WKAR teamed up with Chicago-based photographer John Patrick McGuire to capture the buzz of the 2013 World Dwarf Games, through portraits and interviews with the athletes. | You can view individual athlete portraits here. To hear audio from some of the participants click into post.
For the past 20 years, little people from around the world have gathered every four years to compete in the World Dwarf Games. In 2013 the games returned to their birthplace: East Lansing, Michigan (more about the history of dwarf sports).
From August 3-10, 395 athletes from 17 nations competed in 14 different events -- from table tennis and shooting to soccer and power lifting. It is the largest sporting event in history exclusively for athletes with dwarfism.
Photography by John Patrick McGuire
Produced by Joe Linstroth & Emanuele Berry
Production assistant: Becky McKendry