Come watch some of the top wheelchair athletes from Ohio compete on April 20th and 21st, at the SPIRE Institute in Geneva, OH. Sponsored in part by the Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) Buckeye Chapter, the 7th annual Buckeye Wheelchair Games will feature two days of competitions in several different events. MobilityWorks is proud to sponsor some of the athletes who will be competing.
The 2018 Paralympic Games from PyeongChang were filled with exciting moments, many of which were delivered by athletes representing Team USA. In total, athletes from the United States brought home 36 medals, 13 of which were gold. The United States jumped out to an early lead, and finished 12 medals ahead of second place “Neutral Paralympics Athletes”, which was made up of qualifying athletes from Russia.
One of the first events on the schedule was Alpine Skiing, which helped propel the US team to an early lead. Andrew Kurka won two medals, a gold in Men’s Downhill Sitting and a silver at the Super-G event. Tyler Walker added a silver medal in Slalom, and Laurie Stephens brought home the bronze in the Women’s Downhill.
With the start of the 2018 Winter Paralympics in PyeongChang today, here are some fun facts about the Winter Paralympic Games:
Every four years the sport of curling gains new attention during the Winter Olympic and Paralympic games. The sport is played on ice with two teams of four people sliding large polished granite stones towards a target. It is almost like a giant game of shuffleboard that can last up to ten rounds, or as they are called in curling “ends”. The United States team is seeking their first Paralympic Curling medal, and will be competing against 11 other countries.
The U.S. Paralympic Sled Hockey Team has medaled in four of the last five Paralympic games and on March 8th they will return to action in Pyeongchang, South Korea. The team is made up of 17 players from all over the United States who were introduced earlier this month during the outdoor NHL Winter Classic game featuring the Buffalo Sabres and New York Rangers. They will be led by returning captain Josh Pauls and alternate captains, Declan Farmer and Nikko Landeros. After winning a gold medal at the last Paralympic games, the United States team are favorites to win in 2018.