Ready to be inspired all over again? On the morning after double amputee Paralympic snowboarding medalist Amy Purdy performed during the Opening Ceremony, the 2016 Paralympic Games are officially underway. If you’re looking for a highlight reel of what's to come, this is the place for the next 11 days. The action can be viewed live on TeamUSA.org and via broadcast on NBC and NBCSN. Click here for a full schedule and see below for today's broadcasts.
Thursday, Sept. 8
Men's Long Jump T11
Lex Gillette is the lone athlete representing Team USA in the men's long jump - T11, and not only is he expected to perform well, but the 31-year-old visually impaired track and field star is expected to contend for a medal. Gillette has earned silver medals at three consecutive Paralympic Games in the long jump (Athens, Beijing and London), and will seek his first Paralympic gold in Rio. He has also won a pair of long jump golds at the IPC Athletics World Championships, including in 2015 in Doha, Qatar. Gillette goes for gold this morning at 9:25 a.m. ET.
Men's Wheelchair Basketball
While the United States women’s wheelchair basketball team plays this morning (9 a.m.), Team USA’s men will have to wait until the afternoon. The men’s team, winners of the 2015 Parapan American Games, will be hoping to equal or better its bronze medal from the London Games, and they’ll face the challenge of taking on the host nation, Brazil, in the men’s Group B preliminary game at 2:15 p.m.
Team USA’s Allison Jones has arrived to her remarkable eighth Paralympic Games, dating back to 2002, as the Rio flag bearer has competed in both the summer and winter Games. This year, her Paralympic experience begins early, with the women's C1-2-3 3,000-meter individual pursuit qualification taking place at 9 a.m., along with first-time Paralympian Jamie Whitmore, who herself is a nine-time world championship gold medalist. The medal races will be held back-to-back as the first cycling medals of the Games: the women's C1-2-3 3,000-meter individual pursuit bronze-medal race (3:30 p.m.) precedes the women's C1-2-3 3,000-meter individual pursuit gold-medal race (3:37 p.m.).
U.S. Army veteran Shawn Morelli will be making her Paralympic debut this morning in the women's C4 3,000-meter individual pursuit qualification (9:42 a.m.). Also in the field is Team USA’s Megan Fisher. Each would be looking to advance to the afternoon medal races: the women's C4 3,000-meter individual pursuit bronze-medal race (3:46 p.m.), followed by the women's C4 3,000-meter individual pursuit gold-medal race (3:53 p.m.).
Three-time Paralympian and United States Military Academy alum Jennifer Schuble will look to add to her five Paralympic medals, and her day begins with the women's C5 3,000-meter individual pursuit qualification (10:19 a.m.). Should she advance, Schuble will hope to run in one of the two medal races. The women's C5 3,000-meter individual pursuit bronze-medal race (4:12 p.m.) will be followed by the women's C5 3,000-meter individual pursuit gold-medal race (4:19 p.m.).
|NBCSN||2:30-6 p.m.||Track and Field, Wheelchair Basketball, Track Cycling|
|NBCSN||7-9 p.m.||Swimming, Track and Field|
|Track and Field
Track and Field 2
Track and Field 3
| 8:50 a.m.-12:15 p.m., 4:20-7:45 p.m.
|Swimming||8:25-11:00 a.m., 4:25-9:00 p.m.|
|Track Cycling|| 3:25-5:20 p.m.
|Table Tennis|| 7:55 a.m.-1:30 p.m., 2:55-9:00 p.m.
|Powerlifting|| 11:55-1:30 p.m., 2:55-4:30 p.m.
|Judo|| 8:55-11:30 a.m., 2:25-5:00 p.m.
|Soccer 7-a-side|| 8:50-10:20 a.m., 12:50-4:30 p.m., 5:50-7:15 p.m.
|Wheelchair Basketball (Rio Olympic Arena)||8:20 a.m.-12:30 p.m., 2:05-6:15 p.m., 7:50-9:45 p.m.|
|Wheelchair Basketball (Carioca Arena 1)||8:50 a.m.-1:00 p.m., 2:35-6:45 p.m., 8:20-10:15 p.m.|
|Highlight Show|| 3:00-4:00 p.m., 10:00-11:00 p.m.