ESPY Award Winners in Disability Sport Honored
Anthony Robles and Mallory Weggemann.
Last night’s ESPY Awards featured more than tuxedoed athletes not laughing at Seth Meyers’ jokes. It also saw big wins for two athletes with disabilities. Mallory Weggemann dominated last year’s IPC World Championships in swimming, taking home nine gold medals and one silver and breaking an incredible nine world records in the process. She adds the ESPY for Best Female Athlete with a Disability to her already sizable hardware collection. Anthony Robles’ achievements are no less amazing. Competing for Arizona State University, Robles throttled opponents with twice as many legs as him and went on to win the NCAA Wrestling Championship in the 125-pound weight class. He took home the ESPY for Best Male Athlete with a Disability and the Jimmy V. Award for Perseverance.
BlazeSports congratulates Anthony, Mallory, and all the other athletes honored last night.
PyeongChang, South Korea Selected Host city for 2018 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Jacques Rogge announced last week that PyeongChang, South Korea will host the 2018 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games. Three cities were in the running for the 2018 Games – Annecy, France; Munich, Germany; and PyeongChang. All three cities put forth excellent plans for hosting the Paralympic Games a part of their bids. Congratulations to PyeongChang on winning the 2018 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games bid. You can read the IPC press release on the announcement at: http://www.paralympic.org/Media_Centre/News/General_News/2011_07_06_a.html
IPC Swimming European Championships
Ukraine, Great Britain, and Spain topped the medal count at the 2011 IPC Swimming European Championships. More than 440 swimmers from 36 nations participated in the championships held in Berlin, Germany last week. The event is one of the last major competitions before the London 2012 Paralympic Games. For results and more information please visit: http://www.ecswimming2011.com/cms/en/index-en.html#spobox=/sa-09-07-finals-teil-6
US Track and Field Expert Appointed to IPC Athletics
Troy Engle, head coach for the US Paralympic team, has been appointed the Vice Chairman of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Athletics Sport Technical Committee. Engle has deep experience in the sport leading high performance programs and coaching national teams. The expertise he brings to IPC will prove invaluable for the sport. To read the IPC press release go to: http://www.paralympic.org/Media_Centre/News/General_News/2011_06_30_d.html
ESPY Awards Honor Athletes with Disabilities
For this year’s ESPY (Excellence in Sports Performance Yearly) Awards US Paralympic gold medalist swimmer Mallory Weggemann won Best Female Athlete with a Disability and Anthony Robles of Arizona State won Best Male Athlete with a Disability for securing the NCAA wrestling championship in his weight class despite being born with one leg. For the full story go to: http://espn.go.com/espn/story/_/id/6767665/2011-espy-awards-winners-revealed-los-angeles