maracanã Stadium Wednesday under a torrential downpour.

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As a part of the torch relay, Brazilian Paralympian Marcia Malsar, who has won a gold medal in track and field, carried the torch towards its final destination but slipped and fell backwards, dropping the flame.

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Malsar, who was walking with the aid of a cane, got back up (with the help of a couple of technicians) and finished her section of the relay to a roaring crowd that stood up and cheered on the athlete.

She has since been hailed on social media for her resilience.

Malsar is a four-time Paralympic medalist, winning Brazil’s first-ever Paralympic gold medal at the 1984 New York-Stoke Mandeville Games in the 200-metre race.

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