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A Trio Of Must-Watch Paralympic Events: Sept. 14

By Jamie MacDonald | Sept. 14, 2016, 1:21 a.m. (ET)

After another successful day of medals, one that included surpassing the 20 mark in gold medals, Team USA could further close the gap on its nearest competitor, Ukraine, in the medal lead in Rio today. If you’re looking for the “what to watch from Rio,” this is the place for the next five days. The action can be viewed live on TeamUSA.org and broadcast on NBC and NBCSN. Click here for a full viewing schedule.

Wednesday, Sept. 14


A surprise Rio archery standout, having only arrived on the competition scene a few months ago, Team USA’s Kevin Polish has perhaps his biggest stage yet today. After fishing second in the men's individual compound open ranking round and performing well in the mixed team compound event, Polish is back today with the men's individual compound open event Round of 32 (matches begin at 8 a.m.; Polish’s match is set for 11:30 a.m.). Two other United States archers look to advance, too, in Andre Shelby (8:15 a.m.) and Matt Stutzman (9 a.m.). Stutzman, a 2012 Paralympic Games silver medalist, had finished in fourth during the ranking round, and only a point behind Polish, while Shelby finished 12th.


Winding their way through a scenic course will be the road cycling athletes, who are at it all day long and chasing a total of 18 gold medals. The United States has multiple medal chances today, particularly among the handcyclists, including Tom Davis and Will Groulx — both of whom will be busy in Rio. Davis, who’s underway with a chance to win gold in this morning’s men's time trial H4 (8:31 a.m.), will also race in the men's road race H4 on Thursday and mixed team relay H2-5 on Friday. Three-time wheelchair rugby medalist Groulx’s morning has a slightly later start with his medal opportunity in the men's time trial H2 (9:18 a.m.), followed by Thursday’s men's road race H2 and Friday’s cycling road mixed team relay H2-5.


Team USA’s women will be up early on Wednesday, too, ready to take on the Lagoa Stadium sprint course in a heats-semifinals-final schedule that also marks the sport's Paralympic debut. For Ann Yoshida, that means the women's KL1 Heat 1 (8 a.m.). For the remarkable five-time Paralympian Alana Nichols, who became the first American woman to win gold at the summer and winter Paralympic Games, her women's KL2 Heat 1 begins 20 minutes later (8:20 a.m.). Team USA’s third athlete in the field, Kelly Allen’s Paralympic dreams are realized in the women's KL3 Heat 1 (8:40 a.m). The semis will take place about an hour later (KL1: 10:15 a.m., KL2: 10:29 a.m., KL3: 10:43 a.m.), with the finals to come on Thursday.

Broadcast Schedule

On TV:

NBCSN    1-5 a.m.           Swimming, Track and Field, Wheelchair Basketball quarterfinals 
NBCSN  2-5 p.m. Track and Field, Wheelchair Rugby, Wheelchair Basketball quarterfinals
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., 4:20-7:30 p.m.
 8:50 a.m.-12:00 p.m., 4:20-7:30 p.m.
 8:50 a.m.-12:00 p.m., 4:20-7:30 p.m.
 8:25-11:00 a.m., 4:25-8:30 p.m.
Wheelchair Fencing
 7:55-11:30 a.m., 12:55-5:30 p.m.
Table Tennis
 8:55 a.m.-1:30 p.m., 3:25-8:00 p.m.
 8:55-10:30 a.m., 11:55 a.m.-1:30 p.m., 2:55-4:30 p.m.
Wheelchair Tennis
 10:55 a.m.-9:00 p.m.
Soccer 7-a-side
 8:50-10:15 a.m., 12:50-4:30 p.m., 5:50-7:15 p.m.
Wheelchair Basketball      8:20 a.m.-12:30 p.m., 2:05-6:15 p.m., 7:50-9:45 p.m.
Wheelchair Rugby  9:20 a.m.-1:15 p.m., 2:50-4:30 p.m., 6:05-7:45 p.m.
Highlight Show  9:00-9:05 p.m., 3:00-4:00 p.m., 10:00-11:00 p.m.