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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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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, it wasn’t long ago at all. But everything has changed since then, and Adaptive Spirit has gone the way of every other gathering of more than 10 people. Given that this annual fundraiser accounts for...

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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 Saturday. The United States earned silver in the team competition (Spain took the gold), and several amputees (including Americans Colin Cook and Liv Stone) won individual gold medals—fittingly so, since the Association of Amputee Surfers...

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Road to Tokyo: 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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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 asked her if we could share another episode from her life — this time about the trials of her first 10K race post-amputation. Both articles come from her blog, Stepping Out in Faith. Thanks, Angie,...

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2020 Paralympic Athletes to Know: Haven Shepherd

2020 Paralympic Athletes to Know: Haven Shepherd

TLDR: Born in Vietnam, Haven lost her legs in a “family suicide” when she was 14 months old. Her mother and
father strapped bombs to themselves and embraced
Haven, hoping all three would die. The detonation killed both her parents. Haven survived but lost both legs below the knee.

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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 busy year of World Championships and looks ahead to a new Paralympic Winter Games cycle. Download an online copy at http://paralympics.uberflip.com/i/1059743-the-paralympian-dec-2018. Also, to watch videos and subscribe to ParalympicSport.TV, visit www.youtube.com/ParalympicSportTV.

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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 of the wheelchairs rushing up and down the court and the metal-on-metal collision of those same wheelchairs is an experience in and of itself. The athletes maneuver their chairs with grace, finesse, and ferocity all...

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