Latest Disability sports News

Paris taps French stage director Jolly for Olympic opening

Sep. 21, 2022 10:43 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Paris Olympic organizers appointed prize-winning French theater director Thomas Jolly on Wednesday to direct the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2024 Games and the Paralympics. As artistic director, the 40-year-old Jolly will be tasked with bringing to life...

IOC president Bach discusses 'challenges' for 2026 Games

Sep. 16, 2022 11:04 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — Costly construction delays, a leadership vacancy linked to a volatile political climate and a lack of sponsors amid a spreading financial crisis has prompted International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach to acknowledge the “challenges” facing organizers of the 2026 Winter...

Horse trainer, wheelchair athlete to attend royal funeral

Sep. 13, 2022 07:02 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese said on Tuesday his official delegation to Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral next week will include racehorse trainer Chris Waller and wheelchair tennis star Dylan Alcott. Waller and Alcott are among 10 “everyday...

Wheelchair lacrosse athletes push sport with Colorado roots

Sep. 10, 2022 10:11 AM EDT

DENVER (AP) — The sun is burning on a Sunday morning at Wheel Park in Aurora. The Colorado Rolling Mammoth wheelchair lacrosse team have unloaded their equipment and are strapping in for another intense practice in one of the facility’s roller hockey rinks. The athletes roll onto...

Miller, Lamoureux twins elected to US Hockey Hall of Fame

Sep. 08, 2022 17:52 PM EDT

Longtime NHL goaltender Ryan Miller and Olympic gold medal-winning women’s hockey stars Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson and Monique Lamoureux-Morando headline the 2022 class of the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame unveiled Thursday. Three-time Paralympic gold medal-winning sled hockey goalie...

Women's sled hockey hoping for more teams, Paralympic status

Sep. 05, 2022 15:27 PM EDT

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Sarah Bettencourt was training to become a U.S. Marine Corps helicopter pilot when a neurological disorder forced her to retire. She’s found a new mission in an entirely different arena. Bettencourt, who played hockey in high school,...

Table tennis CEO Virginia Sung gets board spot on USOPC

Aug. 10, 2022 22:38 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — USA Table Tennis CEO Virginia Sung won an election to serve on the board of the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee on Wednesday. She will take over a spot held by former Duke athletic director Kevin White. Sung won in a race that came down to her and Max Siegel,...

Camp’s reopening helps families, campers with disabilities

Aug. 06, 2022 09:08 AM EDT

SABILLASVILLE, Md. (AP) — In the depths of Catoctin Mountain Park, a mile from Camp David, 19-year-old Melita Bell was overwhelmed. She had been working at Camp Greentop, a summer camp for people with disabilities, for just a week and didn’t think she could keep going. “I was...

USOPC chooses triathlon exec Rocky Harris as sports leader

Aug. 02, 2022 13:02 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — The U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee hired USA Triathlon and onetime Arizona State athletics executive Rocky Harris on Tuesday to head its sports performance department. As chief of sport and athlete services, Harris will have a sprawling network to oversee —...

Los Angeles Olympics to begin July 14, 2028

Jul. 18, 2022 19:19 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The 2028 Los Angeles Olympics kicked off a six-year countdown on Monday with the announcement of the dates for the Games’ return to the city. The opening ceremony will be July 14. Competition will run through July 30. The Paralympic Games will be Aug. 15-27. ...