LONDON (AP) -- The Olympic rings have disappeared across London, and the Paralympic symbols hoisted in their place. Let the games begin -- again.
Thousands of athletes have already arrived for Wednesday's opening ceremony as the Paralympics return to their roots.
The familiar face of Oscar Pistorius and his even more recognizable blades have helped to take the Paralympic movement to the masses -- with 2.3 million tickets already sold.
August has been a groundbreaking month for Pistorius.
The South African will be defending the three titles won four years ago at the Beijing Paralympics, just weeks after becoming the first amputee sprinter to compete at the Olympics.