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Crip Buzz: April 2014

Crip Buzz: April 2014

Six Phrases You Hear Only at the Paralympics: “I wish I didn’t have legs” …

The Cybathlon: A Powered Adaptive Device Competition

The Cybathlon: A Powered Adaptive Device Competition

When I first read about the Cybathlon Competition that will take place on Oct. 8, 2016 in Zurich, Switzerland, I thought it was an Onion article. But I checked it out, and the powered adaptive device competition is legit, and sounds ultra cool. Motherboard calls it the Bionics Olympics while Slate says it’s “awesome,” and […]

Kickstarter Project: Horizon Trike

Kickstarter Project: Horizon Trike

In the very cool department, Outrider USA, an ultralight adventure vehicle company, has created the Horizon Trike — a full-suspension on-road/off-road battery powered adaptive trike.  The idea for the Horizon started a year ago when Christopher Wenner, an adventurer, Ph.D, and quadriplegic contacted the folks at Outrider and shared his vision of building an electric […]

More Medals for Team USA

More Medals for Team USA

By Brian Rank SOCHI, Russia – There was fresh snow on the slopes and fresh hopes for the wheelchair curling team during a Wednesday that marked strong performances and two medals for the US – one bronze and one silver. Team USA now has four silver medals and four bronze. Below are recaps from the day’s […]

Team USA Gets Good Results in Bad Weather

Team USA Gets Good Results in Bad Weather

By Brian Rank SOCHI Russia — In a day fraught with harsh weather on the slopes and penalties on the sled hockey ice, Team USA still managed to keep its future at the games alive. Wheelchair curling came back with a win to keep their medal hopes alive, Alpine and Nordic skiing athletes stayed in […]

U.S. Power Soccer Team Wants to Meet Obama

U.S. Power Soccer Team Wants to Meet Obama

If you have ever seen power soccer — similar to quad rugby but played in powerchairs with protective cages on the front — you know it’s fast, action packed and way cool. If you haven’t seen it, check out the above video. The United States Power Soccer team has won two consecutive World Cup titles […]

NBC Sports Paralympic Television Coverage Outstanding

NBC Sports Paralympic Television Coverage Outstanding

As an avid Paralympic fan for three decades and a journalist, I’ve been hoping the day would come when I could use the words “Paralympic television coverage” and “outstanding” in the same sentence. That day has arrived. NBC Sports is doing an outstanding job of covering the Sochi Paralympics! I understand some people are frustrated […]

2014 Winter Paralympics Update

2014 Winter Paralympics Update

By Brian Rank SOCHI, Russia – Team USA came out with another strong performance on day two of the Winter Paralympics. Wheelchair curling garnered the first win of the week against Norway and Oksana Masters won the first medal in 20 years for the women’s Nordic Skiing team with silver in the sitting 12-kilometer cross-country […]

Pageantry, Controversy and Paralympics

Pageantry, Controversy and Paralympics

By Brian Rank SOCHI, Russia – In a spectacle of ice, fire and jubilation, the Sochi Winter Paralympics opened on Friday. The ceremony showcased Russia’s effort to prove it is renewed and ready to welcome the Paralympians after a history of intolerance toward people with disabilities. The flawless ceremony that displayed Russia’s rich history and […]

Paralympics Opening Ceremony in Sochi

Paralympics Opening Ceremony in Sochi

By Brian Rank Thousands of athletes, volunteers, Paralympic officials and media representatives from 45 countries have gathered in Sochi, Russia for the Winter Paralympic games that begin Friday, March 7. The games are poised to be the largest in history and are the first in Russia. The 2014 games will feature 575 athletes competing for […]