31 August, 2012 - Another beautiful day in London. I’ve been surprised every day when the sun shines, after the soggy wet spring and early summer Britain had. Fingers crossed that the weather holds as the Track and Field and Soccer events are starting!
Day 2 saw some ups and downs for Team USA. MEDAL QUEST went to early matches for two of the teams we’ve been following and watched them take some tough losses. US lost to Germany in women’s wheelchair basketball, 54-48. And then US lost to China in women’s sitting volleyball, 3 sets to 1.
In both events, the US had some real chances to win and really fought hard. In sitting volleyball, there were three or four match points on each side in one set! The balls fell right for the other side today, but next time is coming soon and we’re all rooting for better results.
And we’re looking at the official scoreboards and also seeing some real successes today. Here’s my favorite: Bradley Snyder, racing in the men’s 100m (S11) heats, swam fast enough to set a new Paralympic record of 57.18 and then went on to win gold. Snyder is a U.S. Navy veteran, injured in an IED explosion in Afghanistan in 2011, almost exactly a year ago.
And Alana Nichols said to us, “The MEDAL QUEST videos have been awesome, oh my gosh!” We were interviewing her after the loss to Germany, and even as she and her wheelchair basketball teammates were regrouping, she was handing out the compliments and we loved it — such amazing athletes, such wonderful people.