Rio 2016: – Who to Watch
The 2016 Paralympic Games will take place from September 7 – 18 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. It is being called, “A once-in-a-lifetime experience to witness unimaginable athletic performances.” The 2016 Games are set to be the biggest yet with more than 4,300 athletes competing in 22 sports.
As part of the global media coverage reaching billions of views in more than hundred countries, NBC and NBCSN will show 66 hours of amazing Paralympic events. This represents an increase of 60.5 hours from the coverage of the London 2012 Paralympic Games, and more interest by viewers around the world than ever.
Largest Paralympics in History
Rio will host the largest ever Paralympic Games, with athletes from over 170 countries competing in more than 20 sports ranging from archery and judo to sitting volleyball and wheelchair fencing.
Athletes to Watch
With such a large roster of athletes looking to make their mark on the world, there are sure to be clear stand-outs as well as some surprises. Here are some of the most notable athletes representing the USA at the 2016 Paralympic Games:
ARCHERY: Matt Stutzman (USA) – The “Armless Archer” won silver at London 2012 in the men’s individual compound open. In December 2015 he hit a target from 310 yards, breaking a record.
GOALBALL: Amanda Dennis (USA) – Described as an all-around performer, Dennis contributed on both defense and offense at the 2014 World Championships, where the USA won gold.
JUDO: Dartanyon Crockett (USA) – Wrestler turned judoka Dartanyon Crockett captured the world’s attention when he starred on ESPN’s Outside the Lines program. At London 2012 he won bronze in the men’s up to 90 kg and in 2014 captured the world title.
SHOOTING: McKenna Dahl (USA) – In 2014, Dahl secured a Rio 2016 quota place for the USA at the World Championships and in 2015 competed at three World Cups.
SWIMMING: Bradley Snyder (USA) – After winning gold at London 2012 in the 400m freestyle S11, Snyder’s 2015 World Championships debut and a gold medal sweep in the 50m, 100m and 400m freestyle S11.
SITTING VOLLEYBALL: Katie Holloway (USA) – Two-time Paralympic silver medallist, Holloway will be aiming for gold at Rio 2016, her third Paralympic Games. She was named USA Volleyball’s Female Athlete of the Year in 2011 and 2012.
TRIATHALON: Hailey Danisewicz (USA) – This athlete has won many world paratriathlon events in recent years. She took up the sport in 2011 and won a silver medal at the 2015 World Championships.
WHEELCHAIR BASKETBALL: Steve Serio (USA) – The 3.5-class forward has a reputation as a winner and is one of the world’s purest shooters from distance. He won bronze at London 2012 and silver at the 2014 World Championships.
WHEELCHAIR TENNIS: David Wagner (USA) – Rio 2016 will be Wagner’s fourth Paralympic Games having made his debut in Athens in 2004. He won three previous gold medals.
We look forward to seeing all of the athletes compete, and fulfill what is a lifelong dream for so many people around the world. Do you want to learn how to qualify, train, and compete?