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December 22, 1987 | By Howard Courtney, Special to The Inquirer
"They didn't think I'd walk again," said Jim Thompson of Tacony. "I had to prove them wrong. " And he did. Last summer, Thompson, a junior at Temple University, set two world records in the 50- and 100-meter freestyle competition at the International Wheelchair Games in Santa Clara, Calif. This was an outstanding accomplishment because just more than a year ago, Thompson broke his neck while diving off a roof into an above-ground swimming pool. Today, he is an "incomplete paraplegic," with little use of his arms and legs but with the ability to walk for short periods of time with the use of two canes.
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February 7, 1988 | By Steve Birnbaum, Special to The Inquirer
I recently heard that there's an international Olympics competition for disabled athletes. I'd like to get information about it for my son, who'd be very interested in participating. Can you tell me the dates and location of this event and whom we should contact? This event is known as the Paralympics, and the 1988 competition will be the eighth international sports contest for the disabled. The Paralympics are held every four years, and the dates for 1988 are Oct. 15 to 24. This will be shortly after the conclusion of the 24th Summer Olympics in Seoul, South Korea - and the Paralympics will be in the same locale, using the same facilities and with similar opening and closing ceremonies.
SPORTS
September 23, 2004 | THE INQUIRER STAFF
Travis Mohr, a June graduate of Drexel University, won the gold medal in the S8 100-meter backstroke during the Paralympic Games in Athens yesterday. His time was 1 minute, 10.15 seconds, an American record. Mohr, 23, is a graduate of Northampton High in Northampton County and swims for the Germantown Academy Aquatic Club. He will swim the 100-meter breaststroke later this week. This is the third Paralympics for Mohr, who was born without thighbones. Auto racing Robby Gordon has been placed on probation by Richard Childress Racing for the remainder of the 2004 NASCAR Nextel Cup season after admitting he intentionally caused an accident on Sunday at New Hampshire International Speedway that involved championship contenders Tony Stewart and Jeremy Mayfield.
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March 22, 2010 | Daily News Wire Services
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.
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September 7, 2012 | By Gillian Francella, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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August 29, 2012 | By Michael Vitez, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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July 18, 2004 | By Mary Anne Janco INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
For a champion athlete with disabilities who will be competing in the Paralympic Games in Athens, Harry Havnoonian Jr. has built a titanium tricycle, spending more than 150 hours to get the rear axle just right. Designing and building that bike for Stu Flacks of Florida has been the biggest challenge so far for Havnoonian, owner of CycleSport/HH Racing Group in Media, who started working on bikes at his father's shop in Drexel Hill when he was 11. Havnoonian, 46, of Drexel Hill, who has designed custom racing bikes since 1976, has developed a reputation for using the latest technology and "exotic" metals to create strong, lightweight bikes with distinctive aerodynamic features and precise handling.
SPORTS
May 27, 2008 | By JOSEPH SANTOLIQUITO For the Daily News
THEY STRETCH THE human spirit. They left this country whole and endured unimaginable chaos that most of us know only through movies and TV. They lived it. There is a new attitude among U.S. servicemen and women who return from war missing an arm or a leg from a roadside bomb or skirmish with insurgents. They have a pervasive mind-set that says, "If something happens, I'll be able to deal with it. " For some soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, sports have become their salve.
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June 6, 1996 | By Mary Blakinger, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Despite legs made unsteady by cerebral palsy, Chris Ridgway pushed. He made the junior varsity wrestling team at Harriton High School as a senior in 1983. He hiked the Grand Canyon on crutches. He loves to ski. But it is on the track that Ridgway pushes the hardest, his massive biceps powering the wheels of his sleek aluminum racing chair. On a paved path, he can propel the chair at 17 or 18 miles an hour. "Oh, I can fly," he says. This summer, he plans to fly in competition in the 100- and 400-meter wheelchair races at the 1996 Paralympic Games in Atlanta.
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December 28, 2015 | By Paul Jablow, For The Inquirer
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.
SPORTS
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.
NEWS
September 7, 2012 | By Gillian Francella, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
SPORTS
September 6, 2012 | DAILY NEWS WIRE REPORTS
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.
SPORTS
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.
SPORTS
August 29, 2012 | By Michael Vitez, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
SPORTS
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.
SPORTS
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.
SPORTS
June 25, 2011 | By Tim Rohan, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
SPORTS
March 22, 2010 | Daily News Wire Services
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.
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