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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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NBC Paralympics Coverage Sets New TV Ratings Records

Last week we sifted some tea leaves in an effort to gauge the size of NBC’s television audience for the Paralympics. The numbers are now in, and they’re well worth celebrating. The US audience for the 2020 Paralympics vastly outnumbered those of all previous Games. Total viewership exceeded 14 million people, an increase of 81...

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5 Best Paralympic Events to Watch Again

5 Best Paralympic Events to Watch Again

Now that the Paralympics have gotten the sort of coverage they always deserved, does anybody still doubt whether these events are compelling enough to hold an audience? Not every storyline lived up to its billing, but enough of them did to make for a show that always entertained and frequently achieved high drama. Here are...

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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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Paralympics Daily: August 25

Paralympics Daily: August 25

Team USA’s smartphones were out in force during Tuesday night’s Opening Ceremonies. For a peek at how things looked from the competitors’ point of view, scroll down for a gallery of images and reflections. WE’RE TALKING UP THE PARALYMPICS ON COSITALKSTune in tonight at 8:30 pm Eastern for a special edition of COSI Talks. We’ll...

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Getting to the Big Leagues

American media and corporate partners are making a concerted effort to raise the Paralympics’ visibility in the United States to unprecedented levels,

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Personal Bests

World-renowned prosthetist Francois Van Der Watt has been helping amputee athletes achieve maximum speed since the Flex-Foot Cheetah was a mere kitten.

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Message From the Editor

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.

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Amputees in Super Bowl Ads: G.O.A.T.?

Amputees in Super Bowl Ads: G.O.A.T.?

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...

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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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Move United Enlarges the Tent for Adaptive Sports

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...

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5 New Movies About Amputees

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...

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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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Parasports Pioneers Join Forces

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 not alone. It kind of snuck up on the two organizations themselves, who will operate jointly from now on as Move United.

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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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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 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.

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Paralympics 2020: Follow Amputees to Tokyo

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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