Prince Harry Congratulates Paralympian
No, that's not a new love interest for Prince Harry, 27, who has returned to London in a quest for positive press since his Las Vegas fiasco two weeks ago. Harry seems to be finding what he's looking for at the 2012 London Paralympics, where he placed a congratulatory arm around Britain's Jessica-Jane Applegate, 16, after her gold medal win in the women's 200m freestyle S14 event, in which she also set a Paralympic record of 2:12.63.
Harry was all jokes and smiles at the Paralympic event, where he cheered on his countrymen and women, participating in lots of standing ovations. Applegate, a sufferer of Asperger's syndrome who competed in the controversial intellectually disabled category of the Paralympics — a classification that was suspended after 2000 when it was revealed that the gold medal-winning basketball team at Sydney had no players with intellectual impairment — got to cuddle up to Prince Harry after she won her gold medal.
"Everyone has just given me so much support recently. It's amazing," Applegate said, reports the U.K.'s Telegraph. "As soon as I was going down to my race everyone was wishing me good luck. I was like, 'Oh my God, thank you.'" And then during the race itself, "I really didn't think I'd be able to do something like that," she said. "The last turn I just knew I had to give everything."
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