Entries tagged "Live from London"

“Thank you, London”

As the Games ended, MEDAL QUEST’s Paralympians talked about the fantastic welcome that London gave the athletes.  

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A Family Bonds in Racing

For Tatyana McFadden, London 2012 is her third Paralympics, a chance to add even more medals.  For her sister Hannah, 16 years old, it’s a first-time experience.  Both are competing in the 100m sprint.

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“Athletes being athletes, there’re going to be accidents.”

Cheri Blauwet, seven-time Paralympic medalist and now a medical doctor, has turned her skills to preventing athlete accidents.

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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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“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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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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“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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DAY 2 OF COMPETITION - Live from London

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!

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LIVE BLOG - Day 1 of Competition

30 August 2012 – First Day of Competition    

After a gala night of fireworks and celebration, the London 2012 athletes got right down to business today.

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LIVE BLOG - THE OPENING CEREMONIES

29 August 2012 midnight+ London Time
by Judith Vecchione, for MEDAL QUEST
Opening Ceremonies for the London 2012 Paralympics ended an hour ago, and they were amazing. I could pick out one moment after another that was tremendous:

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MQ LIVE BLOG: NIGHTCAP NOTE

9:50 pm, a short end of day (London time) note

Producer Lindsay Gillette and I looked in at the Copper Box today, the venue where goalballers Jen Armbruster, Asya Miller, and Lisa Czechowski will be competing in just two days.

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MQ LIVE FROM THE GAMES: IT'S LONDON TIME

Last night the athletes of Team USA selected their 2012 flag bearer for 2012 -- 5-time Paralympian Scott Danberg, who competes in discus this year and also has competed in shot put.  On Thursday morning, US swimmer Trischa Zorn, the most decorated Paralympian of all times - 51 medals, 37 of them gold! - will be inducted into the Paralympics Hall of fame. 

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MQ AT THE GAMES: “DAY - 2”

That’s what they call it on the official Paralympic schedule “Day -2” as in “minus two” or two days to go.  And it has that feeling of “almost ready and just you wait!”  It’s very exciting.

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CHERI BLAUWET’S BLOG – Living Life in “Quads”

As we travel along the road of life, we are often called back to our roots in unexpected ways.  This return can elicit mixed and complex emotions of nostalgia, excitement, reflection of times past, pride, and even contentment. They are associated with events that we know were formative to who we are today, and that create the summative experience of our lives. 

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MQ LIVE BLOG: WATCHING THE PARALYMPICS IN THE US

Hi MQ fans,

As you know, MEDAL QUEST will be reporting live from London starting next Monday, two days before Opening Ceremonies.  We’ll have descriptions of what’s happening and what it feels like to be there cheering, photos from the arenas, stats like who won and how fast they went, more -- and we’ll be posting new video every day after the Games start.

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WE'RE BLOGGING LIVE FROM LONDON

Starting next Monday, MEDAL QUEST will be blogging live from the London 2012 Games.  We’re really excited to be going, to share with you our experiences and the experiences of the amazing Team USA Paralympians.    

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