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Rio 2016

Rediscovering Your Stride: A Rio 2016 Paralympian’s Journey with LHON


By: Stephanie Ross, USABA Contributor Charles “Chaz” Davis, 24, was pursuing his collegiate running career at the University of Hartford when he began to unexpectedly lose his eyesight. At the age of 19, the Grafton, Mass.-native was diagnosed with Leber’s hereditary optic neuropathy (LHON), a rare mitochondrial disorder. “Every stage of grief was experienced by my whole family,” Chaz’s mother, Audrey Davis, said. “It’s hard to imagine the joys and heartaches of being a parent until you actually are one. My heart broke, but inside me I knew he was strong in spirit and I had faith he would overcome…  Read More

U.S. Men’s and Women’s Goalball Teams Announced for 2018 World Championships


U.S. Goalball Head Coaches have named the teams that will represent Team USA at the 2018 IBSA Goalball World Championships to be held in Malmö, Sweden June 3-8, 2018. The tournament will serve as Team USA’s first opportunity to qualify its men’s and women’s goalball teams for the 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games. In 2014, both U.S. Men and Women earned places on the podium (Women: 1st, Men: 3rd) to qualify to compete at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. In Rio, U.S. Men earned silver and U.S. Women earned bronze. Eight of the athletes who helped Team USA earn those medals…  Read More

Parents’ Support Leads to A Paralympic Dream Come True

With the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue looking down on them with arms outstretched, Jaclyn Smith and her boat mates stepped onto the deck prepared to row one of the biggest races of their athletic careers. At the sounds of the start signal, Smith and her boat mates worked to push past Great Britain and take the lead. The race was making her reflect on her humble beginnings as a rower, the hard work she and her teammates had put in the last four years to prepare, and the two people who had supported and encouraged her from day one…  Read More

U.S. Goalball Program Earns Paralympic Podium Finishes in Rio


U.S. Men’s and Women’s Goalball Teams Finish Paralympic Games on the podium for the first time in 12 years. RIO DE JANEIRO (September 22, 2016) – After nine days of competition at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, both U.S. Men’s and Women’s Goalball Teams had podium finishes. U.S. Men fought for silver while the U.S. Women earned a well-deserved bronze. The United States was the only nation to have both goalball teams medal at the 2016 Paralympic Games. The last time both U.S. Men’s and Women’s Goalball Teams made it to the podium at the Paralympic Games was 2004. In Athens, the women earned…  Read More

Rio 2016: U.S. Men’s Goalball Wins Silver in Rio

The U.S. Men’s Goalball team entered this tournament drawn in arguably the most difficult group of the tournament, full of medal contenders. At the end of the tournament, Team USA finishes the tournament with a silver medal, hopeful about the future. Emerging from the ‘group of death’ with a 2-2 record, U.S. Men survived a quarterfinals knockout round against Germany and beat host nation Brazil in the semifinals for a chance at gold in the finals against Lithuania, a team that boasts medal finishes in the last four Paralympic Games. It took Lithuania nearly 7 minutes into the first half but they broke through…  Read More

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