Latest Summer Paralympic Games News

Paralympic Games wheelchair tennis champ Nick Taylor retires

Nov. 08, 2021 16:37 PM EST

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Three-time Paralympic wheelchair tennis champion medalist Nick Taylor has announced his retirement. Taylor, an American who turns 42 this week, won 11 Grand Slam doubles titles with David Wagner — seven at the U.S. Open and four at the Australian...

Tokyo Paralympic champ heads new Boston Marathon division

Oct. 09, 2021 15:56 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — When Misato Michishita won the Paralympic marathon in Tokyo this summer, she picked up more than a gold medal. The visually impaired Japanese office worker became a must-get for organizers of Monday’s Boston Marathon, where she will headline one of three...

EU chief turns to Paralympian Vio to inspire Europe's youth

Sep. 15, 2021 09:43 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — When European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen was at a loss for words Wednesday to capture the soul of the European Union and its future, Bebe Vio was there to help the EU's top official at the end of her State of the Union address. Sitting...

From battlefield to Tokyo: Combat vets vie at Paralympics

Sep. 11, 2021 10:25 AM EDT

FREMONT, Ind. (AP) — The bald, broad-shouldered cyclist has spent years remembering a nighttime road in a faraway city. He can still describe the city’s narrow streets and crushing heat. He talks about the dead end that forced his convoy turn around. And the...

Photographer, his leg lost, seeks answers from Paralympians

Sep. 07, 2021 14:23 PM EDT

When I last saw Freddie de los Santos, his mouth was ravaged -- his teeth had been blown away by the same blast that took his leg. And yet, he always smiled. The year was 2009. We were both being treated at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center; I too had lost a...

Paralympic closing marks end of Tokyo's 8-year Olympic saga

Sep. 05, 2021 08:56 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The final act of the delayed Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics came Sunday, almost eight years to the day after the Japanese capital was awarded the Games. The Paralympics ended a 13-day run in a colorful, circus-like ceremony at the National Stadium overseen...