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.
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!
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
The other three quarterfinals on Wednesday, September 5 are:
10:30 Women’s – Quarterfinals 2
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.
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.
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!
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.
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:
11.2 million watch the London 2012 Paralympic Games Opening Ceremonies
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U.S. Paralympics YouTube Channel
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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
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Georgia Athletes’ Competition Schedule
Lee Ford Archery Ranking Round W. Ind. Recurve
Amanda Dennis Goalball USA v SWE Women’s
Lantz Lamback Swimming 100m Backstroke S7
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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