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100 Things To Look Forward To At The Rio Paralympics

By Katie Branham & Joe Clarke | May 30, 2016, 9:02 a.m. (ET)

The Rio 2016 Paralympic Games start September 7 and run through September 18.


In honor of 100 days until the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, check out our list of 100 things to look forward to when Team USA heads down to Rio!

100. The debut of paratriathlon.


99. The debut of paracanoe.


98. New archery events. With the addition of the mixed team events, Team USA could earn more medals.
 

97-91. The seven medals Tatyana McFadden hopes to win in track and field. 

90. The U.S. Paralympic Cycling Team was the top ranked team in the world in 2015 and looks to stay on top in Rio. 

89. Coach Joaquim Cruz leading Team USA in his native country. 

88. Women's sitting volleyball rematch with China after winning the World ParaVolley Intercontinental Cup. 

87. Could Lex Gillette break his streak of three straight silver medals in the long jump at the Paralympic Games? 

86. Alana Nichols could become the first U.S. athlete to win a gold medal in three different sports.
 

85. Following the Instagram adventures of Brad Snyder's guide dog @GizzyTheDogUSA. 

84. The rivalry between Richard Browne and Jarryd Wallace could result in the fastest T44 100m ever. 

83. The women's goalball team enters Rio as the reigning world champions and will be looking for redemption after finishing sixth in London.
 

82. Christella Garcia looks to become the first U.S. woman to medal in Judo since 2004. 

81. Curler turned rower Jacqui Kapinowski will make her second Paralympic Games appearance after having competed in the Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Winter Games. 

80. The men's goalball team will enter Rio with more hours of training together than ever before thanks to the creation of the U.S. Men's Goalball Resident Program.
 

79. Wheelchair racer Chelsea McClammer returns the Paralympics games, her first since 2008.
 

78.The U.S. Para-Equestrian team hopes to take its first medal, individual or team, since 2004. 

77. The men's soccer team looks for its first medal since the New York / Stoke Mandeville 1984 Paralympic Games.
 

75. Sailor and physician/plastic surgeon Rick Doerr makes his return to the Paralympic Games. Doerr was a member of the mixed three-person Sonar team in 2008.
 

74-71. Four straight medals that the U.S. Women's Sitting Volleyball team could win.
 

70. The U.S. has the top-three women in the world in the paratriathlon PT2 class, including Hailey Danisewicz who was the first U.S. athlete to qualify for paratriathlon in Rio. 

69. Wheelchair fencing hopes for its first medal since the Athens 2004 Paralympic Games.
 

68-61. The eighth time that Allison Jones could represent Team USA at the Paralympic Games. 

60. Sailor Dee Smith will compete in his first Paralympic Games after competing internationally for more than 35 years.
 

59. Aaron Pike returns to the track after hitting the snow in Sochi. Pike made his Paralympic Games debut in London. 

58. Paratriathlete Krige Schabort is a two-time Paralympic medalist in the marathon. Schabort will look to add his name to the history books as the sport debuts in Rio.
 

57. Judoka Myles Porter enters Rio looking to improve on his silver-medal performance in the men's up to 100 kg weight class at the London 2012 Paralympic Games.
 

56. Tahl Leibovitz will make his fifth Paralympic Games appearance in table tennis, searching for his first singles medal since winning bronze at the Athens 2004 Paralympic Games. 

55. Three-time Paralympian Austin Hanson hopes to make his fourth team in boccia. 

54. Ahmed Shafik will be competing in his second Paralympic Games in the sport of powerlifting.
 
 

53-51. The three Paralympic sports Oksana Masters could medal in if she qualifies in cycling. 

50. Will Groulx is a three-time Paralympic medalist in wheelchair rugby, but he will look to make his first team in cycling after transitioning to the sport in 2013.
 

49. Oz Sanchez looks to return to the top of the podium after taking bronze in London, having won gold in Beijing.
 
 

48. Rower Blake Haxton looks to shine in his first Paralympic Games. The law student had both legs amputated due to necrotizing fasciitis in 2009.
 

47. Athlete selfies in front of Sugarloaf Mountain! 

46. Track and field athlete Josh George enters the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games looking for his first marathon medal, while hoping to add to his five Paralympic Games medals. 

45-41. The five first-time Paralympians competing in shooting. 

40. Sydney Collier will look to carry the memory of her mentor and late Paralympian equestrian rider Jonathan Wentz as she competes with a bracelet that says "Jonathan rides on". 

39. Visiting the Christ the Redeemer statue! 

38. Dartanyon Crockett entered London as a relative unknown. Now as the reigning world champion, he'll look to win his first Paralympic gold medal in Rio.
 

37. The men's and women's sitting volleyball teams have both qualified for the first time since 2004. 

36. Gail Gaeng will make her Paralympic Games debut in wheelchair basketball after a stellar career at the University of Illinois. 

 

35. The U.S. Paralympic shooting team will more than double from two athletes in London to five in Rio. 

 

34-31. The four straight gold medals David Wagner and Nick Taylor could win in wheelchair tennis doubles. 

20. Christina Schwab's return to wheelchair basketball after having participated in track in 2012. Schwab played wheelchair basketball for Team USA in 2000, 2004 and 2008.  

19. World-record holder Matt Stutzman aims for his first gold in archery.
 

18-11. All eight team sports have qualified for the first time since 2004.
 

10. Seventeen-time Paralympic medalists Jessica Long hopes to add to her total in what would be her fourth Paralympic Games. 

9. Watching Team USA athletes compete in BMW designed Racing Wheelchairs. 

8. Following U.S. Paralympics on Facebook, twitter, Instagram and USParalympics.org for all up-to-date information and engagement opportunities.
 

7. Team USA looks to finish on top of the overall medal count for the first time since the Atlanta 1996 Paralympic Games.
 

4. The National Anthem being played for each U.S. gold medal winner. 

3. Largest projected field of athletes in Paralympic Games history. 

2. First Paralympic Games in South America. 

1. Sixty-six hours of coverage on NBC. 

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