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Team Össur vs. Team Ottobock: The Final Tally

Team Össur vs. Team Ottobock: The Final Tally

If the Paralympic athletes sponsored by Össur and Ottobock were regarded as independent nations, both teams would have ranked among the top 20 in the overall medal count among the 162 countries that attended the 2021 Tokyo Games. Put the two together, and they piled up more gold medals than all but eight other entrants....

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Team USA’s Amputee Medal-winners at the Paralympics

Team USA’s Amputee Medal-winners at the Paralympics

Team USA’s final medal Paralympic medal count ended up at 104, with 37 golds. Both figures rank as the second-highest in history, surpassed only by the 115 medals and 40 golds the Americans won five years ago in Rio. Amputee athletes made up about a third of Team USA’s overall Paralympic contingent, and they brought...

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How Many Americans Watched the Paralympics on NBC?

How Many Americans Watched the Paralympics on NBC?

When we spoke with Gary Zenkel, the president of NBC Olympics, back in May, he told us he didn’t have a specific viewership target in mind when it came to the 2021 Paralympics. “We don’t need to set ratings records,” Zenkel said, explaining the network’s goals in airing an unprecedented 1200-plus hours of Paralympic competition...

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2022 Winter Paralympics: Amputee FAQ

2022 Winter Paralympics: Amputee FAQ

Through 1992, the Winter and Summer Olympic/Paralympics were always held in the same calendar year. It was only in 1994 that the IOC modified the schedule to create a staggered cycle, with Summer Games during leap years and Winter Games two years later. Because of the one-year pandemic delay, the calendar has temporarily reverted to...

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Brian Bell Chases His Hoop Dreams

Brian Bell Chases His Hoop Dreams

Although he had the misfortune to lose his right leg in a childhood accident, Brian Bell had the good luck to grow up in the adaptive sports hotbed of Birmingham, Alabama. Blessed with first-rate coaching, equipment, and sponsorship support from an early age, Bell blossomed into one of the nation’s most sought-after wheelchair basketball recruits...

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Melissa Stockwell Stays the Course

Melissa Stockwell Stays the Course

Melissa Stockwell was supposed to be six months into retirement from athletics by now, focused on family and business and (ideally) basking in the glow of a Tokyo gold medal. When the 2020 Games were pushed back by a year due to COVID, she briefly entertained the idea of sticking with Plan A—retiring on schedule,...

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Hunter Woodhall Gets Back to Business

Hunter Woodhall Gets Back to Business

When COVID put the Paralympics on hold, amputee athlete Hunter Woodhall didn’t need long to figure out how to rechannel his energy. He launched a new company. And he didn’t worry about the stuff he couldn’t control.

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US Olympic and Paralympic Museum: First Impressions

The US Olympic and Paralympic Museum was originally supposed to open back in May, about a month before the Olympic and Paralympic Trials and three months (give or take) before the Tokyo Games. For reasons we needn’t rehash, the opening got delayed and the Games got postponed. We’re still a year out from the (now)...

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Pedaling Through the Pandemic

Pedaling Through the Pandemic

Congrats to the team of paratriathletes who kicked off National Triathlon Week by cycling across Colorado’s deserts, peaks and plains to raise $21,000+ (and counting) for people who’ve taken a hit in the pocketbook because of the pandemic.

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Tokyo 2021: Allan Armstrong Soldiers On

SFC Allan Armstrong resumed running just six months after he lost his leg in a motorcycle accident in 2013. He returned to active military duty a few months after that, took up paratriathlon in 2015, and won his first U.S. championship in less than two years.

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Tokyo 2021: Lacey Henderson Looks Ahead

Tokyo 2021: Lacey Henderson Looks Ahead

When we spoke to Lacey Henderson back on March 19, the Paralympics were still supposedly going to be held on schedule in August 2020. She no longer had a place to train, though—her regular training facility had closed a few days earlier—and all the spring qualifying meets had been called off.

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Hunter Woodhall’s New Legs

Hunter Woodhall is one of the biggest stars and most recognizable faces on the US Paralympics team. We’ll be talking to Hunter regularly throughout 2020 as he prepares for his second Paralympic Games and pursues his first gold medal(s) in track and field. This conversation took place in late February, after Hunter wrapped up a long weekend with prosthetist Francois Van Der Watt.

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