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A Trio Of Must-Watch Paralympic Events: Sept. 11

By Jamie MacDonald | Sept. 11, 2016, 1:39 a.m. (ET)

Team USA enjoyed its best medal day of the Rio Games on Saturday, having moved from 14 medals overall to 26, with more on the line this first Sunday of the Games. If you’re looking for the “what to watch from Rio,” this is the place for the next eight days. The action can be viewed live on TeamUSA.org and broadcast on NBC and NBCSN. Click here for a full viewing schedule.

Sunday, Sept. 11


After the United States men finished so very close to the podium on Saturday — two-time Paralympian Christopher Hammer and three-time Paralympian Mark Barr finished fourth in PT4 and PT2, respectively, while six-time Paralympian Krige Schabort finished fifth in PT1 — Team USA’s women may make a significant mark in their sport's debut.

Patricia Collins spent 25 years in the U.S. Army and has worked at the Pentagon, but she’ll be representing the United States in another capacity today. The 2012 PT4 world champion, along with 2016 world champion Grace Norman, who has also set world records in the women's T44 800-meter and 1,500-meter, get things going with the event’s first wave this morning, the women's PT4 (9 a.m.).

Collins and Norman will be followed by a Team USA trio with a chance to sweep the podium in the PT2 field (9:03 a.m). Allysa Seely, an ESPN The Magazine 2016 Body Issue subject and two-time world champion (2015, 2016), three-time world champion (2010, 2011, 2013) Melissa Stockwell and Hailey Danisewicz, the 2013 world champion, take center stage. Regardless of how she finishes, Stockwell, who became the first female American soldier in history to lose a limb in active combat when she lost her left leg to a roadside bomb in Iraq in 2004, will make headlines for competing on the memorable date of Sept. 11.

PT5 athletes take to the water about 90 minutes later (10:35 a.m.), when 2016 world paratriathlon event champion Elizabeth Baker (with guide Jillian Petersen) and five-time world paratriathlon event champion Patricia Walsh (with fellow Texan and guide Jessica Jones Meyers) will aim for the medal stand.


For a guy born and raised in Columbus, who went to high school pretty much in the shadows of The Horseshoe and wound up earning not one, but two degrees from The Ohio State University in Columbus (including a law degree this past May), Blake Haxton is certainly going places with his rowing. But it hadn’t always been a guarantee for the men’s arms and shoulders single sculls rower.

Once a standout able-bodied rower at Upper Arlington High School, his dreams of rowing in college were sidetracked in 2009 when both his legs were amputated because of flesh-eating disease. After more than a month in a coma and more than 20 surgeries, he beat the odds of survival. Now three years into his international rowing career, he’s considered among the best in the world. This morning, after finishing second in Saturday’s repechage, the Paralympic Trials winner will be on the world stage racing in the ASM1x final (9:10 a.m.).

Team USA will also compete in the final rowing race of the Games, with Jaclyn Smith, Danielle Hansen, Zachary Burns, Dorian Weber and Jennifer Sichel racing in Lane 3 of the LTAMix4+ final (9:50 a.m.).

Track And Field

Simply put, David Brown is the fastest the totally blind athlete in the world. In 2014, he became the first totally blind athlete to go under 11 seconds in the 100-meter when he ran it in 10.92. On Saturday, he ran 11.35 in his morning heat and lowered that to 11.04, which sets him up as the top seed heading into the men's 100-meter T11 final (6:02 p.m.).

Broadcast Schedule

On TV:

NBCSN    7-9 p.m.     Swimming, Track and Field, Wheelchair Basketball

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., 4:25-8:30 p.m.
Track Cycling
 8:55 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Table Tennis
 8:25 a.m.-1:45 p.m., 3:25-8:30 p.m.
 8:55-10:30 a.m., 11:55 a.m.-1:30 p.m., 2:55-4:30 p.m.
Wheelchair Tennis  9:55 a.m.-4:00 p.m., 5:25-9:00 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.