The 2012 London Paralympic Games marked the 14th edition of the Games and was the largest Paralympic Games in history with an estimated 4,200 participating athletes from 165 counties. Team USA finished with 98 medals (31 gold, 29 silver, and 38 bronze). Congratulations to all of our 227 athletes for a great Paralympic Games! Here are the results for Team USA athletes who are blind and visually impaired. To look up other results please visit www.paralympic.org.
JP Creignou and Jen French (Two-Person Keelboat--SKUD 18) raced in 10 events and never finished below fifth place. This hard work and determination led them to the silver medal!
Andrew Johnson and Eleni Englert are a part of The Mixed Coxed Four-LTAMix4+ team that won in repechage, which placed them into the Final A group. At the end of the final race Team USA ended up coming in sixth overall.
USA Women's Goalball had its share of ups and downs in London. The ladies won against Sweden, 5-1, lost to Japan 2-1, beat Australia 3-0, and lost against Canada 1-0. After four matches, Team USA took on China, where they lost 5-0. Although they played hard and tried their absolute best, the USA Women's Goalball team ended up taking 8th place overall.
Tucker Dupree (S12) took fifth in the 400m Freestyle and fourth in 100m Butterfly. Tucker won three medals overall: a bronze medal in the 100m Freestyle, silver medal in the 100m Backstroke and bronze medal in the 50m Freestyle.
Brad Snyder (S11) set a Paralympic Record with a time of 57.18s in the preliminaries for the 100m Freestyle and ended up winning the gold medal in this event. He also took home a silver medal in the 50m Freestyle. In his other events, Brad placed eighth in the 100m Backstroke, sixth in the 100m Breaststroke, fourth in the 100m Butterfly, and sixth in the 200m Individual Medley. On September 7, exactly 1 year to the day when an improvised explosive device went off in Afghanistan and took his vision, Brad swam the 400m Freestyle and won the gold medal! Watch an interview with Brad on CNN at http://edition.cnn.com/video/#/video/bestoftv/2012/09/05/paralympics-snyder-navyafghanistan.cnn?iref=allsearch.
Kelley Becherer (S13) won the gold medal in the 50m Freestyle. In the 100m Freestyle, Kelley also won the gold medal. In the 200m Individual Medley she took the bronze medal and won another bronze medal in the 100m Breaststroke. Kelley won a medal in every event she competed in; what an accomplishment!
Rebecca Anne Meyers (S13) took fourth in the 50m Freestyle; however, she won the bronze medal in the 100m Freestyle and took the silver medal in the 200m Individual Medley. Completing her swimming events, she finished fifth in her heat of the 100m Breaststroke.
Colleen Young (S13) came in sixth place in her heat for the 50m Freestyle and fifth in her heat for the 100m Freestyle. She also took fifth in the 100m Breaststroke and seventh in the 200m Individuals Medley.
Letticia Martinez (S11) took sixth in her heat in the 100m Backstroke, eighth in the 100m Breaststroke, and third in her heat in the 200m Individual Medley.
Ron Hawthorne took seventh in the 60kg weight class. …