Latest Paralympic Games News

USOPC: American hopefuls for Beijing Games must have vaccine

Sep. 22, 2021 19:05 PM EDT

U.S. athletes trying to make the Winter Olympics will have to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 under a groundbreaking new policy announced Wednesday by the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee. CEO Sarah Hirshland wrote in a letter obtained by The Associated Press that,...

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...

Alcott, de Groot complete Golden Slams in US Open wheelchair

Sep. 12, 2021 19:54 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Nobody had ever won a Golden Slam in wheelchair tennis until Sunday, when it happened twice. And Dylan Alcott had never celebrated quite the way he did after his victory. Alcott and Diede de Groot both won U.S. Open titles, adding...

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...

Going for Gold: Wheelchair stars can make history at US Open

Sep. 08, 2021 17:41 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Dylan Alcott and Diede de Groot have a chance at tennis history Novak Djokovic can no longer make. Unlike Djokovic, the wheelchair stars both won gold medals in Tokyo. Having already won the three major titles this year on the tennis tour, they arrived...

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...

Dutch on course again in wheelchair tennis at Paralympics

Sep. 03, 2021 12:40 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The Netherlands is showing its dominance again in wheelchair tennis at the Paralympics, having excelled in the sport since Esther Vergeer dominated the game. She retired in 2013 with seven Paralympic titles and a winning streak of 470 matches. ...

Afghan athlete Zakia Khudadadi gets her chance in taekwondo

Sep. 02, 2021 05:47 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Afghan athlete Zakia Khudadadi got her chance to compete in the Tokyo Paralympics on Thursday. Khudadadi, one to two Afghans participating in the Paralympics, lost her first-round match in taekwondo in the 44-49-kilogram weight class to Ziyodakhon Isakova...

American Lora Webster: 5 months pregnant and after 5th medal

Sep. 02, 2021 03:43 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The volleyball phrase “bump, set, spike” has a special ring for American Lora Webster. She's a sitting volleyball player at the Tokyo Paralympics, and for her the “bump” refers to something entirely different. She's five months...