Top Team USA Moments Off The Field in 2018

By Melissa Zhang | Dec. 27, 2018, 8 a.m. (ET)

From magazine covers and marriages to award shows and dance shows, U.S. Paralympians have had an exciting year off the field. Take a look back at some of the best moments off the field of play from 2018. 

Members of the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Team visited the White House in April following the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018.

Olympians and Paralympians visit the White House following the 2018 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games.

 

The 2018 Team USA Awards, presented by Dow, Best of the Games ceremony, was held in Washington, D.C. in April and recognized outstanding performances from American athletes, coaches and teams in eight categories.

The U.S. men's sled hockey team at the 2018 Team USA Awards, presented by Dow.

 

Sled hockey gold medalists Luke McDermott and Jack Wallace drop the ceremonial first puck at Madison Square Garden prior to a New York Rangers game against the Buffalo Sabres in March.

Sled hockey athletes Luke McDermott and Jack Wallace at Madison Square Garden

 

Nordic skiers Jake Adicoff and six-time Paralympic medalist Dan Cnossen accompanied gold medalist hockey players Amanda Pelkey, Kacey Bellamy, Brianna Decker, and Meghan Duggan, silver medalist luge athlete Chris Mazdzer in throwing out the first pitch before the Red Sox home opening game at Fenway Park in April.

Paralympians throw out the first pitch at the Red Sox home opener.

 

Three-time Paralympic champion Jeremy Campbell threw out the first pitch at an Arizona Diamondbacks game in June ahead of the 2018 Desert Challenge Games.

Jeremy Campbell throwing out the first pitch at an Arizona Diamondbacks game.

 

Eight-time Paralympic medalist Oksana Masters became the second Paralympian ever honored as the Individual Sportswoman of the Year at the Women’s Sports Foundation’s 39th Annual Salute to Women in Sports ceremony in New York City in October.

 LaChina Robinson, Oksana Masters, Billie Jean King and Donna de Varona at the Women’s Sports Foundation’s 39th Annual Salute to Women in Sports ceremony.

 

Eight U.S. Paralympians were nominated for the 2018 ESPY Awards, with snowboarders Mike Schultz and Brenna Huckaby winning the categories Best Male Athlete with a Disability and Best Female Athlete with a Disability. The awards were held in July in Los Angeles, California. 

Mike Schultz at the 2018 ESPY Awards

 

Brenna Huckaby posing with her ESPY Award

 

Three-time Paralympic medalist Danelle Umstead made history as the first visually impaired contestant on the 27th season of “Dancing with the Stars” which began in September. Umstead competed with professional dance partner Artem Chigvintsev as Team Blind Faith before being eliminated on the second week of the show.

Danelle Umstead competing on "Dancing with the Stars"

 

Two-time Paralympic champion Brenna Huckaby became the first Paralympian to be featured on the cover of Parents Magazine with her daughter Lilah in the February edition.

Brenna Huckaby's cover on the February edition of Parents Magazine

 

 

Paralympian Amy Purdy rang the Closing Bell for the New York Stock Exchange in March following her two-medal performance at the Paralympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018.

Amy Purdy at the New York Stock Exchange

 

There were a number of engagements and marriages in 2018, including swimmer Jessica Long, snowboarders Brenna Huckaby and Mike Minor, cyclist Oz Sanchez and swimmer Elizabeth Marks.

 

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