Entries for June 2012

Wheelchair Tennis in London

In London, for the first time, Paralympic Tennis will have its own special tennis stadium.

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LOOKING FOR A PERFECT FIT

Prosthetist Shane Ryley reveals the special care and technology needed to create high-performance artificial limbs for athletes - and to keep them tuned perfectly for best results.

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RUSSELL WOLFE'S BLOG

FROM: Russell WolfeArchery

Day One of the Stoke Mandeville Archery Event is officially in the books.  The day consisted of only a few hours of practice and equipment inspection.  There were quite a few more archers than I’d expected.  This explains why the events qualification rounds are held over two days, instead of the one day it used to be.

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DAVID WAGNER'S BLOG

FROM: David WagnerWheelchair Tennis

Hello, I hope everyone is doing well. I am busy training for this summer’s Paralympic Games here at the United States Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, California. I was just in Sacramento for an exhibition tournament. It was a great weekend event and really raised awareness for wheelchair tennis.

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21 YEARS LATER, I’M STILL TRYING IT OUT."

Canadian player Dustin Hodgson says he didn’t want to play "football" – as he calls soccer -- but his mother signed him up and he loved it.

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A LONG JOURNEY TO LONDON

Chris Ahrens explains that he and his teammates committed to London 4 years ago – and it took some tough playing to get them there.

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CHRIS AHREN'S BLOG

From: Chris AhrensSoccer

Not only do I get to live out my boyhood dream of competing in sports at its highest level, I get to travel the world and represent my country, and I get to call myself a Paralympian. When not participating in team activities, I am an Adapted Physical Education teacher in the San Diego Unified School District.

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SHOT PUT AT THE BEIJING PARALYMPICS

In shot put, as in many other sports at the 2008 Beijing Paralympics, another world record was set.

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JEN ARMBRUSTER’S BLOG

From:  Jen Armbruster, U.S. Women’s Goalball Team

Fathers Day, June 17, 2012

Without my father and his interest in my sport of goalball, I’m not sure I would be a soon-to-be six-time Paralympian and gold medal winner.

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ARCHERY AND THE MAN

Jeff Fabry, bronze medalist in archery in 2004 and 2008, is looking to “make a statement” in London 2012.

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SCOTT WINKLER'S BLOG

This weekend I went camping with my family and our neighbors.  My non-profit organization, Champions Made From Adversity, put on an event called "We Can Ski." And here are some of my stories from prepping for the London Games this year…

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INTRODUCING MEDAL QUEST

MEDAL QUEST kicks off with an introduction to “the best athletes in the world” – the elite athletes of the Paralympic Games.  Competing in sports as different as wheelchair basketballarcheryjudocycling, and more, these American athletes personify the grit, the strategy, and the skill it takes to go for the gold. 

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ANOTHER WORLD RECORD

In the 2008 Beijing Games, competing in the category of women under 40 kg, Lidiya Solovyova of Ukraine lifted more than 2.5 times her own weight.

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ON THE COURT IN SITTING VOLLEYBALL

"If you’re not thinking two steps ahead of your opponents," says Eric Duda of men’s sitting volleyball, "you’re already behind."

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MARY STACK'S BLOG

FROM: Mary StackPowerlifting

I have been lifting for 22 years, and feel I have been very lucky to be able to do the thing I love for this many years. I have had really good, exciting, and sometimes tough times, but I wouldn't change a single minute of it. The tough times have taught me patience and have helped me be the athlete I am today. Over those years I have managed to adjust things like school, work, family and what I do, based on lifting meets and training.

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