Entries for May 2012

THE MOUTHTAB EFFECT

Jeff Fabry demonstrates the technique that has brought him multiple medals at the Paralympics and the World Championships.

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TOP TOOLS FOR ELITE ATHLETES

“You would think that person was born with the chair attached to them” – that’s how one athlete describes the perfect fit for a sports wheelchair.

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WARRIOR GAMES 2012

The Warrior Games – a chance for injured service men and women to show their abilities and bring glory, again, to the Army, Navy, Marines, and Air Force.

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JEFF FABRY'S BLOG

FROM: Jeff FabryArchery

The countdown has begun: less than 100 days till the Opening Ceremony of the 2012 Paralympic Games in London.  This is my third opportunity to represent the United States in the Paralympic Games.  I can’t wait to do my best and bring home a medal for the USA!    

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HOME STRETCH VICTORY

The 2011 men’s final in the 800 m (T-11) pitted two brothers from Canada against athletes from Colombia and Brazil in a race that came down to the last 20 meters. 

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LANDING THE LONG JUMP

Meet Lex Gillette, Track and Field athlete in the long jump, triple jump, and the 100m and 200m races.

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LEX GILLETTE'S BLOG

FROM:  Lex GilletteTrack and Field

If you've never seen me jump before, then here's a sample of how it goes.

My long jump caller, Wesley Williams, measures my running approach, which is 32.5 meters or approximately 106 feet. This is the distance that it takes for me to get from my initial step to the long jump takeoff board. 

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BONNIE ST. JOHN'S BLOG

Bonnie St. John looks back at her Paralympic experience and is "overwhelmed with joy and awe" at the competition today.

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GOLD IN GOALBALL

The U.S. women’s goalball team tells MEDAL QUEST the pressure is on to defend their gold medal from Beijing

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WHAT IS GOALBALL?

To some, goalball looks like a cross between bowling and soccer. The players know it as a tough, physical sport with lots of strategy and speed.

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RACING FOR THE GOLD

One of the most anticipated races at the 2011 World Championships in New Zealand was the men’s 400m race for T36 athletes with cerebral palsy.

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LIFE LESSONS FROM THE GOALBALL COURT

FROM:  Lisa Czechowski, Goalball

When I first began goalball, I never thought I would be sitting here today writing a blog about lessons learned. I began the sport in October 1995 as a junior in high school, and I did not have a lot of life experience. I had never flown on a plane or traveled away from the East Coast. Now it’s almost 17 years later – 3 Paralympics, 4 World Championships, many international and national tournaments – and it has been a great ride!

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WHAT MAKES A CHAMPION?

It takes years of training to be a Paralympian, with long hours and a true competitive drive. “We have no slouches,” says judo’s Myles Porter.

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BEYOND THE TRAINING

FROM:  Tommy Chasanoff, Track and Field

I’ve often been asked what it takes to be an elite athlete, and through my years of training I’ve noticed that being a top-level athlete involves more than just running on a track.  It really includes an entire lifestyle.  Your sleep pattern, nutrition, stress, training, lifting, and pretty much everything you do on a daily basis will affect how you perform.  

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2011 – A NEW RECORD FOR WOMEN’S 100m

MEDAL QUEST featured athlete Katy Sullivan races against world record holder Michelle Errichiello of Australia and other top runners at the 2011 World Championships in New Zealand.

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