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A Trio Of Must-Watch Paralympic Events: Sept. 9

By Jamie MacDonald | Sept. 09, 2016, 1:48 a.m. (ET)

After a first inspiring day, one during which Team USA earned eight medals, Paralympic action moves to the second day of competition. If you’re looking for the “what to watch from Rio,” this is the place for the next 10 days. The action can be viewed live on TeamUSA.org and broadcast on NBC and NBCSN. Click here for a full schedule.

Friday, Sept. 9

Sitting Volleyball

Sitting volleyball makes its Rio debut, and the U.S. men will be up early to play in the first time slot of men's preliminaries Pool A play. Team USA will face host Brazil this morning (9 a.m.). Five military veterans highlight the 12-man U.S. team, including James Stuck, who served in the Army’s 101st Airborne Division. Stuck lost his right leg in 2005 when his Humvee hit a roadside bomb in Kirkuk, Iraq. Teammate John Kremer served three tours in Iraq and lost his left leg in a land mine explosion in Afghanistan. Jese Schag and Josh Smith served in the Marine Corps, and Dan Regan served in the Army National Guard from 1994-2006. Regan was also named the Volleyball Male Sitting Athlete of the Year in 2011.


The resume of Jessica Long is almost difficult to believe. She’s a four-time Paralympian (2004, 2008, 2012, 2016) who, after a silver in the women's 400-meter freestyle S8 on Thursday in Rio, has now won 18 medals — 12 of which are gold. She’s competed in the 50-meter freestyle, 100-meter freestyle, 400-meter freestyle, 100-meter backstroke, 100-meter breaststroke, 100-meter butterfly and 200-meter IM. Originally from Siberia, she was adopted from a Russian orphanage when she was 13 months old and grew up in Baltimore, where she was involved in gymnastics, basketball, cheerleading, ice skating, biking, running and rock climbing. Today, though, the three-time ESPY winner (2007, 2012, 2013) is back in the pool. Along with teammates Mallory Weggemann and Brickelle Bro, Long will race for gold in an event where she holds the Paralympic record: the women's 100-meter butterfly (heats: 10:26 a.m., 10:30 a.m.; final: 7:22 p.m.).


Like sitting volleyball, rowing makes its Rio debut this morning with arms and shoulders women's single sculls (ASW1x), starring Jacqui Kapinowski, who competed for Team USA in wheelchair curling at the 2010 Winter Games. The final races of the day come in the legs, trunk and arms mixed coxed four (LTAMix4+), which will feature the U.S. team of Zachary Burns, Danielle Hansen, Jaclyn Smith, Dorian Weber and coxswain Jenny Sichel in Heat 2 (9:50 a.m.). Team USA’s LTAMix4+ boat earned silver at the 2015 worlds and will have gold on its radar.

Today's Broadcast Schedule

On TV:

NBCSN    2:30-6 p.m.   
Track and Field, Wheelchair Basketball, Track Cycling
NBCSN 7-9 p.m. Swimming, Track and Field

Live Stream:

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.
 8:25-10:45 a.m., 4:25-9:00 p.m.
Track Cycling
 8:55 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Table Tennis
 7:55 a.m.-1:30 p.m., 2:55-9:00 p.m.
 8:55-10:30 a.m., 11:55 a.m.-1:30 p.m., 2:55-4:30 p.m.
 8:55-11:30 a.m., 2:25-5:00 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.