With the 2012 London Olympics behind us it is time for the 2012 London Paralympics. The opening ceremonies last night welcomed 4,200 athletes from all over the world. Competition in the 160 events of the Games commences today. Rowing will begin on August 31 at the Eton Dorney rowing venue.
Adaptive rowing was first introduced into the international rowing scene in 2002 at the World Rowing Championships. It was not until the 2008 Beijing Olympics that rowing was added to the Paralympic Games.
Paralympic rowing has four classes- the arms and shoulders women’s single sculls (ASW1x), the arms and shoulders men’s single sculls (ASM1x), the trunk and arms mixed double sculls (TA Mix 2x) and the legs, trunk and arms mixed four with coxswain (LTA Mix 4+). The United States will be competing for three of the four rowing medals at theses Paralympic Games.
Men’s Arms and Shoulders Single Sculls
Ron Harvey (Downingtown, Pa.)
Trunk and Arms Mixed Double Sculls
Rob Jones (Lovettsville, Va.)
Oksana Masters (Buffalo, N.Y.)
Legs, Trunk and Arms Four with Coxswain
Alexandra Stein (Stamford, Conn.)
Dorian Weber (Brighton, Mass.)
Eleni Englert (Oceanside, Calif.)
Andrew Johnson (Greenwich, Conn.)
Emma Preuschl (Indianapolis, Ind.)
The International Paralympic Committee will have compete coverage of the games with live online broadcasting of 480 hours.
Highlights of Team USA at the Paralympics can be found on the U.S. Paralympic YouTube channel. Each day 10 new videos will be posted including video of competition and athlete stories. In addition to the YouTube coverage, NBC Sports Network will be airing four one-hour segments of Paralympic coverage on September 4, 5, 6, and 11 at 7 p.m. EDT. There will also be a special 90 minute segment of the Games on September 16 at 2 p.m. EDT.