Let the Games Begin!

TheMobilityProject.com’s Guide to the London 2012 Paralympic Games

United Kingdom flag on trackA total of 165 countries are expected to send athletes to the London 2012 Paralympics, making this year’s games the biggest in history. More than 200 of those athletes will be from the United States.

TheMobilityProject’s Guide to Team USA’s 2012 Paralympic Athletes offers at-a-glance information about all of the sports in which the United States will compete. You will find a breakdown of athletes to watch, terminology and fun facts about the events. The guide will help you follow along as you watch your favorite athletes battle it out in London.

Schedule

Aug. 29 – Paralympic Opening Ceremony
Sept. 9 – Last night of the games

View the full Paralympics schedule and track results here.

If you miss Team USA on TV, be sure to check in on the action here.

Team USA at the 2008 Games

Olympic Stadium in London

Olympic stadium in London

At the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing, China, Team USA won 99 medals, coming in third in the overall medal count, behind Great Britain (102) and China (211). U.S. Paralympians claimed 36 gold, 35 silver and 28 bronze medals.

By far the most successful was the U.S. Paralympic Swim Team, which was responsible for 44 of those medals, the most claimed by any nation in the 2008 games. These fast swimmers earned 17 gold, 14 silver and 13 bronze medals, all while setting 16 world records, 23 Paralympic records, 48 Pan American records and 99 American records.

This year Team USA will not participate in the following events: men’s goalball, five-a-side soccer and men’s sitting volleyball.

Get Into the Spirit

Lantern lighting takes place Aug. 27-29 as the world gears up for the opening ceremony. Light your own lantern following these instructions.

And don’t let your friends watch alone. Host a Paralympics watching party, complete with a quiz night. Find details here.

Industry Sponsors

U.S. womens wheelchair basketball team

U.S. Women's Wheelchair Basketball Team

A number of mobility companies have stepped up to support Team USA in its Paralympic endeavors:

Otto Bock Healthcare, a manufacturer of mobility products and prosthetics, will lend a helping hand to keep wheelchair rugby and other Paralympic sports equipment in working order during the games.

Supracor, a company that manufacturers support surfaces, has sponsored the U.S. Women’s Wheelchair Basketball Team, which will defend its 2008 gold medal in London. The company has provided team members with Stimulite honeycomb wheelchair cushions to provide shock-absorbing pressure relief, stability and ventilation.

Paralympics Puzzle

Kids, can you identify all of the Paralympic sports in this puzzle?


About the Author

Elisha Bury is the editor of The Mobility Project. She can be reached at consumer@hmemediagroup.com.