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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 Winter Games

Paralympic Winter Games Beijing 2022

67 athletes, including two guides for visually impaired athletes, will represent Team USA at the Paralympic Winter Games Beijing 2022. The Opening Ceremony will take place Friday, March 4, with competition beginning March 5 and concluding Sunday, March 13. The 2022 U.S. Paralympic Team features 39 returning Paralympians, including two six-time Paralympians – Oksana Masters and Aaron Pike in Nordic skiing – and one five-time Paralympian – Laurie Stephens in alpine skiing.

There are three members of Team USA who will compete at their fourth Paralympic Winter Games – Danelle Umstead and Jasmin Bambur in alpine skiing, and Josh Pauls in sled hockey. Twenty-six athletes have already earned Paralympic medals, including 22 athletes who have previously won Paralympic gold. Masters tops the list with four gold medals across Nordic skiing and Para-cycling, while Josh Pauls and Kendall Gretsch each have three Paralympic golds.

Seven U.S. athletes come to Beijing having already nabbed two Paralympic golds – Brenna Huckaby (snowboarding), Stephens (alpine skiing), and sled hockey athletes Declan Farmer, Jen Lee, Kevin McKee, Rico Roman and Brody Roybal.

Meet the athletes who have qualified for Beijing 2022.


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.