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By Steven Petrella, The Baltimore Sun | July 12, 2012
When Brad Snyder swims, he can't see the water. He can't see his opposition, he can't see the clock and, most importantly, he can't see the wall. But by just visualizing himself in the pool, Snyder is now London-bound. The 28-year-old Snyder lost his vision after stepping on an IED in Afghanistan last September while serving as a bomb defuser in the Navy. But earlier this month, less than a year since losing his vision permanently, he was named to the United States Paralympic swimming roster.
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Sports Digest | March 30, 2014
College swimming Chase Kalisz breaks U.S. record in 400 IM Georgia sophomore Chase Kalisz , a Fallston graduate from Bel Air, won the 400 individual medley in record-breaking fashion Friday at the NCAA swimming and diving championships in Austin, Texas. Kalisz, who also swims for North Baltimore Aquatic Club, posted a time of 3 minutes, 34.50 seconds to win the 400 individual medley by nearly four seconds over Florida's Dan Wallace (3:38.17). Kalisz's time eclipsed the American, U.S. Open, NCAA and NCAA championships mark of 3:35.98 set by Michigan's Tyler Clary in 2009.
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By Kevin Cowherd, The Baltimore Sun | August 25, 2012
Maybe you've seen the ads. They've been all over TV and in magazines like Time and Sports Illustrated. There is U.S. Paralympian Tatyana McFadden in her sleek titanium racing wheelchair, hunched over in mid-push, shoulder muscles rippling, a look of fierce determination on her face. The ads, from petroleum giant BP, call her "Lady Velocity" and carry the tag line "Team USA: Fueling Their Future. " Which is fitting, in a way. Because whatever is fueling Tatyana McFadden - whatever is pumping through her heart and coursing through her veins and energizing that ripped torso - medical science might want to study it someday.
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March 28, 2014
Baltimore's Becca Meyers and Ian Silverman set world records on the opening day of the 2014 U.S. Paralympics Swimming Spring National Championships/Spring CanAms on Thursday at Miami's Ransom Everglades School. The event, which runs through Saturday, serves as the U.S. team qualifier for the Pan Pacific Para-Swimming Championships in August. Meyers, a Loyola Maryland student from Timonium, who competes in the S13 classification, won the women's 1500-meter freestyle in 17 minutes, 53.90 seconds in the morning session to smash the world record.
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By Gary Lambrecht and Gary Lambrecht,Staff Writer | August 23, 1992
Don't talk to Joe Singleton about his limitations.He would rather shift the conversation to his achievements, his goals, his dreams.Singleton has much to talk about. Like the martial arts black belt he earned two years ago. Or the college degree he plans to earn soon. Or the trip he is about to make to Barcelona, Spain next month, when he will represent the United States Disabled Sports Team as a power lifter in the Paralympics, the international Olympic equivalent for wheelchair athletes.
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By Mike Klingaman and Mike Klingaman,mike.klingaman@baltsun.com | September 7, 2008
For 30 minutes they swim together, two strangers lapping the pool in adjacent lanes at the Merritt Athletic Club in Towson. Finally, the older woman climbs out and slumps on the deck, in awe of the teenager still plugging away. "She just keeps going, doesn't she?" the woman says. A man standing nearby nods. "You know," he says, "she has no legs." The woman's expression tells all. Jessica Long has wowed another. Today, Long, of Middle River, will try to wow the world at the XIII Summer Paralympics in Beijing - the Olympic Games for disabled athletes.
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By Alisa Samuels and Alisa Samuels,SUN STAFF | September 6, 1996
County Executive Charles I. Ecker has declared today "Larry Hughes Day" in Howard County in honor of the Columbia resident who won the gold medal for discus throwing in the 1996 Paralympic Games last month in Atlanta."
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By John-John Williams IV and John-John Williams IV,Sun reporter | June 30, 2008
A Beijing-bound athlete from Maryland is featured on McDonald's beverage cups, but it's not Michael Phelps. Instead, it's Tatyana McFadden, a wheelchair sprint racer from Howard County who also is featured in a television commercial for Hilton Hotels Corp. McFadden, 19, a member of the U.S. Paralympics team that will compete in China in September, had limited endorsement opportunities when she competed in Athens four years ago. But since then, she and other disabled athletes have noticed a marked rise in corporate sponsorship opportunities.
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By Candus Thomson and Candus Thomson,SUN STAFF | April 4, 2004
WASHINGTON - The clinic for wounded soldiers at Walter Reed Medical Center on Wednesday night had nothing to do with doctors. Members of past and present U.S. Paralympic squads and other wheelchair athletes buzzed up and down the hardwood at Wagner Sports Center to make a point: Sports can be part of your life no matter what your disability. "This is life beginning again," said John Register, who won the silver medal in the long jump at the 2000 Paralympics after an injury forced the amputation of his left leg. "That's what we want to show these soldiers.
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By Mike Klingaman, The Baltimore Sun | May 17, 2011
Jessica Long can imagine her response the first time she sees her face on a national soft drink display in the supermarket. "I'm pretty sure I'll scream and say, 'This is me!' " said Long, 19, the seven-time Paralympics swimming gold medalist from Middle River. "To see myself on a can of Coke will be exciting. " One of eight U.S. athletes chosen by Coca-Cola for a high-profile ad campaign to highlight the 2012 London Olympics, Long spent Tuesday at a pool in a fitness center in Concord, Mass., splashing and smiling for photographers.
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Sports Digest | March 27, 2014
Gymnastics Whittenburg in Doha Cup parallel bars final Donnell Whittenburg of Baltimore qualified for the parallel bars final at the Doha Challenge Cup on Wednesday in Qatar. Whittenburg, an Edgewood alumnus, made the parallel bar finals with his 14.950 and eighth-place finish. He is the second reserve athlete for the vault. He posted a 14.675 average (14.750, 14.600) that was a tie for ninth, but he lost on the tiebreaker. Whittenburg also was 12th in still rings, scoring a 14.800.
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The Baltimore Sun | March 16, 2014
Tatyana McFadden, a Clarksville native, concluded her time in the Winter Paralympics in Sochi, Russia, with a seventh-place finish in the women's cross country skiing 5-kilometer sit race. McFadden finished with a time of 17 minutes, 27.8 seconds, which trailed Germany's Andrea Eskau, the gold-medal winner in 16:08.6, by 1:19.2. Ukraine's Lyudmyla Pavlenko (16:27.0) won the silver, while the United States' Oksana Masters (17:04.8) took bronze. McFadden, born with spina bifida in St. Petersburg, Russia, and who lived in an orphanage, was adopted by Deborah McFadden at age 6 and brought to the United States.
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By Childs Walker, The Baltimore Sun | March 1, 2014
You start with a little girl, dropped in an orphanage and afflicted with a spinal condition that has paralyzed her below the belly button. She's cared for, yes, but none of the well-meaning adults look at this child, scooting around the facility on her hands, and imagine a future ripe with possibility. How do you get from there to a 24-year-old woman nicknamed "The Beast," a fearsomely muscled athlete who believes her body can fulfill the most outlandish ambitions her mind concocts?
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By Kit Waskom Pollard, For The Baltimore Sun | October 24, 2013
On Oct. 13, just before 9:15 a.m., Tatyana McFadden soared across the finish line at the Bank of America Chicago Marathon, just two seconds before the racer behind her, taking the top spot in the women's wheelchair competition and making history. McFadden, 24, an Atholton High School graduate who grew up in Clarksville, completed the marathon in 1 hour, 42 minutes and 35 seconds, about a three-minute improvement over her first-place times in the Boston and London marathons earlier this year.
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From Sun staff reports | August 17, 2013
Becca Meyers, who will be a freshman on the Loyola University Maryland swimming and diving team in 2013-14, won her second goal medal at the International Paralympic Committee World Swimming Championships on Friday night in Montreal. The Timonium native from Notre Dame Prep won the 400-meter freestyle in the S13 category by nearly 23 seconds, touching the wall in 4 minutes, 35.98 seconds. Spain's Marta Maria Gomez Battelli was second in 4:58.61. The gold was Meyers' second of the games, and third medal overall.
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Sports Digest | July 29, 2013
Paralympics T. McFadden first to win 6 titles at Paralympic world meet Tatyana McFadden of Clarksville has become the first woman to win six world titles in a single International Paralympic Committee Athletics World Championship meet. She went undefeated in the Lyon, France, event, which ended Sunday, winning the preliminaries and finals of the women's 100-, 200-, 400-, 800-, 1500- and 5000-meter T54 wheelchair races Saturday. The Atholton grad set the world record in the 800 , finishing in 1minute, 44.44 seconds.
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By Childs Walker and Patrick Maynard and The Baltimore Sun | April 15, 2013
Clarksville resident Tatyana McFadden won the women's wheelchair division of the Boston Marathon on Monday, hours before the race was marred by deadly explosions near the finish line. Though McFadden added to her resume as one of the elite Paralympic athletes in the world, her achievement was rapidly overshadowed by scenes of blood and mayhem. She tweeted that she was unharmed, about an hour after the initial reports of the explosions. "I am okay my family and teammates are okay," she wrote.
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July 31, 1991
Disabled rally for Paralympics in '96Leaders of the disabled sports community are pushingAtlanta Olympic officials to play host to the Paralympics even though it was left out of the budget for the 1996 Games.The Paralympics are a multimillion-dollar festival for 3,000 athletes that has been held in conjunction with every Olympics since 1960.Los Angeles' 1984 bid, however, did not include the Paralympics, which were split that year between New York and England.It's also not in the budget for the Atlanta Games, and spokesman Bob Brennan said, "The cost seems prohibitive unless someone provides the funding, and we don't have anyone coming in to give us money for this."
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By Childs Walker and Patrick Maynard and The Baltimore Sun | April 15, 2013
Clarksville resident Tatyana McFadden won the women's wheelchair division of the Boston Marathon on Monday, hours before the race was marred by deadly explosions near the finish line. Though McFadden added to her resume as one of the elite Paralympic athletes in the world, her achievement was rapidly overshadowed by scenes of blood and mayhem. She tweeted that she was unharmed, about an hour after the initial reports of the explosions. "I am okay my family and teammates are okay," she wrote.
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Sports Digest | September 8, 2012
Et cetera Snyder, McFadden win Paralympic gold Baltimore's Brad Snyder , 28, won his second gold medal of the London Paralympics on Friday, a year to the day after he was blinded by an improvised explosive device while serving with the Navy in Afghanistan. "It is an emotional day, but it's kind of a day of celebration," Snyder said after winning the 400-meter freestyle S11 gold in 4 minutes, 32.41 seconds, by a margin of 5.83. "I zeroed my focus on performance and was able to put a lot of the emotions away.
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