U.S. Olympic Committee announces 2011-12 Athletes, Teams of Year

U.S. Olympic Committee announces 2011-12 athletes, teams of year
Olympic winners: Allyson Felix, Michael Phelps, U.S. Women’s Eight Rowing Team

Paralympic winners: Raymond Martin, Jessica Long, U.S. Men’s Quad Doubles Wheelchair Tennis Team


COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. The United States Olympic Committee today announced its annual award recipients for Olympic and Paralympic athletes and teams of the year. Each of the 2011-12 honorees were part of Team USA’s outstanding performance at the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games in London, and all are reigning Olympic or Paralympic champions. Sprinter Allyson Felix (Los Angeles, Calif.) has been named the USOC SportsWoman of the Year; swimmer Michael Phelps (Baltimore, Md.) was selected SportsMan of the Year; the U.S. women’s eight rowing team was honored as Olympic Team of the Year; swimmer Jessica Long (Baltimore, Md.) was named Paralympic SportsWoman of the Year; wheelchair racer Raymond Martin (Jersey City, N.J.) was named Paralympic SportsMan of the Year; and the U.S. men’s quad doubles wheelchair tennis team was designated Paralympic Team of the Year.

“We are so proud to honor these young men and women who represent the finest ambassadors of sport, Team USA and the Olympic Movement,” said USOC CEO Scott Blackmun. “Through their commitment to excellence on and off the field, these athletes represent our country with incredible grace and composure, and their outstanding achievements are an inspiration to all Americans.”

The six awards will be presented at a celebratory dinner during the 2012 U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Assembly held Sept. 20-21 at the Antlers Hilton Hotel in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Allyson Felix, Olympic SportsWoman of the Year
U.S. track & field standout Allyson Felix made history during her third Olympic appearance by collecting three gold medals and becoming the first woman to accomplish the feat since Florence Griffith-Joyner in 1988. Felix claimed her first gold of the London Games in the 200 meters and, two days later, ran the second leg of the world-record setting 4×100 relay team. She closed the Games with the gold medal in the 4×400 relay. A three-time Olympic medalist in the 200, Felix claimed top honors in her signature event at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials, breaking Griffith-Joyner’s 24-year-old record with a time of 21.69 seconds – the fourth-fastest by a woman in history. The three-time Jesse Owens Award winner became the first American woman to win national titles in all three sprint events at the 2011 U.S. Outdoor Championships. She completed her stellar 2011 campaign by winning four medals at the 2011 World Championships, tying Carl Lewis for 10 career medals in the event.

Michael Phelps, Olympic SportsMan of the Year
During the recently completed 2012 Olympic Games, Michael Phelps became the most decorated Olympian in history with 22 medals, including 18 golds. At the London Games, Phelps capped his illustrious career with four gold medals – including individual titles in the 200-meter individual medley and 100 butterfly and relay wins in the 4×200 freestyle and 4×100 medley. He also added silver medals in the 200 butterfly and the 4×100 freestyle relay. It was a fitting exclamation point to Phelps’ career that spanned four Olympic Games. Phelps concluded the 2012 Games as the most successful swimmer of the meet for a third consecutive time. In his final season, Phelps also earned the 2011-12 USA Swimming Grand Prix Series title and collected seven medals at the 2012 FINA World Championships.


U.S. Women’s Eight, Olympic Team of the Year
With a gold medal at the 2012 Olympic Games, the women’s eight – Erin Cafaro (Modesto, Calif.), Caryn Davies (Ithaca, N.Y.), Susan Francia (Abington, Pa.), Caroline Lind (Greensboro, N.C.), Esther Lofgren (Newport Beach, Calif.), Eleanor Logan (Boothbay Harbor, Maine), Meghan Musnicki (Naples, N.Y.), Taylor Ritzel (Larkspur, Colo.) and Mary Whipple (Orangevale, Calif.) – continued its historic run that includes seven straight world championships and three consecutive Olympic medals. The U.S. defended the gold in London, finishing the course in 6:10.59, nearly two seconds ahead of the field. It was a fitting culmination to a year that saw the U.S. fortify its championship dynasty on the world stage. The team set the course record at the 2011 Henley Royal Regatta to claim the Remenham Challenge Cup and won gold at the 2011 World Rowing Cup in Lucerne, Switzerland. At the 2012 World Cup, the team set a world record in its defeat over Canada. The women’s eight continued its winning tradition with a gold-medal finish at the 2011 World Rowing Championships in Slovenia to qualify for London. All nine athletes in the boat are ranked among the top 16 most-medaled female athletes in U.S. history at the world championship and Olympic levels.

Jessica Long, Paralympic SportsWoman of the Year
U.S. Paralympic swimming standout Jessica Long collected eight medals at the 2012 Paralympic Games to tie for the most of any athlete and bring her total Paralympic medal count to 17 over three Games. The 20-year-old grabbed gold in five events in London, including the 100-meter butterfly (S8), 400 freestyle (S8), 100 breaststroke (SB7), 200 individual medley (SM8) and 100 freestyle (S8). She also claimed silver in the 100 backstroke (S8) and the 4×100 freestyle relay (34 points), and bronze in the 4×100 medley relay (34 points). Long also lowered her world-record times in the 100 and 400 freestyle and has won both events at three consecutive Paralympic Games. She punched her ticket to London after winning seven events and breaking five world records at the 2012 U.S Paralympic Trails. She returned to the international stage with high hopes in London after capturing nine gold medals and four world records at the 2011 Pan-Pacific Paralympic Swimming Championships. Swimming World Magazine named Long Disabled Swimmer of the Year in 2011, and in 2012, she won her second ESPY Award for Best Female Athlete with a Disability.

Raymond Martin, Paralympic SportsMan of the Year
In his first Paralympic Games, 18-year-old Raymond Martin struck nothing but gold, winning every event he entered in London. Competing in the T52 class, Martin secured Team USA’s first track & field gold of the Games after winning the 100 meters. He then cruised to victory in the 400, before securing the top podium spot in the 800. The 200-meter world-record holder then completed his sweep of the sprint events, posting a time of 30.25 seconds in the 200, his premier event. Martin entered the Games with high expectations after taking top honors in the 200, 400 and 800 meters at the 2012 U.S. Paralympic Trials, where he set a world record and an American record in the 200 and 800. Martin’s 2011-12 campaign was also highlighted by four medals – including two golds and two silvers – at the 2011 Parapan American Games, followed by a record-shattering performance at the Swiss Series, where he set national records in the 200 and 400.


U.S. Men’s Quad Doubles Wheelchair Tennis Team, Paralympic Team of the Year
The U.S. men’s quad doubles tennis team of Nick Taylor (Wichita, Kan.) and David Wagner (Hillsboro, Ore.) captured its third consecutive gold medal at the London 2012 Paralympic Games. The winning duo, which has dominated the field since quad doubles was introduced at the 2004 Paralympic Games, outlasted favorites Andrew Lapthorne and Peter Norfolk of Great Britain, 6-2, 5-7, 6-2, to defend its title. Taylor and Wagner opened the 2011-12 campaign by aiding the U.S. to its seventh world team cup championship last May. Four months later, the duo combined to win its seventh grand slam doubles title at the 2011 U.S. Open. Prior to the Games, the pair finished third at the 2012 World Team Cup. In addition to winning doubles gold at the London Games, Taylor and Wagner each medaled in the individual competition, with Wagner claiming silver and bringing his total medal count to five, and Taylor earning bronze to improve his medal count to four overall.



The USOC SportsMan and SportsWoman of the Year awards have been presented annually to the top overall male and female athletes from USOC member organizations since 1974. In 1996, a team category was added to recognize the outstanding achievements of team members who might not otherwise have been eligible for individual awards. The Paralympian of the Year award was introduced in 2004, and the category was expanded to the Paralympic SportsWoman, SportsMan and Team of the Year awards in 2009. Winners are selected from the female, male and team of the year nominations of the National Governing Bodies for the Olympic, Paralympic, Pan American and Parapan American Games sports, as well as select, designated entities within the U.S. Olympic Movement.


USOC SportsMan of the Year                                    

1974 Jim Bolding, Track & Field                                  

1975 Clinton Jackson, Boxing                                      

1976 John Naber, Swimming                                      

1977 Eric Heiden, Speedskating                                

1978 Bruce Davidson, Equestrian                             

1979 Eric Heiden, Speedskating                                

1980 Eric Heiden, Speedskating                                

1981 Scott Hamilton, Figure Skating                        

1982 Greg Louganis, Diving                                         

1983 Rick McKinney, Archery                                     

1984 Edwin Moses, Track & Field                              

1985 Willie Banks, Track & Field                                 

1986 Matt Biondi, Swimming                                      

1987 Greg Louganis, Diving                                         

1988 Matt Biondi, Swimming                                      

1989 Roger Kingdom, Track & Field                          

1990 John Smith, Wrestling                         

1991 Carl Lewis, Track & Field                                     

1992 Pablo Morales, Swimming                                                

1993 Michael Johnson, Track & Field                       

1994 Dan Jansen, Speedskating                                

1995 Michael Johnson, Track & Field                       

1996 Michael Johnson, Track & Field                       

1997 Pete Sampras, Tennis                                         

1998 Jonny Moseley, Skiing                                        

1999 Lance Armstrong, Cycling                                  

2000 Rulon Gardner,Wrestling                                  

2001 Lance Armstrong, Cycling                                  

2002 Lance Armstrong, Cycling                                  

2003 Lance Armstrong, Cycling                                  

2004 Michael Phelps, Swimming                               

2005 Hunter Kemper, Triathlon                                 

2006 Joey Cheek, Speedskating                                

2007 Tyson Gay, Track & Field                                    

2008 Michael Phelps, Swimming                               

2009 Todd Lodwick, Nordic Combined                   

2010 Evan Lysacek, Figure Skating                            

2011-12 Michael Phelps, Swimming                         ‘


USOC SportsWoman of the Year
1974 Shirley Babashoff, Swimming
1975 Kathy Heddy, Swimming
1976 Sheila Young, Speedskating
1977 Linda Fratianne, Figure Skating
1978 Tracy Caulkins, Swimming
1979 Cynthia “Sippy” Woodhead, Swimming
1980 Beth Heiden, Speedskating
1981 Sheila Young Ochowicz, Cycling/Speedskating
1982 Melanie Smith, Equestrian
1983 Tamara McKinney, Skiing
1984 Tracy Caulkins, Swimming
1985 Mary Decker Slaney, Track & Field
1986 Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Track & Field
1987 Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Track & Field
1988 Florence Griffith Joyner, Track & Field

1989 Janet Evans, Swimming

1990 Lynn Jennings, Track & Field

1991 Kim Zmeskal, Gymnastics

1992 Bonnie Blair, Speedskating

1993 Gail Devers, Track & Field

1994 Bonnie Blair, Speedskating

1995 Picabo Street, Skiing

1996 Amy Van Dyken, Swimming

1997 Tara Lipinski, Figure Skating

1998 Picabo Street, Skiing

1999 Jenny Thompson, Swimming

2000 Marion Jones, Track & Field

2001 Jennifer Capriati, Tennis

2002 Sarah Hughes, Figure Skating

2003 Michelle Kwan, Figure Skating

2004 Carly Patterson, Gymnastics

2005 Katie Hoff, Swimming

2006 Hannah Teter, Snowboarding

2007 Katie Hoff, Swimming

2008 Natalie Coughlin, Swimming and Nastia Liukin, Gymnastics

2009 Lindsey Vonn, Skiing

2010 Lindsey Vonn, Skiing

2011-12 Allyson Felix, Track & Field

USOC Olympic Team of the Year             

1996 Women’s National/Olympic Basketball Team  

1997 Women’s National Soccer Team    

1998 Women’s Olympic Ice Hockey Team            

1999 Women’s National Soccer Team    

2000 Baseball Olympic Team

2001 Postal Service Cycling Team             

2002 Women’s Bobsled Team   

2003 Women’s Gymnastics Team

2004 Olympic Softball Team

2005 Men’s Badminton Doubles Team of Howard Bach and Tony Gunawan

2006 Men’s Olympic Curling Team

2007 Women’s World Championships Gymnastics Team

2008 Men’s National Volleyball Team

2009 Steven Holcomb’s Four-Man Bobsled Team

2010 USA I Four-Man Bobsled Team
2011-12 Women’s Eight Rowing Team


USOC Paralympian of the Year

2004 Erin Popovich, Swimming

2005 Laurie Stephens, Skiing

2006 Jessica Long, Swimming

2007 Jessica Galli, Track & Field

2008 Erin Popovich, Swimming


USOC Paralympic SportsMan of the Year             

2009 Steve Cash, Sled Hockey                                   

2010 Taylor Chace, Sled Hockey                

2011-12 Raymond Martin, Track & Field                


USOC Paralympic SportsWoman of the Year
2009 Stephani Victor, Skiing
2010 Alana Nichols, Skiing
2011-12 Jessica Long, Swimming


USOC Paralympic Team of the Year

2009 National Sled Hockey Team

2010 Paralympic Sled Hockey Team

2011-12 Men’s Quad Doubles Wheelchair Tennis Team


For more information on the 2011-12 U.S. Olympic and Paralympic athlete and team awards, visit TeamUSA.org and USParalympics.org.

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Updates on the London 2012 Paralympic Games

Brad Snyder elected U.S. flag bearer for
London 2012 Paralympic Games Closing Ceremony

LONDON – U.S. Paralympic swimmer Brad Snyder was selected today to serve as the United States’ flag bearer for the Sept. 9 Closing Ceremony of the London 2012 Paralympic Games, the United States Olympic Committee announced. Snyder was chosen by a vote of fellow members of the 2012 U.S. Paralympic Team.

“This Games experience is the result of all of my support from my family, friends, coaches and countless others. The medals don’t mean anything to me, but they are a thank you to my support network and my team,” Snyder said. “To be able to carry the flag for my team, my country, that is what means a lot to me.”

U.S. Navy Lieutenant Snyder (St. Petersburg, Fla.), a three-time medalist at the Games, was serving in Afghanistan in September 2011 when he stepped on improvised explosive device (IED). The blast, which occurred on Sept. 7, 2011, blinded Snyder.

A graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, Snyder returned to the pool following his injury in a U.S. Paralympic supported program operated by BlazeSports America.  While in rehab in Augusta, GA, Brad was introduced to Fred Lamback, BlazeSports Head SwimCoach.  Brad had not been in a pool since his injury.  Fred Lamback worked with Brad 3-4days a week for months to prepare him for his first disability swim meet.

Brad celebrated the one year anniversary of the blast by winning the gold medal in the 400-meter freestyle (S11). It was his second gold of the Games.

The toughest part of rehab was being taken out of the fight, not being able to serve anymore, not the way that I used to,” he said. “To be able to come out here and to keep in the fight and keep going and keep inspiring, and keep perpetuating some goodwill for our country means a lot. And to be able to carry that flag for my team (tomorrow)… that’s probably the best thing to come away from this experience.”

A month after he competed at the 2012 Warrior Games presented by Deloitte, a competition for wounded, ill and injured service members held in May in Colorado Springs, Colo., he made his first U.S. Paralympic Team in June. One of 20 U.S. military veterans and service members of the 2012 roster, Snyder has won two golds and one silver in London, inspiring fans around the world with his spirit.

“Congratulations to Brad Snyder on being named the United States flag bearer for the Closing Ceremony,” said USOC CEO Scott Blackmun. “As the Games come to a close in London, where the Paralympic Movement began in 1948 with wounded World War II veterans, it is especially fitting to have one of our nation’s finest service members carry the Stars and Stripes into this celebration of humanity. Last September, Brad lost his sight in an IED explosion while serving our country in Afghanistan. Now he represents our country as one of the world’s greatest swimmers. His service on the battle field has been extraordinary and I am excited he now wears the colors of our nation on the field of play.”


Day 11: Sunday, September 9

Day 11 the final day of the 2012 London Paralympic Games had a Georgia athlete in the marathon and Team USA Soccer in a playoff for 7th/8th place.

Krige Schabort (Cedartown) was the top Team USA finisher of six USA athletes and 32 total competitors in the T54 division of the marathon.  Krige finished with a time of 1:33.05, less than three minutes behind the Gold medal winner, David Weir of Great Britain who crossed the finish line in 1:30.20. Other Team USA members finished 16th, 20th, 24th, 25th and 28th.

Team USA Soccer faces off against Great Britain for the playoff for 7th/8th place in the soccer tournament.  Great Britain had beaten Team USA in the prelims, 4-0. Team USA played better and finally was able to get on the scoreboard with a goal form Rene Renteria. Team USA settles for 8th place after a 3-1 loss.


Day 10: Saturday, September 8

Day 10 saw Blazers and Georgia Athletes with competition in swimming and track and field.

Bradley Snyder (FL) returned to the Aquatic Center for his final event of the London Paralympics. As in each of his previous events, Brad had to swim in the morning to qualify for finals held later in the day. In the prelims of the S11 200m, Brad swam 2:31.29 to qualify fourth for the finals.  Later in the finals, he swam faster with a final time of 2:29.80 to place 6th in a very fast field of S11 swimmers.              

David Prince (Marietta) and Jarryd Wallace (Athens) ran in the final of the T44 400 meters along with Team USA member Blake Leeper  and the world famous Oscar Pistorius.  As expected Pistorius won Gold with a new Paralympic record of 46.68. The surprise was Blake Leeper and David Prince winning Silver and Bronze respectively. Leeper as T43 set a Regional Record and David Prince as a T44 set a new World Record. Jarryd Wallace finished 6th with a time of 53.90.

Day 11: Previews of Sunday, September 9

Team USA Soccer faces off against Great Britain for the playoff for 7th/8th place in the soccer tournament.  Great Britain beat Team USA in the prelims, 4-0.

The marathon is customarily the closing event in the Olympic and Paralympic Games and on Sunday of the closing day of the 2012 London Paralympics, there will be no exception.  Krige Schabort (Cedartown) will be one of six USA athletes and 32 total competitors in the wheelchair portion of the marathon.


Day 9: Friday, September 7

Day 9 was a busy day for Blazers and Georgia Athletes with competition in swimming, soccer and track and field.

Bradley Snyder (FL) returned to the Aquatic Center a day after finishing 4th in the S11 100m Butterfly. For the second day in a row Brad started the day by setting the standard to beat in the preliminary heats. Today’s race was the S11 400m Free and his prelim time of 4:33.7was a full 15 seconds faster than the #2 seed.  The finals today would be a different story for Brad. Today was Brad’s day and a dominated the race, finishing with a GOLD medal performance of 4:32.41 more than 5 seconds faster than the second place finisher.


 Curtis Lovejoy (Atlanta) swam in his final event of the London Paralympic Games, the S2 50m Free.  Curtis swam well enough to advance to the finals with a time of 1:10.44. In the finals Curtis swam a little slower and finished 8th with a time of 1:13.45.

David Prince (Marietta) and Jarryd Wallace (Athens) ran in the heats of the T44 400 meters with hopes to make Saturday’s final. They both drew Heat 2 and raced against the famous Oscar Pistorius. David and Jarryd joined Team USA member Blake Leeper (TN) and all qualified for tomorrow’s final.

Cassie Mitchell (Atlanta) competed in the combined F51/5/2/53 Discus and had the best throw of the eight competitors in the event with a throw of 12.96 meters. However, since it is a combined event with athletes of different classes, a point scale is used.  Cassie’s throw only earned her 751 points which placed her 4th, just behind Team USA member Zena Cole with 771 points.

Day 10: Previews of Saturday, September 8

Brad Snyder (FL) swims his final race of the London Paralympics and hopes to add to his 2 GOLD and 1 SILVER medal with a medal in the S11 200m IM.

David Prince (Marietta) and Jarryd Wallace (Athens) join Team USA member Blake Leeper (TN) in the finals of the T44 400 meters.  Team USA runners are seeded 2nd, 4th and 6th.

Day 11: Previews of Sunday, September 9

The marathon is customarily the closing event in the Olympic and Paralympic Games and on Sunday of the closing day of the 2012 London Paralympics, there will be no exception.  Krige Schabort (Cedartown) will be one of several USA athletes in the marathon.

The London 2012 Organizing Committee (LOCOG today confirmed that the London 2012 Paralympic Marathon will start and finish in The Mall in central London.


Day 8: Thursday, September 6

Day 8 was a slower day for Blazers and Georgia Athletes with competition in only swimming and track and field.

Lantz Lamback (Augusta) moved from his GOLD medal Paralympic record performance in the 50m Free to the long distance of the S7 400m Free. Lantz qualified for the finals with a third place time in Heat 2 of 4:59.47. Later in the day he improved his time to 4:56.87 to place 6th.

Bradley Snyder (FL) returned to the Aquatic Center after a rare day with no events and used the rest to his advantage. He started the day by setting the standard to beat in the preliminary heats of the S11 100m butterfly with a time of 1:05.12. Only four swimmers were able to break the 1:06.00 barrier in the prelims.  The finals were another story. The swimmers from the Ukraine and Spain swam sub 1:04 and Japanese swimmer  swam sub 1:05. Brad finished 4th with a time of 1:05.42.

Ce-Ce Mazyck (SC) in her first Paralympic Games competed in the F58 javelin against an experienced field. Ce-Ce threw 15.45 meters placing 13th

Ce-Ce Mazyck throws the javelin

Day 9: Previews of Friday, September 7

Brad Snyder and Curtis Lovejoy (Atlanta) return to the Aquatics Center for the 400m Free and the 50m Free respectively.

David Prince and Jarryd Wallace both run in the heats of the 400 meters.

Cassie Mitchell (Atlanta) switches from track to field and competes in the discus throw.


Day 7: Wednesday, September 5

Day 7 will be a busy day for Blazers and Georgia Athletes who saw competition in archery, boccia, goalball, soccer, swimming and track.

After a week of practice and scouting out his competition Austin Hanson (Topeka, KS) began play in the Boccia BC3 Individual division round of 32.


Austin started strong with a 6-1 win over Keita Kato of Japan.  Austin advanced to the 1/16 Finals to play Paul Gauthier of Canada. Gauthier was too much for Austin and Gauthier advanced with a 7-1 win over Austin.

McKenzie Coan (Clarkesville) was scheduled to swim the SM8 200m IM, but because other Team USA swimmers were reclassified, McKenzie had to give up her spot in the 200 IM to faster US swimmers. Team USA did qualify all three SM8 swimmers for the finals.  Jessica set a new Paralympic Record and won the GOLD medal with a time of 2:37.09, a new Paralympic record Mallory Weggemann, McKenzie’s replaced finished 6th.

Curtis Lovejoy (Atlanta) returned to the Aquatic Center for his third event, the 50m backstroke. He swam a 1:16.06 and did not advance to the final.

Amanda Dennis (Peachtree City) and the USA Women’s Goalball Team hopes for a medal ended today when they faced top ranked China in the first quarterfinal. China dominated from start to finish and won 5-0. Amanda had a great tournament with significant playing time. At 18 years of age, she certainly represents the future of USA Women’s Goalball.

The USA Soccer team faced Great Britain in their third match of the Group B Pool play.  Both teams were 0-2, each losing to both Ukraine and Brazil. Team USA played a better match against Great Britain, but lost 0-4. They play in the 5-8 Semi-finals on Friday, September 7 against the 1-2 team from the Netherlands.


Cassie Mitchell (Atlanta) returned to the track to compete in the T52 100m dash. She was joined by Team USA members Kerry Morgan and Cheryl Leitner. Cassie set a Personal Record in the race finishing 4th, just 12/100 of a second behind teammate Kerry Morgan who won the Bronze medal.

Day 8: Previews of Thursday, September 6

Lantz Lamback (Augusta)  and Brad Snyder return to the Aquatics Center for the 400m Free and the 100m Butterfly respectively.

After a week of practice time, Army Airborne Veteran Centra (Ce-Ce) Mazyck (Columbia, SC) competes in the javelin.


Day 6: Tuesday, September 4

Lamback Wins GOLD!

Day 6 in London belonged to Lantz Lamback (Augusta). The title of World Fastest Swimmer (S7) was on the line. Lantz led the way into the finals with the fastest qualifying time of 28.45. Lantz also had a blistering 29.5 50m split yesterday as part of his 100m Free Bronze medal performance. For the final, Lantz was assigned lane 4, with his chief competition, Matthew Walker of Great Britain in lane 5 and Shiyun Pan of China in lane 2. The race was over before you could read the names of the 8 swimmers in the race. Lantz swam his third consecutive 50m faster than the previous and won the GOLD with a new Paralympic record of 27.84, just missing the world record of 27.67. Congrats Lantz!

Lantz Lamback wins Gold

Lantz on the podium with gold medal

The only other competition on Day 6 for Georgia athletes was Women’s Goalball. Amanda Dennis (Peachtree City) and Team USA had a tough defensive battle against Team Canada and lost 0-1. Team USA finished pool play 2-2 and were one of eight teams advance to Wednesday’s quarter-finals.

Day 7: Previews of Wednesday, September 5

Day 7 will be a busy day for Blazers and Georgia Athletes who will see competition in archery, boccia, goalball, soccer, swimming and track.


After a week of practice and scouting out his competition Austin Hanson (Topeka, KS) begins play in the BC3 Individual division round of 32.



McKenzie Coan (Clarkesville) was scheduled to swim the SM8 200m IM, but because other Team USA swimmers were reclassified, McKenzie had to give up her spot in the 200 IM to faster US swimmers. Curtis Lovejoy (Atlanta) will return to the Aquatic Center for his third event, the 50m backstroke.

Amanda Dennis (Peachtree City) and the USA Women’s Goalball Team will face top ranked China in the 9:00 am quarterfinal.
9:00 Women’s – Quarterfinals 1


United States

The other three quarterfinals on Wednesday, September 5 are:
10:30 Women’s – Quarterfinals 2


12:45 Women’s – Quarterfinals 3

Great Britain

14:15 Women’s – Quarterfinals 4



The USA Soccer team will face Great Britain in their third match of the tournament.

Lee Ford (Perry) will return to the Archery venue for Open Team Recurve.

Cassie Mitchell (Atlanta) returns to the track to compete in the T52 100m dash


Day 5: Monday, September 3

The Blazers and Georgia Paralympic swimmers Bradley Snyder (FL), Lantz Lamback (Augusta) and Curtis Lovejoy head up  Day 5 of competition at the Aquatic Center.  Amanda Dennis and the Women’s Goalball squad played Australia, while the Team USA Soccer competed against Brazil.

Lantz Lamback (Augusta) raced in the S7 100 m Free and had the fastest qualifying time in the prelims with a 1:02.33.   Later he swam in a very fast final, improving his time to 1:01.50 and setting a new America Record and winning the Bronze Medal, Lantz first medal in London.

Bradley Snyder(FL) competed in his fourth event in four days. Today’s race was the S11, 100m Breaststroke. Brad qualified for the finals with a time of1:21.97. Later in the finals he swam a faster 1:19.48 and finished 6th.


Curtis Lovejoy (Atlanta) swam in his second event, the S2 100m Free. Curtis swam a 2:37.15 and did not qualify for the finals.

Team USA Soccer continued with offensive difficulties and lost in a tough match against Brazil, 0-8.

Amanda Dennis and the 1-1Women’s Goalball Team took on 0-2 Australia in continued Pool Play. Australia had lost to Canada and Japan by identical scores 1-3. Team USA had a 5-1 win over Sweden and a 1-2 loss to Japan.  As the youngest player on the Team, Amanda is getting the third most playing time and doing a great job in her defensive role. Team USA scored their first shutout today and beat Australia 3-0. Their next match will be against Canada tomorrow to decide which team moves on to the quarter finals.

Day 6: Previews of Tuesday, September 4

The Blazers Lantz Lamback (Augusta) and McKenzie Coan will be the only Georgia swimmers in action on Day 6. Lantz swims one of his best races, the 50m free, while McKenzie will swim the 100m back. Amanda Dennis and the USA Goalball team will face Canada to determine you will advance to the quarter-finals.


London Paralympics Day 4

Day 4: Sunday, September 2

Day 4 was a short day for Blazers with only two swimmers in action.

Bradley Snyder (FL), competed in his third event in three days. Today’s race was the S11100m Backstroke. Brad qualified for the finals with a time of …Later in the day he swam a 1:09.62 and finished 5th.

Lantz Lamback (Augusta) raced in the 200IM with USA Team member Rudy Garcia-Tolson.  Both Lantz and Rudy qualified for the finals. Rudy did so with a new world record. Lantz swam more than 4 seconds faster in the finals of the200IM to earn a 7th place finish. Rudy went on to win the Silver medal and set a new America record.

Day 5: Previews of Monday September 4

The Blazers and Georgia Paralympic swimmers Bradley Snyder (FL), Lantz Lamback (Augusta) and Curtis Lovejoy head up Day 5 of competition at the Aquatic Center. Amanda Dennis and the Women’s Goalball squad will meet Australia, while the Team USA Soccer competes against Brazil.


London Paralympics Day 3

BlazeSports, Shepherd Center and Georgia Athletes

Snyder wins second medal in second race!

Bradley Snyder continues to have outstanding performances as Georgia Blazers and Georgia athletes saw continued action in Archery, Goalball, Swimming and Track & Field. The Team USA Soccer squad opened their Paralympic campaign against the Ukraine.

Day 3: Saturday, September 1

Lee Ford (Perry), had a great round in the 1/16 Eliminations and beat Katharina Schett of Germany to advance to the 1/8 Eliminations. There she faced tough competition from Yan Huilian of China and lost 6-4 and was unable to advance to the quarter-finals.

Amanda Dennis (Peachtree City), and the Team USA Women’s Goalball squad lost tough match to Japan 2-1.  They will go into Monday must win match against Australia with a 1-1 pool play record.

Bradley Snyder   (FL), followed up his an outstanding semi-final swim in the S11 100m freestyle (Paralympic Record and Gold Medal) with a second medal in as many races. Today’s event was the S11 50 Free and his chief competition continued to be Bozun Yang of China who placed second to Brad in the 100 Free. Today they would switch places and Brad would win the Silver medal with a time of 25.93

Curtis Lovejoy (Atlanta) had his first event in his 5th Paralympic Games and finished 8th in the S2 200 meter free with a time of 5:47.15

Team USA Soccer squad opened their Paralympic campaign in front of a sold out crowd against a very experienced Ukraine squad and lost 9-0.

Veteran, Scott Winkler, ended Day 3 of competition by scoring 902 points with a throw of 10.35 meters in the combined F54/55/56 shot put.

Day 3: Previews of Saturday September 1

Swimmers Bradley Snyder (FL) and Curtis Lovejoy (Atlanta) will be competing at the Aquatic Center. Amanda Dennis and the undefeated Team USA Goalball squad competes against Japan.  Team USA Soccer squad opens their Paralympic campaign against the Ukraine.  Veteran, Scott Winkler, goes for the gold in the F55 shot put.

Day 1 and 2 Updates:

London Paralympics Day 1 & 2

BlazeSports, Shepherd Center and Georgia Athletes

Georgia Blazers and Georgia athletes helped start the action off for Team USA. Georgia athletes saw action in Archery, Goalball, Swimming and Track & Field.

Day 1: Thursday, August 30

Lee Ford (Perry), the only female archery on Team USA shot a 417 to place 19th in the ranking round.

Lee Ford

Amanda Dennis

Amanda Dennis (Peachtree City), the young member of the Goalball team at the age of 18, helped gold medal favorites, Team USA, to a 5-1 win over Sweden.

Three-time Paralympian, Lantz Lamback (Augusta), saw his first action in the Paralympic Aquatic Center in the S7 100 meter Backstroke.  Lantz did not have a good swim and just missed the final with a 9th place finish of 1:15.49.

Lantz Lamback

Day 2: Friday, August 31, 2012

Lantz Lamback (Augusta) was back in the pool on Day 2 swimming the S7 50m Fly. Lantz had a better qualifying swim and advanced to the final with a time of 33.76. He placed 6th in a very fast final, but recorded a new America record of 32.97.

Fourteen year old McKenzie Coan (Clarksville) made her Paralympic debut in the S8 400m freestyle. McKenzie swam a Personal Record by more than 10 seconds in the semi-finals with a time of 5:17.94 to place 4th going into the evening finals. Team USA member Jessica Long led the way in the 400m with a Paralympic Record of 4:44.52. In the finals, McKenzie learned why the Paralympic Games are toughest competition in the world. She swam well and finished in 6th place with a time of 5:20.59. Congratulations McKenzie, 6th in the world at the age of 14!

McKenzie Coan

Bradley Snyder

Bradley Snyder   (FL), the third member of the Blaze Aquatic Trio also made his Paralympic debut on Friday.  Brad had an outstanding semi-final swim in the S11 100m freestyle and set a new Paralympic Record with a time of 57.18 to qualify 1st going into the evenings final. Like McKenzie, Brad found out that semi-final/final double in the same day at the Paralympic level is a tough double.  Brad finished Day 1 of Paralympic swimming competition with a first place time of 57:43 in the 100m free and a GOLD medal!

Krige Schabort ( Cedartown) of the Shepherd Center raced in the T54 5000m track qualifying round,  with only the top three finishers qualifying for the finals.  He Krige placed 6th in Heat 3, but his time of 11:30.77 was faster than each of the three qualifiers from Heat 2. Krige will also be racing in the marathon.

Krige Schabort

Austin Hanson

Austin Hanson (Topeka, KS) got his first chance to practice in the Paralympic Boccia venue. Austin starts competition on September 6.


Opening of the 2012 Paralympics:

BlazeSports' Ann Cody was part of the torch relay before the games

The Paralympic Torch during Opening Ceremonies


11.2 million watch the London 2012 Paralympic Games Opening Ceremonies
The Ceremony at the Olympic Stadium, which was directed by Jenny Sealey and Bradley Hemmings and finished in the early hours of this morning, has received rave reviews after it featured spectacular music, dance and firework displays alongside a rare public appearance from internationally acclaimed and celebrated British scientist Professor Stephen Hawking.

For more information: http://www.insidethegames.biz/olympics/summer-olympics/2012/18402-more-than-11-million-watch-paralympic-opening-ceremony-on-channel-4-amid-protests-over-adverts

The view of the Paralympic Stadium as Team USA waits to enter for Opening Ceremonies.

Ce-Ce Mazyck waiting for Opening Ceremonies of her first Paralympic Games.

How to follow our Athletes

U.S. Paralympics YouTube Channel

Beginning on Aug. 29 and continuing through the conclusion of the Games on Sept. 9, U.S. Paralympics will provide 10 daily video highlights packages via its U.S. Paralympics YouTube channel. The videos will chronicle the competition, athlete stories and will also include the Opening and Closing Ceremonies.


International Paralympic Committee live stream

The IPC, the global governing body of the Paralympic Movement, also recently announced its online coverage plans for the 2012 Paralympic Games, which will include broadcasting 580 hours of live sport from London 2012 on Paralympic.org during the competition.

During each day of London 2012, the website will broadcast four streams of uninterrupted live coverage from the Paralympics with English commentary, including daily coverage of swimming, wheelchair basketball and athletics, while a fourth channel will cover a range of sports. www.USParalympics.org

Networks of NBCUniversal

In addition to the online content, NBC Sports Network (NBCSN) will air one-hour highlight shows on Sept. 4, 5, 6 and 11 at 7 p.m. EDT. Following the Paralympic Games, on Sept. 16, NBC will broadcast a 90 minute special from 2-3:30 p.m. EDT. All NBC and NBC Sports Network Paralympic highlight shows and specials will re-air on Universal Sports Network and UniversalSports.com.

Meet our Athletes

Meet Team USA

Georgia Athletes’ Competition Schedule

August 30th

Lee Ford   Archery   Ranking Round           W. Ind. Recurve

Amanda Dennis  Goalball  USA v SWE           Women’s

Lantz Lamback  Swimming  100m Backstroke          S7


August 31st

Lantz Lamback  Swimming  50m Fly            S7

McKenzie Coan  Swimming  400m Freestyle            S8

Bradley Snyder  Swimming  100m Freestyle           S11

Krige Schabort  Track and Field  5000m Heat           T54


September 1st

Lee Ford   Archery   Last 16 and Last 8          W. Ind Recurve

Team USA  7 a side Football USA v Ukraine           Men’s

Amanda Dennis  Goalball  USA v Japan           Women’s

Bradley Snyder  Swimming  50m Freestyle           S11

Curtis Lovejoy  Swimming  200m Freestyle           S2

Scott Winkler  Track and Field  Shot Put Final            F55


September 2nd

Lee Ford   Archery   Quarter Finals           W. Ind Recurve

Bradley Snyder  Swimming  100m Backstroke          S11

Lantz Lamback  Swimming  200m IM           SM7

Krige Schabort  Track and Field  5000m Final           T54


September 3rd

Lee Ford   Archery   Semi Finals/Finals          W. Ind Recurve

Team USA  7 a side Football USA v Brazil           Men’s

Amanda Dennis  Goalball  USA v Australia           Women’s

Bradley Snyder  Swimming  100m Breaststroke        SB11

Lantz Lamback  Swimming  100m Freestyle           S7

Curtis Lovejoy  Swimming  200m Freestyle           S2


September 4th

Lantz Lamback  Swimming  50m Freestyle           S7

McKenzie Coan  Swimming  100m Backstroke           S8


For accurate times of all events visit: www.london2012.com/paralympics/schedule-and-results




September 5th

Lee Ford   Archery   Team Recurve Open      W. Team Recurve

Austin Hanson  Boccia   Round of 32           BC3 Ind.

Team USA  7 a side Football USA v Great Britain       Men’s

Amanda Dennis  Goalball  Quarter Final           Women’s

McKenzie Coan  Swimming  200m IM           SM8

Curtis Lovejoy  Swimming  50m Backstroke           S2


September 6th

Austin Hanson  Boccia   Round of 16           BC3 Ind.

Amanda Dennis  Goalball  Semi Final           Women’s

Bradley Snyder  Swimming  100m Butterfly           S11

Lantz Lamback  Swimming  400m Freestyle           S7

Centra Mazyck  Track and Field  Javelin Final           F58


September 7th

Austin Hanson  Boccia   Semi Final           BC3 Ind.

Team USA  7 a side Football Semi Final           Men’s

Amanda Dennis  Goalball  Final                    Women’s

Bradley Snyder  Swimming  400m Freestyle           S11

Curtis Lovejoy  Swimming  50m Freestyle           S2

David Prince  Track and Field  400m Heat           T44

Jarryd Wallace  Track and Field  400m Heat           T44


September 8th

Austin Hanson  Boccia   Final            BC3 Ind.

Bradley Snyder  Swimming  200m IM           SM11

David Prince  Track and Field  400m Final           T44

Jarryd Wallace  Track and Field  400m Final           T44


September 9th

Team USA  7 a side Football Final            Men’s

Krige Schabort  Track and Field  Marathon           T54


For accurate times of all events visit: www.london2012.com/paralympics/schedule-and-results

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