Going for Gold
Meet Team USA Athletes Competing in the 2012 London Paralympic Games
When the 2012 London Paralympic Games kicks off Aug. 29, a team of 133 men and 94 women from the United States will compete for gold in 19 sports.
“Our Paralympians embody what it means to be an American,” said United States Olympic Committee Chief Executive Officer Scott Blackmun. “They will compete with the pride and honor that is inherent in representing the United States of America, inspiring Americans young and old with their stories of triumph.”
Team USA will participate in archery, boccia, cycling, equestrian, goalball, judo, powerlifting, rowing, sailing, shooting, sitting volleyball, soccer seven-a-side, swimming, table tennis, track and field, wheelchair basketball, wheelchair rugby, wheelchair fencing and wheelchair tennis.
The team will also attempt to match or surpass its record at the last Paralympics in Beijing, where Team USA claimed a total of 99 medals, finishing third overall.
Highlights from Team USA:
- Nineteen athletes on the 2012 team also won multiple medals in Beijing. Swimmer Jessica Long (Baltimore, Md.) co-led the U.S. Paralympic Team with six medals in Beijing, and wheelchair racer Jessica Galli (Hillsborough Township, N.J.) won five medals.
- Twenty U.S. military veterans and active duty service members are part of the team, some of whom were wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan.
- Forty-two states and Washington, D.C., have representatives on the 2012 U.S. Paralympic Team. California has the most athletes with 23 followed by Colorado with 13.
- Track and field is the largest sport delegation for the United States, which will have 58 athletes, including four guide athletes, competing.
- At the 2012 U.S. Paralympic Trials for Track and Field, three athletes set world records: Raymond Martin (Jersey City, N.J.) set the 30.18 world mark in the men’s 200 m (T52); Galli set a new world mark in the women’s 200 m (T53) with a time of 28.93; and Angela Madsen (Long Beach, Calif.) threw 9.30 m in women’s shotput (F56). Blake Leeper (Kingston, Tenn.) tied the world record in the men’s 100 m (T43).
- Four-time Paralympic medalist Tatyana McFadden (Clarksville, Md.), a wheelchair racer, will compete against her younger sister Hannah, who is making her games debut.
Find out more about Team USA here.
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