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“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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Ending on a Perfect 10

Archers Jeff Fabry and Matt Stutzman knew, going in to the Games, that the competition would be fierce in each of their divisions.

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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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“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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“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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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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“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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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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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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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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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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“The Gun Just Became Part of My Body”

Eric Hollen came to Paralympic shooting after an accident:  a 4,500-pound tractor fell on top of him.  “I lost everything.”

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INTRODUCING MEDAL QUEST

MEDAL QUEST kicks off with an introduction to “the best athletes in the world” – the elite athletes of the Paralympic Games.  Competing in sports as different as wheelchair basketballarcheryjudocycling, and more, these American athletes personify the grit, the strategy, and the skill it takes to go for the gold. 

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THE MOUTHTAB EFFECT

Jeff Fabry demonstrates the technique that has brought him multiple medals at the Paralympics and the World Championships.

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TOP TOOLS FOR ELITE ATHLETES

“You would think that person was born with the chair attached to them” – that’s how one athlete describes the perfect fit for a sports wheelchair.

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WARRIOR GAMES 2012

The Warrior Games – a chance for injured service men and women to show their abilities and bring glory, again, to the Army, Navy, Marines, and Air Force.

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HOME STRETCH VICTORY

The 2011 men’s final in the 800 m (T-11) pitted two brothers from Canada against athletes from Colombia and Brazil in a race that came down to the last 20 meters. 

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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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GOLD IN GOALBALL

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

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WHAT IS GOALBALL?

To some, goalball looks like a cross between bowling and soccer. The players know it as a tough, physical sport with lots of strategy and speed.

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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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“TRAINING IS A FULL TIME JOB, 24/7.”

Paralympic cyclist Greta Neimanas takes us through her "full time job" – the tough training for the Games. It's a roller-coaster of ups and downs, with days that are “grueling” and some that are "effortless."

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