Latest Paralympic Games News

Space diversity: Europe's space agency gets 1st parastronaut

Nov. 23, 2022 16:14 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — The European Space Agency made history Wednesday by selecting an amputee who lost his leg in a motorcycle accident to be among its newest batch of astronauts — a leap toward its pioneering ambition to send someone with a physical disability into space. John McFall, a...

Column: Izzy's long run as worst Olympic mascot is over

Nov. 15, 2022 18:25 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Hey, Izzy, we've got some good news. Your 26-year reign as the worst Olympic mascot is over. The much-despised, often-ridiculed, computer-generated blob from the 1996 Atlanta Games has been toppled as the G.O.A.T. (Grossest Of All Time) by a ... well,...

Paris 2024 Olympics, Paralympics mascot is a smiling hat

Nov. 14, 2022 09:21 AM EST

PARIS (AP) — The mascots for the 2024 Paris Olympics and Paralympics have been revealed — a Phrygian cap. The soft red cap, also known as a liberty cap, is an updated version of a conical hat worn in antiquity in places such as Persia, the Balkans, Thrace, Dacia and Phrygia, a...

The 2024 Paralympics in Paris won't open in stadium

Oct. 20, 2022 09:24 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — The world's best Paralympic athletes, parading down France’s most famous boulevard with their prosthetic limbs, mobility chairs and stories of adversity, heading to a grand celebration of their prowess and sports on the Paris square where the French Revolutionaries of 1789 chopped...

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 committee visits sites for 2028 Olympics in Los Angeles

Sep. 15, 2022 18:49 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The International Olympic Committee’s coordination commission made its first in-person visit to Los Angeles this week to inspect proposed venues for the 2028 Games. After being kept away because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the group met with local organizing...

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,...