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My Son, the Paralympian: Deborah Jackson's Journey of Discovery
Deborah Jackson relied on the adaptive sports community as her son Desmond progressed toward the Paralympics. That community, she says, ...

My Son, the Paralympian: Deborah Jackson’s Journey of Discovery

Paralympic Swimmer Mohammad Abbas Karimi Brings Hope to Refugees
One of the most remarkable performers at the US Paralympic Trials wasn’t even eligible for a spot on Team USA ...

Paralympic Swimmer Mohammad Abbas Karimi Brings Hope to Refugees

Trenten Merrill Thinks the Paralympics Deserve Equal Time
Amputee athlete Trenten Merrill thinks athletes and fans would benefit from a joint national meet that brings Olympians and Paralympians ...

Trenten Merrill Thinks the Paralympics Deserve Equal Time

John Register: The Distance From Silver to Gold
In this era of specialized prosthetic technology, mismatches between amputee and device are common. Even Paralympians aren’t immune, as silver ...

John Register: The Distance From Silver to Gold

Why the Paralympics Matter to All Amputees
The Tokyo Paralympics are part of a larger, more important story: the normalization of limb difference and the changing cultural ...

Why the Paralympics Matter to All Amputees

Down Time: How COVID Affected Paralympic Athletes
Paralympic athletes are used to making adaptions, and the pandemic was no different. Some even used the down time to ...

Down Time: How COVID Affected Paralympic Athletes

US Paralympic Trials: Six Amputee Athletes to Know
These six amputee athletes have a lot at stake during this week’s US Paralympic Trials. They're not well known yet—but ...

US Paralympic Trials: Six Amputee Athletes to Know

Melissa Stockwell Keeps the Flag Flying at the Paralympics
Iraq War veteran and three-time Paralympian Melissa Stockwell sees a lot of overlap between the duty to promote American values ...

Melissa Stockwell Keeps the Flag Flying at the Paralympics

Desmond Jackson Blazes the Trail
Amputee athlete Desmond Jackson is blazing trails and advancing the cause of cultural inclusion for amputees, people with disabilities, and ...

Desmond Jackson Blazes the Trail

NBC Counts on the Paralympics to Deliver Gold
In an exclusive interview, NBC Olympics president Gary Zenkel discusses the trends driving the network's beefed-up coverage of the Tokyo ...

NBC Counts on the Paralympics to Deliver Gold

Jake Schrom Pays the Price of Admission to the Paralympics
As a weightlifter, Jake Schrom can't attract the same sponsorship dollars that swimmers and sprinters can. He pays a big ...

Jake Schrom Pays the Price of Admission to the Paralympics

Katy Sullivan: Acclaimed Actor, Accidental Athlete
Not many Paralympic sprinters have also starred in a Pulitzer Prize-winning play. That’s the remarkable journey of Katy Sullivan, a ...

Katy Sullivan: Acclaimed Actor, Accidental Athlete

The Podium Comes First for Brian Bell—Then the Platform
Wheelchair basketball player Brian Bell is focused on winning another gold medal in Tokyo. But outside the arena, he feels ...

The Podium Comes First for Brian Bell—Then the Platform

Tokyo 2020 Paralympics: International Treasures
Meet five world-class amputee athletes who will be contending for medals in Tokyo this summer at the 2020 Paralympic Games ...

Tokyo 2020 Paralympics: International Treasures

Nichole Millage on the Power of Team Chemistry
Some of Nichole Millage's sitting volleyball teammates were still in grade school when she won her first Paralympic medal. Here's ...

Nichole Millage on the Power of Team Chemistry

For Ezra Frech, It's About Way More Than the Medals
Paralympic athlete Ezra Frech believes passionately that adaptive sports can empower all people with disabilities and help everyone—even non-athletes—feel like ...

For Ezra Frech, It’s About Way More Than the Medals

The Marketplace Comes to Melissa Stockwell
Melissa Stockwell was part of the first wave of US Paralympians to demonstrate the marketing potential of adaptive athletes. Here's ...

The Marketplace Comes to Melissa Stockwell

Fast Dash to the Pros for Hunter Woodhall
The NCAA's nonsensical eligibility guidelines left Paralympic medal contender Hunter Woodhall with only one logical choice: turn pro ...

Fast Dash to the Pros for Hunter Woodhall

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 ...

Brian Bell Chases His Hoop Dreams

Nouveaux Niches at the Paralympics
This year’s Paralympics will be the first to offer live coverage of every sport to US television viewers. Here are ...

Nouveaux Niches at the Paralympics

Ezra Frech Feels the Love
He won't turn 16 until May, but Ezra Frech already has a higher profile than most Paralympic athletes. As the ...

Ezra Frech Feels the Love

Nichole Millage Keeps the Ball Flying
Amputee volleyball player Nichole Millage already has a Paralympic gold and two silvers. So why is she putting herself through ...

Nichole Millage Keeps the Ball Flying

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 ...

Melissa Stockwell Stays the Course

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 ...

Hunter Woodhall Gets Back to Business

Will the 2021 Paralympics Be Cancelled?
Amputee athletes and other Paralympians are supposed to start competing on August 24. Will COVID allow the Games to go ...

Will the 2021 Paralympics Be Cancelled?

5 Amputee Paralympians on the Rise
Meet five amputee athletes who hope not only to make their Paralympic debuts in Tokyo later this year, but to ...

5 Amputee Paralympians on the Rise

Move United Enlarges the Tent for Adaptive Sports
Cheryl Collins, director of diversity, equity and inclusion When Adaptive Sports USA and Disabled Sports USA merged earlier this year ...

Move United Enlarges the Tent for Adaptive Sports

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 ...

US Olympic and Paralympic Museum: First Impressions

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 ...

Pedaling Through the Pandemic

Anthony Quinn is an amputee and an adaptive athlete who is competing for the 2021 Paralympic Games.
Despite the virtual format for the 2020 Endeavor Games, the jitters Anthony Quinn felt before he ran his race were ...

Worthy Endeavors

Allan Armstrong is an amputee, national champion paratriathlete and Paralympic hopeful.
SFC Allan Armstrong resumed running just six months after he lost his leg in a motorcycle accident in 2013. He ...

Tokyo 2021: Allan Armstrong Soldiers On

Jumping for June
Given that most pro and amateur athletes remain sidelined by the pandemic, June is shaping up as a surprisingly active ...

Jumping for June

Parasports Pioneers Join Forces
If this week's historic merger between Disabled Sports USA (DSUSA) and Adaptive Sports USA (ASUSA) caught you by surprise, you’re ...

Parasports Pioneers Join Forces

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 ...

Tokyo 2021: Lacey Henderson Looks Ahead

Adaptive Spirit Adapts
It doesn’t seem like very long ago that we were talking up the 25th anniversary of Adaptive Spirit—and, in fact, ...

Adaptive Spirit Adapts

Coronavirus: What Amputees Know
“Amputees don’t focus on what they don’t have,” says Patrick Quinn. “They work with what they do have, and they ...

Coronavirus: What Amputees Know

World Para Surfing Championship: Meet the Winners
The sports world wasn't entirely dormant over the weekend, as the World Para Surfing Championship proceeded to its conclusion on ...

World Para Surfing Championship: Meet the Winners

NCAA Indoor Track Championships
Our latest conversation with Hunter Woodhall comes on the eve of the NCAA Indoor Track and Field National Championships ...

NCAA Indoor Track Championships

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 ...

Hunter Woodhall’s New Legs

Adaptive Spirit: 25 Years of Support for the Paralympics
A quarter-century is an impressive run for any fundraiser, but Adaptive Spirit merits an extra tip of the cap: It ...

Adaptive Spirit: 25 Years of Support for the Paralympics

CHASING GREATNESS: Inspiring the Next Generation of Para Athletes
The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) and international partner Allianz have launched Chasing Greatness, a video series aimed at inspiring the ...

CHASING GREATNESS: Inspiring the Next Generation of Para Athletes

Paralympics Ranks as Third-largest Sporting Event in the World
The Paralympics now ranks as the third-largest sporting event in the world, trailing only the Olympic Games and the World ...

Paralympics Ranks as Third-largest Sporting Event in the World

1st Person: My First 10K as an Amputee
We got a lot of positive feedback last month on Angie Heuser's first-person story about learning to surf. So we ...

1st Person: My First 10K as an Amputee

Second Edition of The Paralympian Now Available
The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has released the final 2018 edition of its magazine The Paralympian, which reflects on a ...

Second Edition of The Paralympian Now Available

Retired Soldiers Benefit From Wheelchair Rugby
If you have never witnessed wheelchair rugby in person, you should make it a point to do so. The sound ...

Retired Soldiers Benefit From Wheelchair Rugby

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