It’s not just the Bolt’s, Thorpe’s and Franco’s who are training hard to compete to the maximum of their abilities during the London 2012 Olympics. Paralympic athletes put in just as much effort if not more in trying to be the best. These pictures show Spanish swimmers Xavi Torres and Lorena Homar during their preparations.

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Paralympic swimmer Xavi Torres, 37, of Spain carries his orthopaedic legs after a training session on the Balearic island of Palma de Mallorca May 15, 2012. This summer, Torres, who has previously won 16 paralympic medals, will participate in his sixth paralympic games. He currently owns four world swimming records in different categories. REUTERS/Enrique Calvo

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Paralympic swimmer Xavi Torres of Spain stretches before a training session on the Balearic island of Palma de Mallorca. Enrique Calvo/REUTERS

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Paralympic swimmer Xavi Torres of Spain prepares for a training session on the Balearic island of Palma de Mallorca.Enrique Calvo/REUTERS

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Paralympic swimmer, Xavi Torres of Spain, attends a training session on the Balearic island of Palma de Mallorca. Enrique Calvo/REUTERS

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Paralympic swimmer Xavi Torres of Spain attends a training session on the Balearic island of Palma de Mallorca. Enrique Calvo/REUTERS

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Paralympic swimmer Xavi Torres of Spain attends a training session on the Balearic island of Palma de Mallorca. Enrique Calvo/REUTERS

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Paralympic swimmer Xavi Torres of Spain stretches before a training session on the Balearic island of Palma de Mallorca. Enrique Calvo/REUTERS

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Paralympic swimmer Xavi Torres of Spain prepares for a training session on the Balearic island of Palma de Mallorca. Enrique Calvo/REUTERS

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Paralympic swimmer Lorena Homar of Spain dives into the water during a training session on the Balearic island of Palma de Mallorca. Enrique Calvo/REUTERS

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Paralympic swimmers Torres and Homar of Spain stretch before a training session on the Balearic island of Palma de Mallorca. Enrique Calvo/REUTERS

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Paralympic swimmer of Spain attends a training session on the Balearic island of Palma de Mallorca. Enrique Calvo/REUTERS

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Paralympic swimmer Lorena Homar of Spain attends a training session on the Balearic island of Palma de Mallorca. Enrique Calvo/REUTERS