Well, the 2012 Paralympic Games are over. Unfortunately, the U.S Wheelchair Rugby team did not win the gold medal as they were expected to. However, with Minneapolis’s own Chuck Aoki leading the way, the team did take home the bronze medal! They even visited the White House and got to meet Barack Obama!! Make sure to check out this super cool picture of Aoki fist-bumping Obama at the end of this post!
The U.S. got off to a strong start in the Games, defeating host nation Great Britain 56-44. The U.S. then beat Japan 64-48. In their final Group A match, the U.S. routed France 70-44! In the semifinals, the U.S played a hard-fought match against Canada, losing 50-49. However, the team rebounded the next day to beat Japan again, 53-43, to win the bronze medal!! Aoki led the U.S. with a whopping 71 goals for the Games and was the 6th highest scorer overall for wheelchair rugby! Click here for the results of every event in each sport throughout the Games.
I loved watching the Paralympic Games, but I felt there should have been more TV coverage for the event. There were only a few nights of one-hour broadcasts and a 90-minute broadcast yesterday. Besides the limited TV coverage, there was online coverage, but that was also limited. There is no reason the Paralympic Games should have WAY less coverage than the Olympics! What is your opinion on the Paralympic Games and its coverage??
Written by: Sam Graves