The Tokyo Paralympics Are Here. These Are Some Of The Sports And Athletes To Watch



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Flag bearers Melissa Stockwell and Charles Aoki of Team USA lead their delegation in the parade of athletes during the opening ceremony of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games on August 24, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan.

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The Tokyo Paralympic Games Have The Most Athletes — And The Most Women — In History

So what should you be tuning into over the next dozen days? Here’s the full schedule, and a couple suggestions of events and athletes to watch:

Badminton and Taekwondo make their Paralympic debut

These are the first Games to include badminton and taekwondo, which is the Paralympics’ first full-contact sport ever. Badminton events start on Sept. 1, with medal events beginning Sept. 4. You can catch taekwondo starting on Sept. 2.

Six-time Paralympian Tatyana McFadden will hit the track

Team USA calls McFadden its «undisputed queen of the track.» The wheelchair racer is a 17-time medalist in several events, including Nordic skiing in 2014.

And while she’s won many of the world’s Marathon Major races, she hasn’t yet claimed a Paralympic gold medal. She’ll be trying for it on Sept. 5.

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Tatyana McFadden, center, and Jenna Fesemyer of the United States compete in the Women’s 5000 Meter Run T53/54 Wheelchair final during the 2021 U.S. Paralympic Trials at Breck High School on June 18, 2021 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. McFadden has won 17 Paralympic medals and is looking to pick up more in Tokyo.

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Hailey Danz (nee Danisewicz), Allysa Seely and Melissa Stockwell pose for photographers after sweeping the first three places in the women’s triathlon PT2 at Fort Copacabana during the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games on Sept. 11, 2016, in Brazil. They are among the six U.S. athletes that swept the podium in Rio and are competing again in Tokyo.

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  • Oksana Masters won a bronze medal in rowing in 2012, then seven more medals as a cross-country skier and biathlete. These are her second games as a handcyclist, and she hopes it will be her first medal in the sport. (Team USA notes that the only other U.S. athlete with three sports to their name is cross-country skier, biathlete and marathoner Aaron Pike — who is also her boyfriend.) There’s more than one power couple at this Olympics!

    Plus, U.S. athlete Blake Haxton will compete in two sports: rowing (as he did in Rio 2016) and sprint canoe.

    Learn more about Team USA here.

    This story originally appeared on the Morning Edition live blog.

    • Tokyo Paralympics
    • 2021 Tokyo Olympics
    • Team USA
    • Athletes



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