Even though things are wrapping up at the Paralympics in Sochi, there was no lack of drama in day 8. The U.S. and Russia had a much anticipated rematch in the sledge hockey gold medal match. The United States got their revenge beating the tough Russian team 3 – 0. The U.S. team outscored their opponents 13 – 3 over the course of the games. This puts our athletes in third place in the overall medal count behind only Russia and the Ukraine. These amazing, inspirational individuals make me so proud to be not only an American, but also to be successfully disabled in this country.
GOOOOOOOLD!!!!! Day 7 in Sochi was a huge one for Team USA. We won 8 medals on the day, including our first gold. We got to hear our national anthem play for the first time thanks to Evan Strong taking first on his snowboard. The other 7 medals were also all won on the slopes, as our wheelchair curling and sledge hockey squads had the day off. The hockey team is preparing for a rematch against Russia for the gold medal on Saturday. This run of medals puts the U.S. in third place in the overall medal count. Definitely a lot to be proud of.
On day 6 in Sochi we were once again unable to get on the podium to raise our flag. We didn’t have a great day on the slopes, but on the ice we faired much better. Our wheelchair curling squad lost a heartbreaker to Great Britain 8 – 7. Additionally, our sledge hockey team bounced back from its loss to Russia by shutting out Canada 3 – 0. This win should ensure them a medal. Despite still being in search of our first gold medal, there is definitely still plenty to be proud of, as we continue to support and marvel at these amazing individuals.
We got back on the medal stand on day 5 in Sochi. Our lady skiers grabbed two more bronze medals. Our sledge hockey team had the day off, but our wheelchair curling team had two matches. They split them going one and one on the day. This brings our medal count to nine, putting us in a tie for third most with Canada.
Although the United States did not receive any medals on day 4 in Sochi, we still maintained our status as a force to be reckoned with. Our sledge hockey team put in a very strong showing against a tough Russian Federation team, losing 2 – 1. In wheelchair curling, after losing on day 3, we pulled out a victory over Finland in a nail biter. We are still in search of our first gold medal, but we are still putting up a good effort.
The United States obtained 2 more medals in skiing on day 3 in Sochi. Still in search of our first gold medal, we did grab bronze medals in both the sitting and standing women’s super G events. This brings our medal total to 7. Our wheelchair curling team was unable to continue their momentum from their win on day 2, losing both of their matches to Canada and Russia. Our sledge hockey team got a much deserved rest, as they prepare for a tough match against Russia tomorrow. All in all, another strong showing from these inspirational individuals representing our great nation.
The United States continued its strong showing in Sochi by grabbing 2 more silver medals on day 2. We medalled in the women’s 12k cross-country, sitting, and our male athletes got their first medal in the men’s super G, visually impaired. This brings the American medal count to 5. We also got our first win in wheelchair curling after 2 losses yesterday by defeating Norway 8 to 5. Our sledge hockey team kept right on rolling by shutting out Korea 3 to 0. They have outscored their opponents 8 to 1 in their first 2 games. Although we are still in search of our first gold medal, we are off to a good start in these 2014 Paralympic games.
The Paralympics are in full swing in Sochi. I am proud to announce that we have already had 3 medalists. Three of our female skiers, two sitting and one standing, medalled in the downhill event. A strong start for our athletes. We didn’t do so well in wheelchair curling, losing both of our matches on day one. Our sledge hockey team opened with a convincing win over Italy beating them 5 to 1. You can catch up on all of the action at www.paralympic.org.