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Rematch of Rio 2016 bronze medal game once again goes in U.S. favor TOKYO, Japan (Aug. 25, 2021) – Picking right up where they left off five years ago, the USA Women’s Goalball Team opened the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games with a 6-4 victory over Brazil. The game was a rematch of the bronze-medal contest at the Rio 2016 Paralympics, where the American squad also prevailed, 3-2. Five of the six members of the U.S. team in Tokyo were part of that bronze-medal winning Rio squad, so the familiarity with their opponent was instrumental. “It’s to our advantage to have…  Read More

Goalball Gametime with John Kusku

John Kusku was a member of the silver-medal-winning U.S. Men's Goalball Team at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games and is headed to Tokyo to represent Team USA once again. By day, he is a high school math and physics teacher with a background in music. Find out more about John in this Q&A: Q: How did you initially get involved in goalball? A: I have a degenerative hereditary eye disease called retinitis pigmentosa (RP). It causes me to have tunnel vision and night blindness. I was diagnosed with a vision problem at around six months old, and with RP at…  Read More

Goalball Gametime with Tyler Merren

Tyler Merren is the most experienced member of the U.S. Men's Goalball team competing in Tokyo. These Games will mark his fourth Paralympics and he has two medals in his collection...a bronze from 2004 and a silver from 2016. Tyler and his teammates will be gunning for that elusive gold medal in Tokyo. Find out more about this Western Michigan grad in this Q&A: Q: How were you exposed to goalball? A: My first game of goalball was in May of 1999 at a Michigan Sports Education Camp at Western Michigan University put on by Dr. Paul and Sue Ponchillia.…  Read More

Visionary Sponsorship: Hyperice Partners with Blind Athletes

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jsxw6DYc2Mo Colorado Springs, Colo. (August 4, 2021) -- The United States Association of Blind Athletes (USABA) announced today that Hyperice, the industry leader in recovery technology and pioneer of percussion, vibration, dynamic air compression and thermal technology, has officially signed a two-year sponsorship deal as the Official Recovery Technology Partner of USA Goalball, the USA Blind Soccer Developmental Program and the USABA. With a full slate of international goalball competition and a blind soccer development camp scheduled over the coming weeks, the timing is ideal. “The commitment from a world-class brand like Hyperice to support our blind athletes’ recovery and…  Read More

Goalball Gametime with Marybai Huking

Former figure skater Marybai Huking is headed to her second straight Paralympic Games for goalball. This 2016 Paralympic bronze medalist was adopted from China at a young age and enjoys creating artwork and spending time outdoors. Find out more about this Paralympian from Salt Lake City in this Q&A: Q: How did you initially get involved in goalball? A: I was introduced to the sport in sixth grade. I actually wasn't very drawn to the game itself but was excited to meet so many role models in the older girls with visual impairments that I got to play with. I…  Read More

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