Entries for September 2012

One Year Later

Exactly a year before the 2012 Paralympic Games, Navy Lt. Bradley Snyder was injured in an IED explosion in Afghanistan.

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2012 LONDON LONG JUMP HIGHLIGHTS

Visually impaired athlete Lex Gillette's silver-medal jump is today's slideshow feature.

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“We knew they were going to fight”

Team USA’s wheelchair basketball players Paul Schulte and Joseph Chambers talk MEDAL QUEST through their bronze medal match against Great Britain’s “really good” players.

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2012 LONDON WHEELCHAIR BASKETBALL HIGHLIGHTS

Team USA's Men's and Women's wheelchair basketball teams at the 2012 London Paralympic Games.

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ANJALI FORBER PRATT'S BLOG

“How did it go?” and “Did you medal?” are the two most common questions I am encountering lately.

As an athlete, it is far more exciting to brag about moments of success, and it’s easier for fans and spectators to rally behind you in those times of victory. So what happens when you have a tough race, and well-intentioned people ask, “How’d it go?”

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“Crash into them as hard as you can.”

Andy Cohn and Nicholas Springer of USA Wheelchair Rugby talked to MEDAL QUEST after the US beat Team Great Britain.

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LAST DAY OF THE 2012 GAMES

9 September 2012 - The last day of the Paralympics was a wrap-up day, just a few events. But the US went out on a strong note: Wheelchair rugby cruised to a 53-43 win in their final match, bringing home the bronze, and in the women’s marathon (T54), Team USA’s Shirley Reilly won gold.

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100m Run by the Fastest Men In The World

The most high-profile race in the Paralympics is the Men’s 100m sprint (T44), headlined by South Africa’s Oscar Pistorius, called “the fastest man on no legs.”

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DAY 10 OF COMPETITION

8 September 2012 - Today was the last full day of competition, and the MEDAL QUEST team and I were drawn to Track and Field again. We were especially watching the preliminary heats for the women’s 100m (T-54) wheelchair race to see the McFadden sisters, Tatyana and Hannah, sprinting head to head.

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DAY 9 OF COMPETITION - Live from London

7 September 2012 - It’s coming down to the final stretch here in the Games – just one more full day of competition on Saturday, then final events and the Closing Ceremonies on Sunday.

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“When the crowd got louder, it fueled me.”

Cyclist Allison Jones knew she wanted to get to the London Paralympics, even if she had to buy her own ticket and come as a spectator.

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Day 8 of Competitions - Live from London

6 September 2012 - Last night was the marquee event of these Paralympics, the much hyped Men’s 100m sprint (T44), or as most people think of it, “the Oscar Pistorius race.”

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On the Track and In the Pool

Rudy Garcia-Tolson decided last year to try to qualify in two Paralympic sports, on the track and in swimming.

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Day 7 of Competition - London 2012

5 September 2012 - Wednesday, a week into the Games, and today I was at the most packed arena I’ve seen outside of the Olympic Stadium, and the loudest, for sure.

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Blake Leeper: Preparing to Compete

Blake Leeper wasn’t satisfied with the silver medal he won at last year’s Parapan American Games.

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Day 6 of Competition - London 2012

4 September 2012 - MEDAL QUEST was at two very different competitions today. First was Track and Field, which is actually called “Athletics” here at the Paralympic Games.

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Judo: All in One Day

On September 1, the Paralympic judo athletes worked their way from starting rounds to final medals.

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Day 5 of Competitions - Live from London

3 September 2012 - Yesterday’s play ended so late at the Olympic Stadium, I didn’t have the energy to write. But there was a dramatic race that took place that evening, made even more dramatic after the competition, so I thought I’d recap.

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Day 4 of Competition - Live from London

2 September 2012 - London’s normal rains came back today, slowing down the outdoor events. Paralympic athletes compete in the rain, of course, just as able-bodied athletes do. But sometimes conditions get slick or dangerous, and the very strict Paralympic competition timetables slip.

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Top Rivals in Sitting Volleyball

The American and Chinese women have a rivalry in sitting volleyball dating back to the Beijing Games, 2008.

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The First Step Towards Gold

Goalball captain Jen Armbruster describes the team’s first game at the London Games, a match against a tough Swedish team.

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Day 3 of Competition - Live from the Games

1 September, 2012 - It’s hard to explain how much goes on so quickly at the Games. In some venues, like swimming, there’s only one pool, of course, so the races take place one after the other, with just very short breaks in between them.

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A Look Behind The Experience - London 2012

1 September 2012 - The MEDAL QUEST team has media credentials, which means we can enter the stadiums at special entrances. It’s all very carefully controlled: security screens our camera bags every time we enter the park, and volunteers check the tags around our necks to enter the stadium, to get to shooting positions, to get around to a new place to work, at every door and gate.

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Classification: A Unique Part of Paralympic Sport

Paralympic experts and athletes explain how competitors are grouped by kinds and levels of disability.

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“It’s the pinnacle of sport!”

As the London Games begin, MEDAL QUEST’s Paralympic athletes share their last-minute hopes and fears.

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