Entries tagged "Paralympics"

“Thank you, London”

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

Read More »

One Year Later

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

Read More »

2012 LONDON LONG JUMP HIGHLIGHTS

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

Read More »

2012 LONDON WHEELCHAIR BASKETBALL HIGHLIGHTS

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

Read More »

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?”

Read More »

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.

Read More »

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.”

Read More »

Blake Leeper: Preparing to Compete

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

Read More »

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.

Read More »

Top Rivals in Sitting Volleyball

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

Read More »

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.

Read More »

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.

Read More »

Classification: A Unique Part of Paralympic Sport

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

Read More »

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!

Read More »

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.

Read More »

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:

Read More »

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.

Read More »

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. 

Read More »

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.

Read More »

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. 

Read More »

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.

Read More »

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.    

Read More »

GOLD IN GOALBALL

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

Read More »

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!

Read More »

THE TRICKY MECHANICS OF RUNNING

FROM: Katy Sullivan, Track and Field

It’s interesting to me, this whole world of Paralympics. It’s not something that I ever saw myself doing, even though I’ve had my physical circumstance since birth.  I never really saw myself as having a “disability,” and I always believed that I could do whatever it is that I wanted, as long as I worked hard and trusted in myself. 

Read More »

"IT'S CHANGED MY PERCEPTION"

Paralympic sprinter Katy Sullivan remembers how unsure she was the first time she saw running legs.  Then, “the world of sports opened to me.”

Read More »

"I LIKE TO TAKE RISKS"

Alana Nichols of the women’s wheelchair basketball team admits she likes going “really fast.” “I love feeling my heart beat,” she says.

Read More »

WHEELCHAIR RUGBY: ARMORED CHAIRS AND TEAMWORK

In 2008, the U.S. wheelchair rugby team beat Australia to take home the gold.  Can they do it again?

Read More »

20 YEARS OF PARALYMPIC WHEELCHAIR TENNIS

Esther Vergeer, called “the most dominant player in professional sports,” explains wheelchair tennis

Read More »

“KEEP THE INTENSITY, KEEP POSITIVE.”

Mackenzie Soldan, wheelchair tennis player, talks us through last year’s gold-medal match against teammate Emmy Kaiser in Gualajara, Mexico.

Read More »

REFLECTIONS ON MY FOUR YEAR ANNIVERSARY

From Mallory Weggemann, Swimming

About a week ago now was my four-year anniversary of getting back in the water after being paralyzed in January of 2008.  I remember April 8, 2008 just like it was yesterday.  I had been paralyzed for nearly four months, and here I was at the University of Minnesota and attempting to get back in the water. 

Read More »

INSIDE WHEELCHAIR BASKETBALL

In 2008, Jennifer Krempien of the Canadian women’s wheelchair basketball team took time to explain the “three things to remember” in wheelchair basketball.

Read More »

HITTING THE OUTSIDE JUMP SHOT

Paul Schulte, co-captain of the men’s wheelchair basketball team, answers the questions everyone asks about his sport.  

Read More »

TAKING CARE OF BUSINESS

Hi :-) I'm Paul, and I'm co-captain for the 2012 Men's Wheelchair Basketball team.  You'll be excited to hear that the U.S. is a serious contender for gold at the London 2012 Paralympics. 

Read More »

"SIGN ME UP!"

Allison Jones tells the story of how she came to Paralympic cycling -- and how cool it is to hear crowds chant “USA!!” while she competes.  

Read More »

Authors

Blog Archive

Filter by Tags