17 Most Popular Stories of 2017

By U.S. Paralympics | Dec. 31, 2017, 6:58 p.m. (ET)

Thomas Walsh and Mikaela Shiffrin's friendship were just one of the storylines that intrigued Team USA fans this year. Read more to find out the most-read 17 articles on the U.S. Paralympics website this year.

The year 2017 was filled with performances, moments and stories from Team USA that captured the attention of people and fans from all across the world. Before we ring in the new year, take a look back at which articles were viewed most on USParalympics.org:

17. Team USA Closes Track Cycling Worlds With Historic Team Sprint Gold - Jason Kimball, Joe Berenyi and Chris Murphy won the Team USA's first world title in the team sprint on the final day of competition at the 2017 UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships in Los Angeles.

16. From The Paper Route To The World Championships, Jason Macom Has Found A Home On A Bike - Just weeks after being named to the U.S. Paralympics Cycling National Team, 37-year-old Jason Macon made his world championship debut when he competed at the UCI Para-Cycling Track World Championships.

15. These Six Olympians Now Coach Paralympians - Six U.S. Olympians are now making their mark in the Paralympic Movement, coaching athletes across judo, rowing, snowboarding and track and field.

14. Team USA Sweep and World Record Highlights Second Day of World Para Athletics Championships - Highlighted by a 200-meter podium sweep by Tatyana McFadden, Cheri Madsen and Hannah McFadden, Team USA took home eight medals, including four golds, on the second day of the World Para Athletics Championships at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

13. Team USA Seminar Leads To Paralympian Ryan Boyle’s Reunion With Life-Saving Doctors - Boyle was at the Athlete Career Education Summit one month after winning a cycling silver medal in Rio where he met someone connected to a life-changing moment of his past. 

12. Scout Bassett Went From An Orphanage In China To The Paralympics And She's Not Done Yet - The 4-foot-9 amputee spent seven years in a government-run orphanage in China after being abandoned on the side of the road and made her first U.S. Paralympic Team in 2016.

11. U.S. Paralympics Names Team for 2017 World Para Powerlifting Championships - Ten athletes were chosen to represent Team USA at the 2017 World Para Powerlifting Championships in Mexico City from September 30 - October 6.

10. U.S. Team Named for 2017 UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships - Team USA included 16 athletes with two tandem pilots who competed at the 2017 UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships, March 2-5, in Los Angeles, California.

9. Arkansas Bound, Hunter Woodhall Becomes First Double-Amputee To Earn D1 Track Scholarship - Woodhall, who won Paralympic silver in the 200-meter and bronze in the 400 in Rio, became the first double-amputee to earn an NCAA Division I scholarship in track and field when he signed with Arkansas this summer.

8. Inspired By Prom Date Mikaela Shiffrin, Thomas Walsh Is Now Reaching His Own Potential - U.S. Paralympic hopeful Thomas Walsh hopes to follow the same path to PyeongChang as his childhood friend, Mikaela Shiffrin

7. Twenty U.S. Athletes To Compete In Inaugural Junior Track & Field World Championships - Team USA’s newest generation of talent competed in the inaugural 2017 World Para Athletics Junior Championships that took place August 3-6 in Nottwil, Switzerland

6. U.S. Paralympics Cycling Names 2017 Road World Championships Team - The team of 22 included 16 U.S. Paralympians and three returning road world champions at the 2017 UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, from August 31 - September 3.

5.. U.S. Paralympics Statement on Jason Turcotte's Passing - The Paralympic family sadly lost valued U.S. swim coach Jason Turcotte this year.

4. U.S. Paralympics Announces 2017 Track and Field High School All-Americans - Seventy-one athletes—37 boys and 34 girls—were named 2017 U.S. Paralympics Track & Field High School All-Americans by U.S. Paralympics, an award in its eighth year that recognizes the top performances in 2017 for high school athletes with Paralympic-eligible impairments.

3. U.S. Paralympics Swimming Names 2017 World Championships Team - Twenty-two U.S. athletes represented Team USA at the 2017 World Para Swimming Championships in Mexico City, from September 30 - October 6.

2. Team USA Named For 2017 World Para Athletics Championships In London - Team USA brought 50 athletes and three guides to the 2017 World Para Athletics Championships in London from July 14-23. 

1. Debunking 10 Common Myths About The Paralympics - USParalympics.org debunks 10 common myths in the United States about the Paralympic Movement, with insight from wheelchair rugby’s Chuck Aoki, cycling’s Jamie Whitmore and alpine skiing’s Danelle Umstead.