BRUSSELS (AP) — When European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen was at a loss for words Wednesday to capture the soul of the European Union and its future, Bebe Vio was there to help the EU's top official at the end of her State of the Union address.
NEW YORK (AP) — Nobody had ever won a Golden Slam in wheelchair tennis until Sunday, when it happened twice.
And Dylan Alcott had never celebrated quite the way he did after his victory.
MADRID (AP) — A prominent Spanish Paralympic swimmer will be flown home after she was hospitalized in Tokyo because of an anxiety attack, the Spanish Paralympic Committee said Thursday.
Teresa Perales, Spain's most decorated Paralympian with 27 career medals, has remained in a hospital since Sunday, the committee said.
NEW YORK (AP) — Dylan Alcott and Diede de Groot have a chance at tennis history Novak Djokovic can no longer make.
Unlike Djokovic, the wheelchair stars both won gold medals in Tokyo. Having already won the three major titles this year on the tennis tour, they arrived at the U.S.
TOKYO (AP) — The final act of the delayed Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics came Sunday, almost eight years to the day after the Japanese capital was awarded the Games.
The Paralympics ended a 13-day run in a colorful, circus-like ceremony at the National Stadium overseen by Crown Prince Akishino, the brother of Emperor Naruhito.
TOKYO (AP) — The Netherlands is showing its dominance again in wheelchair tennis at the Paralympics, having excelled in the sport since Esther Vergeer dominated the game.
She retired in 2013 with seven Paralympic titles and a winning streak of 470 matches.
TOKYO (AP) — Afghan athlete Zakia Khudadadi got her chance to compete in the Tokyo Paralympics on Thursday.
Khudadadi, one to two Afghans participating in the Paralympics, lost her first-round match in taekwondo in the 44-49-kilogram weight class to Ziyodakhon Isakova of Uzbekistan 17-12.
TOKYO (AP) — The volleyball phrase “bump, set, spike” has a special ring for American Lora Webster.
She's a sitting volleyball player at the Tokyo Paralympics, and for her the “bump” refers to something entirely different.
TOKYO (AP) — Oksana Masters won her second gold medal of the Tokyo Paralympics on Wednesday, bringing her career total to four gold and 10 medals overall in both summer and winter events.
The American won the women's hand-cycle road race to go with a victory on Tuesday in the time trial.
TOKYO (AP) — Even in the Paralympics Games, there is controversy over victory and defeat.
Malaysian shot putter Muhammad Ziyad Zolkefli appeared to have won gold in the shot put in the F20 class.
TOKYO (AP) — Sam Grewe made a choice when he was 13 to have his right leg amputated after he was diagnosed with an aggressive bone cancer.
He could have chosen to keep the leg, but he said it would have been a frail limb once surgeons carved out the “fist-size tumor.” That procedure also would have ruled out any sports for life.
A thought recently struck Paralympic gold medalist Oksana Masters: What would young Oksana, the one who shuffled between Ukrainian orphanages, think of this grown-up version?
TOKYO (AP) — Afghan athlete Hossain Rasouli finally got his chance Tuesday to participate in the Paralympics.
Rasouli and teammate Zakia Khudadadi got to Tokyo on Saturday after being evacuated from Kabul.
TOKYO (AP) — Britain defeated the United States 54-49 on Sunday in the gold-medal game of Paralympic wheelchair rugby, the first medal of any kind for Britain in the sport.
Wheelchair rugby has been an official Paralympic sport since 2000, and Britain’s best finish was fourth place in 2004 and 2008.
TOKYO (AP) — Afghan athletes Zakia Khudadadi and Hossain Rasouli have arrived in Tokyo, via what's been described as a harrowing journey from Kabul to Paris, to compete in the Paralympics.
For now, they are sequestered in the Paralympics Village alongside Tokyo Bay, will not be available for media interviews during their stay — before or after they compete.
TOKYO (AP) — Two athletes from Afghanistan have arrived in Tokyo to compete in the Paralympics, the International Paralympic Committee said Saturday.
The two-person team of Zakia Khudadadi and Hossain Rasouli had flown from Kabul to Paris before continuing on to Tokyo, the IPC said.
TOKYO (AP) — American captain Joe Delagrave was asked to explain wheelchair rugby. He knew he wasn't being politically correct about it — he didn't want to be — after the United States defeated Australia 49-42 to reach Sunday's gold-medal final of the Paralympics against Britain.
NBC's Olympics coverage has long been built on a foundation of human-interest stories and showcasing athletes' road to the Games. The same philosophies will apply to the coverage of Paralympics, which will air on the network for the first time.
TOKYO (AP) — Tokyo Paralympics medalist Marcin Polak of Poland has been provisionally suspended after testing positive for doping, the International Cycling Union said Friday.
Polak tested positive for the banned endurance-booster EPO in a sample taken in Poland three weeks before the Tokyo Paralympics opened.
TOKYO (AP) — There are 4,403 Paralympic athletes competing in Tokyo, each with unique differences that have to be classified. Lines have to be drawn — in the quest for fairness — to group similar impairments, or impairments that yield similar results.
The popular black-and-gray T-shirt featuring the mantra of blind long jumper Lex Gillette currently remains sold out on his website.
Just temporarily, though. After the Paralympic Games in Tokyo, the 36-year-old from North Carolina vowed to make a new batch with his trademark slogan emblazoned across the front: “No need for sight when you have a vision."
TOKYO (AP) — A brief return visit to Tokyo by International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach to view the Paralympic Games has been widely criticized in Japan but defended by organizers.
Bach, who spent about a month in Japan for the recently-completed Olympics, returned the day before Tuesday's Paralympic opening ceremony and then departed about 24 hours later after attending some events and handing out medals at the swimming venue.
TOKYO (AP) — Australian cyclist Paige Greco earned the first gold medal of the Tokyo Paralympics, winning the 3,000-meter pursuit on Wednesday on the track at the velodrome.
It was the first of 24 gold medals up for grabs on Wednesday as the Paralympics got underway in the middle of a pandemic that has seen new cases in Tokyo soar since the Olympics opened just over a month ago.
STOKE MANDEVILLE, England (AP) — The Paralympic Heritage Flame was lit Thursday in Stoke Mandeville, a village northwest of London that is widely considered the birthplace of the Paralympic Games.
TOKYO (AP) — The opening next week of the Paralympic Games in Tokyo is being used as a stage to launch a human-rights movement aimed at the world’s 1.2 billion people with disabilities.
The campaign is called “WeThe15”and gets its name from World Health Organization estimates that persons with disabilities represent 15% of the global population.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Doug Emhoff, the spouse of Vice President Kamala Harris, is taking his first solo trip abroad and will lead a delegation to the Paralympic Games in Tokyo later this month.
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called on all warring parties to observe the traditional Olympic truce during the upcoming Olympic and Paralympic Games in Japan, and to pursue cease-fires and lasting peace after the competitions end.
TOKYO (AP) — Tokyo Olympic organizers are holding out hope that the Paralympic Games might allow some fans.
Organizers and the International Olympic Committee on Thursday banned all fans from Olympic venues in Tokyo and three neighboring prefectures because of surging COVID-19 cases.
MADRID (AP) — Paralympic champion swimmer Teresa Perales has won Spain’s annual Princess of Asturias award for sports.
The judges said on announcing the prize Wednesday that the Spanish athlete had become “an example for millions of disabled people of how to overcome difficulties and an icon of international paralympics.”
TOKYO (AP) — Confronted in Japan with some of the strongest medical-community opposition yet to the Tokyo Olympics, IOC President Thomas Bach offered Wednesday to have added medical personnel available to help out when the games open in just over nine weeks.
DENVER (AP) — A boycott of next year's Beijing Olympics will not solve any geopolitical issues with China and will only serve to place athletes training for the games under a “cloud of uncertainty,” the head of the U.S.
TOKYO (AP) — The Olympic flame is going on display in Tokyo, just a short walk from the new National Stadium where it was supposed to be burning a month ago...
LOS ANGELES (AP) — When DeWalt Mix lost his prosthetic leg while paddle-boarding off the coast of Long Beach, the local Fire Department dove right in to try to retrieve it for him...
TOKYO (AP) — Almost two months after the Tokyo Olympics were postponed, organizing committee CEO Toshiro Muto said Friday he still could not give an estimate of how much the one-year delay will cost...
DÜSSELDORF, Germany (AP) — Although anti-doping organizations around the world are dialing back on testing because of the coronavirus outbreak, Olympic athletes can still expect a knock on the door.
TOKYO (AP) — Tokyo Olympic organizers and the Japanese government went on the offensive Wednesday after a senior IOC member said the 2020 Games were being threatened by the spread of a viral outbreak, with their fate probably decided in the next three months...
TOKYO (AP) — Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic organizers again tried on Thursday to allay fears that the 2020 Games could be postponed or canceled by the fast-spreading virus from China...
TOKYO (AP) — When it comes to tickets, next year's Tokyo Paralympics will be just like the Olympics: There's more demand than there are tickets...
Mike Shanahan always has been known as a quarterbacks guru. Now, he's working on developing QBs on the youth level.
USA Football and QB Collective, a group of current and former NFL coaches that includes Shanahan, are working together to teach quarterbacking skills to young players.
Jonathan Tannenwald, Staff Writer
Admit it: You probably didn't watch much of the Paralympics. Even if you're an Olympics junkie who happens to also be an Eagles fan, by the time the Paralympics began you had probably come down with a case of Carson Wentz fever.
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazilian justice has blocked assets of the company that serves as the host broadcaster organization for the Olympic Games...
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — After 1,192 days, Brazil's run of hosting mega-sports events came to an end Sunday at the Paralympic Games...
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Man's best friends and their owners have embraced the Olympic spirit by taking part in Brazil's first Dog Olympic Games...
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — In the two weeks since his predecessor's ouster, Brazilian President Michel Temer has rubbed elbows with world leaders in China, been vociferously booed at the opening ceremony of the Paralympic Games and signaled he will move forward with unpopular measures such as trimming pension benefits...