Kari Miller-Ortiz can describe both the athleticism and the artistry of sitting volleyball. As a commentator on NBC's Paralympic broadcast team, she wants to share her enthusiasm and passion for the game.
American media and corporate partners are making a concerted effort to raise the Paralympics’ visibility in the United States to unprecedented levels,
World-renowned prosthetist Francois Van Der Watt has been helping amputee athletes achieve maximum speed since the Flex-Foot Cheetah was a mere kitten.
The Paralympics have evolved from a modest archery exhibition involving 16 British soldiers into the world's third-largest sporting event.
The July 2021 issue of Amplitude, the nation's top amputee lifestyle magazine, features articles on the Paralympics, prosthetist Francois Van Der Watt, mobile prosthetic clincs, and more.
Not many Paralympic sprinters have also starred in a Pulitzer Prize-winning play. That’s the remarkable journey of Katy Sullivan, a bilateral amputee who always viewed herself as an actor until her life took an unplanned detour into track and field.
Meet five world-class amputee athletes who will be contending for medals in Tokyo this summer at the 2020 Paralympic Games.
One of the most discussed Super Bowl commercials from this past weekend was Toyota’s ad featuring Paralympic swimmer Jessica Long (who, by the way, is so good she’s got nearly twice as much championship hardware as Tom Brady). Titled “Upstream,” the spot snagged a prestigious Top 5 position on USA Today‘s Ad Meter, the closely...
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,...
When Adaptive Sports USA and Disabled Sports USA merged earlier this year to form Move United, the new entity instantly became the nation’s largest adaptive sports network. Now it’s setting the stage for further growth by creating a new Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Leadership Team. Designed to attract new participants from low-income populations and...
As you might have read in Amplitude‘s current issue, 2019 marked an all-time high for movies featuring lead characters who have disabilities. That trend seems to be continuing in 2020, with adaptive characters in general, and amputees in particular, getting more screen time than ever. We recently introduced you to Adam Bowes, the director-star of...
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)...
If this week's historic merger between Disabled Sports USA (DSUSA) and Adaptive Sports USA (ASUSA) caught you by surprise, you’re not alone. It kind of snuck up on the two organizations themselves, who will operate jointly from now on as Move United.
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.
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.
A quarter-century is an impressive run for any fundraiser, but Adaptive Spirit merits an extra tip of the cap: It literally saved the US Paralympic Ski Team from oblivion back in the mid-1990s. In the years since, Adaptive Spirit has helped Team USA roll up more Winter Paralympic medals than any other nation.
Throughout 2020, Amplitude will be providing ongoing coverage of U.S. amputees competing for slots on the U.S. Paralympic Team. Check in regularly for video profiles, athlete interviews, on-the-spot reporting and a complete preview of the Tokyo Games. Here’s a brief teaser:
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