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06/17/2021

What is U.S. Paralympics?

U.S. Paralympics, a division of the nonprofit USOPC, is dedicated to becoming the world leader in the Paralympic Movement and promoting excellence in the lives of people with disabilities, including physical disabilities and visual impairments. 

Since its formation in 2001, U.S. Paralympics has been inspiring Americans to achieve their dreams. Through relationships with hundreds of organizations across the country including National Governing Bodies, High Performance Management Organizations and adaptive sports organizations, U.S. Paralympics is making a difference in the lives of thousands of people with Paralympic-eligible impairments.

The USOPC is recognized as the National Paralympic Committee in the United States, as recognized by the International Paralympic Committee, and is one of only four organizations in the world to manage both Olympic and Paralympic sport at the national level – and the first to include the distinction in its official name and marks. U.S. Paralympics is responsible for elite sports programming including sending the U.S. Paralympic Team to the summer and winter Paralympic Games. 

The IPC is the global governing body of the Paralympic Movement. The IPC’s primary responsibilities are to support our 200 plus members develop Para sport and advocate social inclusion, ensure the successful delivery and organization of the Paralympic Games and act as the international federation for 10 Para sports. For more information on the IPC, please click here


Paralympic Sport Development

Paralympic sport development supports the nationwide athlete identification and development strategy that introduces Americans with Paralympic-eligible impairments to Paralympic sport and leads them into the athlete pipeline for the U.S. Paralympic Team.

Visit the Athlete Services page to learn more about getting started. 

Paralympic Trials & Games

U.S. Paralympic Team Trials - Minneapolis, MN  

The  U.S. Paralympic Team Trials for cycling, swimming and track and field will take place June 17-20, 2021 in Minneapolis. The multi-sport trials will feature three days of competition followed by an announcement of who will represent Team USA at the Paralympic Games in Tokyo. 

The trials will feature more than 250 athletes competing in cycling, swimming and track and field at venues around the greater Minneapolis area, including the Jean K. Freeman Aquatic Center at the University of Minnesota, McKnight Stadium at Breck School and cycling will take place near downtown Minneapolis.

U.S. Paralympics is proud to announce historical live coverage from the 2020 U.S. Paralympic Team Trials in Minneapolis. All live streams will be available to view across the following NBC platforms at no cost: PeacockNBCOlympics.com and the NBC Sports App. Note: Peacock premium is not necessary to view the stream. 

Learn more about the trials and access full live stream schedule for #ParaTrials21. 

Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020
The Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020 are an upcoming major international multi-sport event for athletes with disabilities governed by the International Paralympic Committee. Scheduled as the 16th Summer Paralympic Games, they will be held in Tokyo, Japan between Aug. 24- Sept. 5, 2021.

Meet the athletes who have qualified for the Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020. 

Classification

Classification is a structure for competition and is one of biggest differences between the Olympic and Paralympic Games. Paralympic athletes have an impairment in body structures and functions that lead to a competitive disadvantage in sport. Consequently, criteria is put in place to ensure that winning is determined by skill, fitness, power, endurance, tactical ability and mental focus, the same factors that account for success in sport for athletes who are able-bodied. Classification is the process by which athletes are assessed to determine the impact their impairment has on their ability to compete in a specific sport.

Visit the Paralympic sport development page to learn more and see the list of eligible impairments per sport.