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Tokyo Paralympians Win 16 Medals in Visually Impaired Categories

At the recently-concluded Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games, Team USA competed in a total of 241 events across 19 sport disciplines. The U.S. won a total of 37 gold, 36 silver and 31 bronze medals, and 129 athletes came home with hardware. This year's team consisted of 242 athletes, including 37 with visual impairments and six guides. In sports and categories for athletes with visual impairments, Team USA captured 16 medals, including four gold, seven silver and five bronze. Gold medalists were triathlete Brad Snyder (St. Petersburg, Fla.), swimmers Anastasia Pagonis (Long Island, N.Y.) and Gia Pergolini (Atlanta, Ga.), and track athlete Noah Malone (Fishers, Ind.). Silver medals were…  Read More

USA WOMEN’S GOALBALL CLAIMS SILVER MEDAL AT TOKYO PARALYMPICS; MEN FINISH FOURTH

USA Men’s Goalball finishes fourth TOKYO, Japan (September 3, 2021) – Defending gold medalist Turkey proved too much to handle for the short-handed U.S. women’s goalball team in Friday’s final of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games at Makuhari Messe Hall C. The tournament’s leading goal scorer, Turkey’s Sevda Altunoluk, scored six of her nine goals in the first eight minutes as Turkey built an insurmountable lead and never looked back in the 9-2 victory. The silver medal marks the 12th Paralympic medal in USA Goalball history and the seventh won by the women’s team. The U.S. handed Turkey its only…  Read More

USA WOMEN HEAD TO GOALBALL GOLD MEDAL MATCH WITH THRILLING VICTORY OVER BRAZIL IN EXTRA THROWS

USA Men’s Goalball to play for bronze on Friday TOKYO, Japan (September 2, 2021) – For the third straight game, the USA women’s goalball team rallied from behind to seize victory at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games. In Thursday’s semifinal match against Brazil, they did it in the most dramatic fashion yet…pulling out the win on the sixth and final round of extra throws at Makuhari Messe Hall C to earn a spot in the coveted gold medal final on Friday against defending Paralympic champion Turkey. After defeating Brazil by a 6-4 margin on the opening day of competition back…  Read More

BIRTHDAY GIRL ELIANA MASON LEADS USA WOMEN’S GOALBALL INTO SEMIFINALS OF TOKYO PARALYMPICS

Mason scores three goals in 5-3 win over Russian Paralympic Committee TOKYO, Japan (September 1, 2021) – The never-say-die USA Goalball Teams continued their streak of come-from-behind wins on Wednesday at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games. This time it was the U.S. women’s team rallying from a 3-2 halftime deficit to defeat the Russian Paralympic Committee, 5-3, in a quarterfinal match at Makuhari Messe Hall C. The victory puts the U.S. into tomorrow’s seminal against Brazil and comes a day after the USA Men’s Goalball Team advanced to the semifinals after overcoming a 4-1 second-half deficit to best Ukraine in…  Read More

USA MEN’S GOALBALL ADVANCES TO PARALYMPIC GAMES SEMIFINALS WITH THRILLING OVERTIME WIN

U.S. to face China in Thursday’s semifinal round in Tokyo TOKYO, Japan (Aug. 31, 2021) – The USA Men’s Goalball Team advanced to the semifinal round of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games with a thrilling come-from-behind victory against Ukraine in sudden-death overtime Thursday at Makuhari Messe Hall C. First-time Paralympian Calahan Young (Irwin, Pa.) fired the opening shot of the overtime period between two Ukrainian defenders to give the Americans the 5-4 triumph. The U.S. will now face China in Thursday’s semifinal. “We never stop believing in each other,” said John Kusku (Commerce Township, Mich.). “There was never a thought…  Read More

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