Visually Impaired Mark Bathum, Credit:

Published on March 11th, 2014 | by mpower

Medals, with Little Guidance

KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia — It was difficult to determine the greater accomplishment Sunday: that Mark Bathum and Mac Marcoux won silver and bronze in their visually impaired super-G race at the Paralympic Games, or that they made it safely down the course at all.

Each man is legally blind and relies on communicating with a guide and tracking his movements. Bathum, for a stretch, could not find his guide. Marcoux, for the entire race, could not hear his. Marcoux’s problems started much earlier.

Ben Shpigel is a sports reporter for the NY Times that is covering much of the Paralympics. He has provided a well-established brand of media to a growing movement. To read more of his coverage of visually-impaired skiers, mono-skiers, and additional coverage of the Bathum-Marcous duo, you can read his article here.

Photo credited to Katie Branham of

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