Entries tagged "track and field"

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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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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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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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 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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Anjali Forber-Pratt's Blog

FROM: Anjali Forber-PrattTrack and Field (Wheelchair Racing)

Pre-London Paralympic Games: Training Camp

The Travel 

In today’s world, we all dread flying. What happens if my bags get lost? How much does it cost to check this? What if there is a delay? Take all of these questions, multiply the number of bags by 3, the level of importance by 30 and the chaos that ensues when a large team of disabled athletes travel together by 300.    

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TATYANA MCFADDEN'S BLOG

August 17, 2012

Wow, I can’t believe I leave today to go over to London. We will be staying in Lakenheath for a ten-day training camp. This is very important to get used to the time change and get adjusted to the food. I will also be training once a day. 

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LANDING THE LONG JUMP

Meet Lex Gillette, Track and Field athlete in the long jump, triple jump, and the 100m and 200m races.

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LEX GILLETTE'S BLOG

FROM:  Lex GilletteTrack and Field

If you've never seen me jump before, then here's a sample of how it goes.

My long jump caller, Wesley Williams, measures my running approach, which is 32.5 meters or approximately 106 feet. This is the distance that it takes for me to get from my initial step to the long jump takeoff board. 

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RACING FOR THE GOLD

One of the most anticipated races at the 2011 World Championships in New Zealand was the men’s 400m race for T36 athletes with cerebral palsy.

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WHAT MAKES A CHAMPION?

It takes years of training to be a Paralympian, with long hours and a true competitive drive. “We have no slouches,” says judo’s Myles Porter.

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BEYOND THE TRAINING

FROM:  Tommy Chasanoff, Track and Field

I’ve often been asked what it takes to be an elite athlete, and through my years of training I’ve noticed that being a top-level athlete involves more than just running on a track.  It really includes an entire lifestyle.  Your sleep pattern, nutrition, stress, training, lifting, and pretty much everything you do on a daily basis will affect how you perform.  

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2011 – A NEW RECORD FOR WOMEN’S 100m

MEDAL QUEST featured athlete Katy Sullivan races against world record holder Michelle Errichiello of Australia and other top runners at the 2011 World Championships in New Zealand.

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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. 

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"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.”

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A 4 x 400m SPRINT

At the IPC Athletics World Championships, so many teams were disqualified that the final race for the women’s wheelchair relay (T53/54) was down to two teams:  China and the U.S. 

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WISHING FOR SUNSHINE AND WARMER WEATHER...

From:  Jessica Galli, Track and Field

I live in Champaign, Illinois, home of the University of Illinois Fighting Illini. For those of you that aren’t familiar with the area, Champaign is located between cornfields and soybeans about three hours south of Chicago, three hours northeast of St. Louis and two hours west of Indianapolis; in other words, I live in the middle of nowhere --or for fans of Jason Aldean… in one of those “fly over states.” 

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A VETERAN'S JOURNEY

Paralympic sprinter, long jump competitor and U.S. Army veteran Kortney Clemons talks about the IED that took his right leg and killed three of his friends in Iraq.

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