Thursday, Sept. 15

Podium Finishes:


The U.S. Paralympic Cycling Team returned to action today for the second day of the road cycling program and added one more gold medal to its tally in one of the more exciting races on the road. Picking up the victory for the Americans was four-time Paralympian and Navy veteran Will Groulx, who won gold in the H2 road race in a time of 1:15.23. MORE.


Brad Snyder set a world record in the men’s S11 100-meter freestyle to win gold and Sophia Herzog earned her first Paralympic Games medal with a silver in the women’s SB6 100 breaststroke. The women’s 4x100 34 pt. freestyle relay added another silver from McKenzie Coan, Lizzi Smith, Jessica Long and Michelle Konkoly. American swimmers now own 12 gold, 11 silver and seven bronze medals after the eighth day of competition. MORE.

Track & Field

It was another stars and stripes sweep on Thursday evening as the U.S. collected six medals, two gold, one silver and two bronze, on the eighth day of track & field competition at Olympic Stadium. MORE.

Other Results:


Following five days of Team and Individual tests, Paralympic equestrian team competition concluded Thursday afternoon at the Deodoro Equestrian Center. Rebecca Hart was first down centerline for the U.S. Team in the Grade II Individual test, scoring 67.714%. In the Grade Ia Individual test, individual competitor Roxanne Trunnell produced a score of 69.565%, while team representative, Margaret McIntosh, scored 66.217%. The U.S. finished 12th in team standings. MORE.

Men's Goalball
The U.S. beat Brazil 10-1 in the goalball semifinals, making history as the first U.S. Men's goalball team to make it to the final at the Paralympic Games in 28 years. Tomorrow, Team USA will play for gold in the finals at 8 p.m. BRT. MORE.

Women's Goalball

The women’s goalball team lost to Turkey tonight, and will now play for bronze against host country Brazil tomorrow. Turkey scored on Team USA in the first minute of tonight’s competition and continued to break past their defense a total of five times before the end of the first half. Asya Miller was able to get one pitch past Turkey’s right wing but that would be the only goal Team USA would score against Turkey in this semifinal game. Altunoluk and her teammate, Seda Yildiz, scored another 5 goals in the second half, ending the game in a mercy with 4:37 left in the game. MORE.

The improved weather conditions at the Lagoa Stadium set the stage for fast times and tight racing in the paracanoe finals. Five-time Paralympian Alana Nichols finished 7th overall with a time of 1:00.315, 7.027 seconds behind winner Emma Wiggs (GBR). Kelly Allen made a hard charge in her first-ever paracanoe final to finish 8th overall with a time of 54.72 seconds, 2.619 out of the medals. MORE.

Day 4 of competition brought a second consecutive day of ideal weather conditions, and Team USA capitalized with a competitive performance in all three classes. Rick Doerr, Brad Kendell and Hugh Freund entered the day in second overall, and successfully defended their position with a 7, 2 scoreline on Thursday. Ryan Porteous and Maureen McKinnon finished 6th in the first race, before notching a strong 3rd place in the next race. Dee Smith's scoreline of 4, 5, 7,  has him sitting in 4th overall after eight races, and eight points shy of 3rd overall. MORE.

Sitting Volleyball

The U.S. Women’s Sitting Volleyball Team will play for history on Saturday in the 2016 Paralympic Games gold medal final after defeating host-nation Brazil 25-13, 28-26, 25-18 Thursday night. MORE.

Men's Wheelchair Basketball

The U.S. Men’s Wheelchair Basketball Team is returning to the gold-medal final at the Rio Paralympic Games for the first time in 28 years, after knocking over a strong Turkish team, 74-54. Team USA was challenge to start the game, and then went on a roll outscoring Turkey 52-35 over the last three quarters. MORE.

Women's Wheelchair Basketball

It started as a gritty Paralympic Games women’s semifinal matchup between the United States and Great Britain in the first half as the teams had nine ties and the crowd witnessed five lead changes. The second half belonged to the United States as they pulled away from the Brits, 89-78, for a return to the gold-medal game on Friday, Sept. 16 in the Rio Olympic Arena at 4:30 p.m. ET. MORE.

Wheelchair Rugby
Fueled by their 51-42 opening win over France, Team USA came out strong on the court for day two of the Wheelchair Rugby Competition at the 2016 Paralympic Games with a commanding 54-44 win over Sweden. MORE.

Wheelchair Fencing

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Wheelchair Fencing

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