Marcia Malsar's Paralympics Opening Ceremony Torch Relay Defines Spirit Of The Games

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It only took one night for the Paralympic Games to inspire people around the world.

Four-time Paralympic medallist Marcia Malsar was carrying the torch during the opening ceremony in Rio on Wednesday night when she dropped the flame and fell.

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Malsar — Brazil's first-ever Paralympic gold medallist — had been walking with the assistance of a cane in the pouring rain when she stumbled. But she hardly missed a beat. (Watch video above.)

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A pair of staffers put the torch back in her hand, and she picked herself up and kept on walking — to a roar of applause.

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As planned, Malsar handed the flame to Brazilian Paralympian Adria Santos, a former runner who is visually impaired.

The Paralympic Games posted a clip of Malsar's torch relay leg with the caption, "What defines us is how well we rise after falling."

Malsar won Paralympic gold in 1984 in the 200-metre race, and went on to earn three more Paralympic medals.

And, it appears, has yet to stop inspiring people.

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