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Two athletes with visual impairments nominated to U.S. Paralympic Team

(Item posted 02/14/2014)

As the 2014 Olympic Winter Games began last week in Sochi, Russia, U.S. Paralympics, a division of the United States Olympic Committee (USOC), was selecting its Nordic ski team for the 2014 U.S. Paralympic Team. Nearly triple the number of athletes U.S. Paralympics sent to the 2010 games in Vancouver were nominated: 16 athletes, two of whom are visually impaired, and 2 guides were chosen to compete in biathlon and cross-country skiing at the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, which will take place March 7–16, 2014. "We are thrilled to bring such a large team of athletes and professional staff to Sochi," said John Farra, high performance director for U.S. Paralympics Nordic skiing. "We have made a concerted effort to introduce more athletes to the sports of cross-country skiing and biathlon over the past two-and-a-half seasons, and this growth is a sign of our success in keeping many of them excited about our Nordic sports and working toward becoming internationally competitive."

The visually impaired members of the group and their guides are Kevin Burton (with guide David Chamberlain) and Jake Adicoff (with guide Reid Pletcher). Mr. Burton, who hails from Boulder, Colorado, served in the U.S. Navy. In addition to Mr. Burton, more than half of the athletes nominated to the men's team are also military veterans, and one is an active-duty member of the Navy. Competition for Nordic skiing will take place March 8–16. USOC and NBC Olympics (the official broadcaster for the games) have partnered to provide 50 hours of televised coverage of the Paralympic Winter Games, starting on March 7 with the opening ceremony. In addition, in honor of Team USA's participation in the 2014 Winter Paralympics, the U.S. Department of State has produced a one-minute video highlighting the diversity of the U.S. athletes competing in the games. The video's theme, "We Are All Athletes," is intended to promote diversity, social inclusion, sportsmanship, and teamwork. The English-language version of the video can be viewed online at: http://goo.gl/C4qpzR. For more information, contact: United States Association of Blind Athletes, 1 Olympic Plaza, Colorado Springs, CO 80909; phone: 719-866-3222; website: www.usaba.org.

Contact: United States Association of Blind Athletes

Phone: (719) 866-3222

URL: http://www.usaba.org


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