December 28, 2015 |
The limp is barely noticeable when she wears sneakers that cushion the injured nerves in her left foot. At poolside, barefoot, it is more obvious. Memories of the dreadful accident on the Georgetown University campus will never disappear entirely. But almost five years after the five-story fall that shattered her body and her hopes of college swimming stardom, Michelle Konkoly still is working to be the best she can be. In September, the Montgomery County woman expects to be in Rio de Janeiro, competing again in swimming, but this time, she will be in the Paralympic Games.
February 13, 2013
Banana Joe , the Affenpinscher with the bouncy step and shiny black coat, walked off as America's top dog on Tuesday night, winning best in show at the Westminster Kennel Club show at New York's Madison Square Garden. The 5-year-old wagged his tail after earning his 86th best in show title overall, a day before he was set to fly back to the Netherlands with his owner. Old English sheepdog Bugaboo's Picture Perfect was picked as the runner-up on the green carpet of the Garden. Also in the best-of-seven final ring were a German wirehaired pointer, an American foxhound, a Portuguese water dog, a Bichon Frise, and a smooth fox terrier.
September 7, 2012 |
A second Olympics is going on this week in London. The Paralympics features the athletic feats of disabled athletes, and by the time it ends on Sunday, millions of people around the world will have seen it. But not so many in the United States. TV coverage here has been restricted because network officials apparently think there isn't as much of an audience. So the best place to catch the games may be online at USParalympics.org. One American who has been watching is Drexel professor Scott Knowles, who teaches a class called Perspectives on Disabilities.
September 6, 2012 |
THE INTERNATIONAL Paralympic Committee says there is no evidence to back up a complaint made by South Africa that athletes are switching the size of their blades during the London Games. South Africa's National Paralympic Committee requested that an urgent investigation be opened into the matter following comments made by Oscar Pistorius , who accused Brazil's Alan Oliveira of gaining an unfair advantage by running on lengthened blades in his win in the 200 meters on Sunday.
September 3, 2012
A month after his groundbreaking Olympic debut, South Africa's Oscar Pistorius was reeling from a stunning upset Sunday in the London Paralympics. Pistorius had never been beaten over 200 meters until Brazilian sprinter Alan Oliveira finished in 21.45 seconds to beat the Paralympics icon by 0.07 seconds. Pistorius, who won a legal battle to wear carbon-fiber blades in competing with able-bodied rivals, later suggested that Oliveira ran with longer prosthetics than should be allowed. "He's never run a 21-second race, and I don't think he's a 21-second athlete," Pistorius said.
August 29, 2012 |
More than 4,000 athletes - including 227 Americans - are scheduled to compete in the 2012 Paralympic Games in London that are set to start Wednesday and run through Sept. 9. This will be the second-largest sporting event in the world, after the Olympic Games. Disabled athletes will earn medals in 19 sports, including cycling, judo, powerlifting, sailing, sitting volleyball, wheelchair basketball, and wheelchair rugby. Twenty Americans are military veterans or active-duty service members, including Navy Lt. Bradley Snyder, who lost his vision in September 2011 while serving in Afghanistan.
August 28, 2012
Notre Dame football coach Brian Kelly announced Sunday that starting tailback Cierre Wood had been suspended for two games for violating team rules, leaving the Fighting Irish without their 1,000-yard rusher for Saturday's opener against Navy in Ireland. Wood, a senior, led the Irish in rushing last year with 1,102 yards and scored nine rushing touchdowns while averaging 5.1 yards per carry. Junior defensive end Justin Utupo also was suspended for two games for unspecified reasons.
September 24, 2011
The U.S. women will face Sweden on Nov. 19 in a rematch of the group-stage loss that set the stage for the Americans' dramatic run to the Women's World Cup final. The exhibition in Glendale, Ariz., is part of the Americans' preparations for Olympic qualifying. The qualifying will be held Jan. 19-29 in Vancouver, British Columbia. The Americans are 18-5-7 against Sweden but 0-2 this year. Abby Wambach made the most of her last match before a little rest and relaxation.
June 25, 2011 |
Three local men will be among the 1,500 athletes to compete in Saturday's Philadelphia Insurance Sprint Distance Triathlon. And while these three had not met before this event, they share an intriguing link. Prosthetics Innovations, a company in Eddystone, Delaware County, organized team ProLimb to promote its high-performance prosthetics, and John O'Brien, Joe Sanphy, and Brian Wacik form its relay team. Sanphy, 52, will swim the half-mile part of the triathlon in the Schuylkill.
March 22, 2010 |
A Swedish curler at the Paralympics in Vancouver has been banned for 2 years after failing a doping test. Wheelchair curling fourth Glenn Ikonen says he didn't know the blood pressure medication he was taking was on the banned list. Ikonen, who was to throw the rocks in Friday's match against Italy, told a news conference he was disappointed his doctor gave him medication that was on the banned list. He said he had been taking it for 3 years, but wasn't tested before the 2009 world championship, where Sweden won silver.