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A Trio Of Must-Watch Paralympic Events: Sept. 12

By Jamie MacDonald | Sept. 12, 2016, 3:20 a.m. (ET)

Looking for a good reason to tune in early? Team USA has picked up some steam in the the medal race and now has 13 golds and 39 total medals. If you’re looking for the “what to watch from Rio,” this is the place for the next seven days. The action can be viewed live on TeamUSA.org and broadcast on NBC and NBCSN. Click here for a full viewing schedule.

Monday, Sept. 12


First up on today’s archery itinerary is the United States in the mixed team compound open 1/8 elimination (8 a.m.), featuring Kevin Polish and Samantha Tucker. Adding a bit of intrigue is the story of Polish — who on Saturday, only a few months into even competing on the Paralympic scene, finished a pleasantly surprising second in the men's individual compound’s open ranking round. Should Polish and Tucker advance, the bronze-medal match is set for 2:55 p.m., with gold on the line at 3:20 p.m.


Hello, world. Meet what may be Rio’s breakout star in Becca Meyers. Truth be told, her star has been on the rise for some time. In 2012, Meyers came home from the London Games with two medals, and in 2015 she won an ESPY. So far in Rio, she’s two-for-two in gold medals (200-meter individual medley SM13 and 100-meter butterfly S13) and today she, along with teammates Cailin Currie and McClain Hermes, swims an event in which she holds the world record. Heats in the women's 400-meter freestyle S13 take place in the morning (8:44 a.m., 8:42 a.m.), with the final set for the late afternoon (4:39 p.m.).

Sitting Volleyball

Later today, a showdown. China may be seeking a fourth consecutive gold medal, but the U.S. has bested its rival six times in 10 tries since 2014, including three times this calendar year — one of which meant winning gold at the World ParaVolley Intercontinental Cup in China. Team USA is 1-0 so far in Rio, having opened with a 3-0 win over Iran on Saturday, while China also enters the Pool B matchup undefeated in the highly anticipated meetings (5:30 p.m.). The U.S. squad is led by four-time Paralympian Lora Webster and captain Heather Erickson, a three-time Paralympian.

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., 4:20-7:30 p.m.
 8:25-11:00 a.m., 4:25-8:45 p.m.
Wheelchair Fencing  7:55-11:50 a.m., 12:55-4:00 p.m.
Table Tennis
 8:55 a.m.-1:00 p.m., 2:55-7:00 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.
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.-2:45 p.m., 4:05-10:30 p.m.
Wheelchair Basketball (Carioca Arena 1)
 7:50 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Highlight Show  9:00-9:05 a.m., 3:00-4:00 p.m., 10:00-11:00 p.m.