I know it’s almost the official start of summer and most people are thinking about summer fun and road trips but time is flying by faster than a bobsled team down a sheet of ice. The 2014 Winter Olympic countdown is on and the opening ceremonies will be here before we know it so it’s time to get prepared for the games by taking a closer look at the sports and athletes. What better sport than the fast paced sport of bobsled to start our profiles for the Sochi Olympics? Continue reading →
I don’t understand why archery isn’t more popular. Between Legolas and Katniss, a bow and arrow is definitely the coolest weapon of choice. That is, if a wand becomes unavailable. Continue reading →
Soccer 7-a-side (called “football 7-a-side” internationally) was first played in the Paralympics in 1984. The game is played by male athletes with cerebral palsy or other conditions including stroke and brain injuries. The players compete in two thirty minute halves that are fast paced just like able-bodied soccer.
Also like able-bodied soccer the United States has been trying to catch up to the rest of the world. The USA took 4th place in 1996 which marked their best finish in the Paralympics. The 2012 USA team is one of eight teams that will compete in London and this group is looking bring home the first medal for the USA. Continue reading →
With the US women’s wheelchair basketball team taking the gold in 2008, the coming games are accompanied by high hopes and expectations. Five veterans are returning from their last success in hopes of scoring the gold again: Sarah Castle, Mary Allison Milford, Becca Murray, Alana Nichols, and Natalie Schneider. Watch for the new additions to the team: Sarah Binsfeld, Jennifer Chew, Rose Hollermann, Darlene Hunter, Desiree Miller, Jennifer Poist, and Andrea Woodson-Smith. David Kiley is their coach for this season. Continue reading →
Eleanor Simmonds MBE is a double gold-medalist Paralympian swimmer from Britain who has achondroplasia (a common form of dwarfism.) Eleanor is back for her second Olympics, having been the youngest British competitor at Beijing in 2008 where she took gold in the 100m and 400m freestyle and was dubbed the “British swimming sensation”. She was 13 then. Continue reading →
The 2012 United States sitting volleyball team returns eight players from the 2008 Paralympic team that took silver after losing to China in the 2008 final. Kari Miller is one of the eight returning players looking for gold in 2012. Miller, a US Army Veteran who served in Bosnia and Korea in the late 90’s, first started playing volleyball after losing her legs in a car accident. Miller is now the specialized defensive position known as a libero for team USA. Continue reading →
Wheelchair tennis has only been around since the 1970s when it began in America. It made its first appearance in the Paralympics in Barcelona in 1992 and has grown in popularity worldwide. This year, 112 athletes will compete in six tennis events, including men’s and women’s singles and doubles competitions, at the London 2012 Paralympics. However, there is one woman has dominated in the sport and is predicted to win gold yet again. That athlete is Esther Vergeer. Continue reading →
You shouldn’t judge a book by its cover or judge a sport by its name. However, when you have a sport called “Murderball” it can be hard to get fans and sponsors to give it a chance. So years ago Murderball was changed to Wheelchair Rugby but the name was all that changed – the game is still fast paced and extremely physical that is played by some of the toughest athletes in any sport.
The Paralympic Games were started in 1948 for British WWII veterans that wanted to compete. They have since grown and are for athletes with mobility disabilities, amputations, blindness, and cerebral palsy. They are held immediately following the summer/ winter Olympics. This year, the London 2012 Paralympic Games will begin August 29th. Continue reading →
The Olympics seem to come through almost like a hurricane – there are months of preparation and anticipation; then they hit and we had 17 days of furious coverage with the stories of triumph, heartbreak, tragedy, scandal, and sportsmanship; now they’re gone and they’ve left us with hundreds of thousands of pictures to dig through and try to put together some meaning in the huge void the Olympics have left in our lives. Continue reading →