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Incredible Forces of Nature

August 2010 is the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, the gigantic storm that brought flooding and disaster to the Gulf Coast of America and laid waste to the city of New Orleans.

To mark the event, this Thursday Channel 4 airs Hurricane Katrina: Caught on Camera – a remarkable documentary capturing the cataclysmic storm and its aftermath, using footage shot at the time by those caught up in the chaos.

There’s more jaw-dropping documentary on Channel 4 on Sunday evening, with the screening of Inside Incredible Athletes. Here, state-of-the-art scientific testing and stunning cinematography combine to reveal the inside story of how the Paralympic elite achieve sporting excellence.

We’ve launched a brand new site to capture all the latest Paralympic stories, blogs, features and video. As the countdown to the event begins in earnest, more and more content will be added to this site to make it the definitive online home of the 2012 Paralympic Games. So bookmark it now!

Now for those of you who missed it, a programme about another incredible (in fact, unbelievable) athlete – Big River Man.

Martin Strel is an endurance swimmer remarkable not only for his physical prowess – he has conquered the lengths of the Danube, the Mississippi and the Yangtze – but for his unusual ‘refuelling’ habits. He downs two bottles of wine a day – even during his long-distance swims…

Now available to watch on 4oD, Big River Man chronicles his ambitious attempt to become the first man to swim the length of the Amazon.

He can swim like a fish. He can also drink like a fish. So what could go wrong?

Finally, if you feel inspired to emulate Martin’s feats (swimming, not boozing) why not try out a handy new iPhone app? Developed with backing from Channel 4, Splashpath lets you find your local swimming pool, track your progress, and challenge friends to virtually swim the Thames.

It might not be the Amazon, but it’s a start…

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