Olympics Updates Rules for Tokyo: Daily Tests and Dining Alone

With many in Japan jittery over holding the world’s largest sports event in Tokyo amid a pandemic, organizers released new guidelines for those taking part.

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Nick Springer, Paralympic Gold Medalist, Dies at 35

A quadruple amputee, he was a relentless defender on the United States’ wheelchair rugby team, which won a gold medal at the 2008 Paralympics in Beijing.

#deaths-obituaries, #disabilities, #meningococcal-meningitis, #paralympic-games, #rugby, #springer-nick, #wheelchair-rugby

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Bibian Mentel, Champion Paralympic Snowboarder, Dies at 48

After losing part of a leg to cancer, she dominated the sport for nearly two decades, winning three Paralympic gold medals.

#deaths-obituaries, #disabilities, #mentel-bibian-1972-2021, #netherlands, #paralympic-games, #snowboarding

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With Use of Only One Arm, a Snowboarder Speeds to Success

Kiana Clay, who lost use of her dominant arm in an accident, is a fast-rising star who is pushing for inclusion in the 2022 Paralympics.

#burton-snowboards, #colorado, #disabilities, #kiana-clay, #paralympic-games, #snowboarding

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U.S. Will Not Punish Olympic Athletes for Peaceful Protests

Breaking from International Olympic Committee guidelines, the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee announced it would not penalize athletes who participate in demonstrations.

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David Toole, Disabled Dancer With Grace in His Hands, Dies at 56

He learned to dance expressively long after his legs were amputated. A premier disabled performer on stages around the world, he opened the 2012 London Paralympics.

#dancing, #deaths-obituaries, #disabilities, #great-britain, #paralympic-games, #toole-david-1964-2020

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What These Athletes Learned From Their Pandemic Pauses

The coronavirus disrupted lives around the world and sent the gymnast Sunisa Lee, the swimmer Rudy Garcia-Tolson, the Seattle Storm’s Breanna Stewart and the Seattle Mariners’ Kyle Lewis on unexpected journeys.

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At the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Museum, All Athletes Are Equal

The new museum in Colorado Springs is based on the idea that a wheelchair basketball player trains just as hard as any other basketball player.

#architecture, #awards-decorations-and-honors, #colorado-springs-colo, #diller-scofidiorenfro, #disabilities, #museums, #olympic-games, #paralympic-games, #prostheses, #united-states-olympicparalympic-museum

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‘Rising Phoenix’ Review: Carrying the Paralympic Torch

This Netflix documentary about the Paralympic Games, which spotlights a series of its most inspiring athletes, could double as an ad for the event.

#bonhote-ian, #disabilities, #documentary-films-and-programs, #ettedgui-peter, #paralympic-games, #rising-phoenix-movie

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He Needed to Train. David Duchovny’s Pool Was Out There.

Rudy Garcia-Tolson’s attempt to make a fifth Paralympic swim team after three years of retirement was missing a crucial element — a pool where he could train. Enter Special Agent Mulder.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #duchovny-david, #garcia-tolson-rudy, #malibu-calif, #paralympic-games, #shutdowns-institutional, #swimming, #the-x-files-tv-program

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He Drove 3,000 Miles to Find a Pool and Ended Up in the Ocean

Rudy Garcia-Tolson is determined to make a fifth Paralympic team, even if he has to start at the bottom. Or on a surfboard.

#california, #coronavirus-reopenings, #garcia-tolson-rudy, #paralympic-games, #swimming

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A Para-Swimmer Is Using the Gap Year to Dominate Cycling

Roderick Sewell, a master of adjustments, had barely used a handcycle before last year. Now he’s hoping to become one of the few two-sport athletes in the Tokyo Games.

#cycling-road, #international-olympic-committee, #ironman-world-championship, #olympic-games-2020, #paralympic-games, #sewell-roderick-1992, #swimming

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Margaret Maughan, Medal-Winning Wheelchair Athlete, Dies at 91

Paralyzed from the waist down, she won gold in archery and swimming at the first Paralympic Games in 1960 and became an advocate of sports as therapy.

#archery, #deaths-obituaries, #disabilities, #guttman-ludwig, #maughan-margaret-1928-2020, #paralympic-games, #stoke-mandeville-games

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The Paralympics Got Postponed. A Retired Champion Got an Idea.

Rudy Garcia-Tolson competed in four Paralympics and thought he was ready to call it a career — until he realized that an extra year of training could enable his comeback.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #international-olympic-committee, #paralympic-games, #rudy-garcia-tolson, #running, #swimming

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