Thursday, 23 May 2024

By the numbers: A closer look at the 2016 Paralympics

Following the conclusion of the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, the U.S. Sitting Volleyball Teams are enjoying a well-deserved break. As the athletes take some time to rest and recover, let’s take a closer look at the facts and figures surrounding the U.S. Teams and athletes after the Paralympics.

Gold medal success for the U.S. Women’s Sitting Volleyball Team

The U.S. Women’s Sitting Volleyball Team made history by winning their first-ever gold medal at the Paralympic Games. This victory not only marks a significant achievement for the team but also makes them the first country other than China to claim gold in women’s sitting volleyball.

Stellar performance by Heather Erickson

Heather Erickson, the captain of the U.S. Women’s Sitting Volleyball Team, showcased her skills and talent throughout the tournament. Scoring an impressive 65 points, Erickson secured the title of Most Valuable Player (MVP) and Best Receiver of the Paralympic tournament.

New talent emerges

Thirteen players made their Paralympic debut for the U.S. Sitting Volleyball Teams. Bethany Zummo, Nicky Nieves, Tia Edwards, and Lexi Shifflett showcased their abilities as part of the U.S. Paralympic Women’s Team. Meanwhile, Dan Regan, Ben Aman, Charlie Swearingen, John Kremer, J. Dee Marinko, James Stuck, Josh Smith, Edgar Laforest, and Jese Schag represented the U.S. Paralympic Men’s Team for the first time.

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Impressive dominance at the net

Lora Webster, a key player on the U.S. Women’s Sitting Volleyball Team, excelled in blocking with 19 blocks throughout the tournament. Her outstanding performance earned her the title of Best Blocker. The U.S. Women’s Team as a whole displayed their prowess at the net, with a total of 51 blocks, the highest among all teams.

Veterans on the court

The U.S. Paralympic Sitting Volleyball Teams included six military veterans. John Kremer, James Stuck, Dan Regan, Josh Smith, and Jese Schag served in different branches of the military before representing their country on the U.S. Men’s Team. Kari Miller, a U.S. Army veteran, played for the U.S. Women’s Team.

Strong offensive presence

The U.S. Women’s Sitting Volleyball Team showcased their attacking prowess with a total of 189 kills, tying with Brazil for the second-most team kills. China secured the top spot with 202 kills. J. Dee Marinko stood out as the top scorer for the U.S. Men’s Team, contributing 29 kills alongside Eric Duda and Roderick Green.

Consistent presence on the Paralympic stage

Lora Webster and Chris Seilkop have made their mark in the Paralympic Games over the years. Webster has participated in four Paralympic Games, winning one gold, two silver, and one bronze medal. Seilkop, on the other hand, has been a part of three Paralympic Games, and also represented the U.S. Men’s Paralympic Standing Volleyball Team in 1996 and 2000.

Roderick Green’s journey

Roderick Green made the transition from Para-Track and Field, where he competed in the 2000 and 2004 Paralympic Games, to the U.S. Men’s Sitting Volleyball Team. Green’s athletic journey has been remarkable, with one silver and two bronze medals in his previous sport.

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The U.S. Sitting Volleyball Teams displayed exceptional performances at the 2016 Paralympics, with the U.S. Women’s Team winning their first-ever gold medal. Notable players like Heather Erickson, Lora Webster, and J. Dee Marinko showcased their skills and contributed to the team’s success. The inclusion of military veterans further exemplified the team’s dedication and determination. With a strong offensive presence and dominant performances at the net, the U.S. teams left a lasting impression on the Paralympic stage.

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