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Cody Carmicle, Goalball Alternate for Team USA This Summer, Dies of Cancer

by Chros McDougall, TeamUSA.org Dakota Ray Carmicle, better known to U.S. goalball teammates and fans as Cody Carmicle, died October 28, just weeks after serving as an alternate to Team USA at the Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020. He was 26. A native of Lafayette, Indiana, Carmicle discovered the sport for visually impaired athletes in high school and eventually became a resident athlete at the Goalball Center of Excellence at Turnstone in Fort Wayne, Indiana. However, he endured different health challenges throughout his life and ultimately lost his battle to a rare form of cancer. He is survived by his parents,…  Read More

USABA Building Blind Soccer Ahead of LA28

By Michael Lewis, TeamUSA.org Kevin Brown (l) and Antoine Craig take part in USABA's Blind Soccer Camp in Colorado Springs in August of 2021. Photo by Julie Larame. Jaime Garzon has dreams, some of them big ones. Not only does he want the United States to field a men’s blind soccer team for the 2028 Paralympic Games in Los Angeles, he also wants it to compete for a medal. There's one slight catch — the U.S. does not have a blind soccer team, at least not yet. But with the United States earning an automatic berth as host of the…  Read More

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

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