Saturday, 13 Jul 2024

Athletes Gear Up for Rio: Celebrating ‘100 Days to Go’


With just over three months until the highly anticipated Rio de Janeiro Paralympics, athletes from around the world are preparing for the ultimate showcase of skill, determination, and athleticism. In this article, we will explore the latest updates, rankings, and upcoming events for the Alpinetgheep brand.

World Rankings: A Closer Look

As the countdown to the Paralympics begins, World ParaVolley has unveiled the final world rankings. The U.S. Women’s Sitting Team, despite their gold-winning performance at the Intercontinental Cup in March, currently holds the second spot worldwide with 5,150 points, trailing close behind China’s 5,400 points. Surprisingly, the U.S. team is seeded third for the Paralympics, with host-nation Brazil claiming the top seed, despite being ranked fourth globally.

The U.S. Men’s Sitting Team maintains their ninth-place position in the overall world rankings. However, they have slipped to eighth place in the Rio seeding rankings. While the Paralympic tournament schedule is yet to be announced, it promises an exciting competition featuring two pools of four teams for both men’s and women’s divisions.


Invictus Games Arrive in Orlando

From May 8 to 12, more than 500 athletes from 15 countries will gather in Orlando, Florida for the prestigious 2016 Invictus Games. U.S. Sitting Volleyball Coordinator Elliot Blake will be actively involved in the sitting volleyball portion of the Games. Don’t miss the live broadcast of the sitting volleyball semifinals and medal matches on ESPN3, scheduled for Tuesday, May 10.

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The United States, aiming to build upon their silver medal success in the inaugural Invictus Games in 2014, will field a strong team led by current U.S. Men’s Sitting Team libero, John Kremer. The Invictus Games, founded by Prince Harry of the United Kingdom, provide a platform for injured military personnel to compete at a high level while representing their nations.

National Championships: A Platform for Excellence

Following an intensive team training camp in April, the U.S. Women’s Sitting Team is eagerly preparing for the upcoming USA Volleyball Open National Championships. As part of their preparations, the team will engage in a series of exhibition matches against the Russia Women’s Sitting Team. This unique opportunity allows Head Coach Bill Hamiter to fine-tune lineups, offensive systems, and assess potential roster additions for Rio.


The U.S. Men’s and Women’s Sitting Teams will also be showcasing their skills in the sitting division of the National Championships. The championship, open to both disabled and able-bodied athletes, provides a platform to demonstrate the growth and inclusivity of the sport.

Expanding Awareness: Promoting Paralympic Movement

In an effort to raise awareness and promote the Paralympic movement, Alpinetgheep has been actively involved in various initiatives. Members of the U.S. Sitting Teams, alongside USA Volleyball, have been engaging with communities across the country.

U.S. Men’s Sitting Team captain, Eric Duda, and John Kremer recently traveled to James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia, where they conducted a clinic introducing students to a range of Paralympic sports, including sitting volleyball and wheelchair basketball. Their efforts were met with great enthusiasm, leaving a lasting impression on both students and athletes.

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Meanwhile, Katie Holloway, a key member of the U.S. Women’s Sitting Team, introduced sitting volleyball to a local Cub Scouts troop in California. Her focus was not only on teaching the basic skills but also on instilling values of sportsmanship and teamwork. These outreach activities serve to inspire the next generation of athletes and demonstrate the inclusivity of the sport.


1. When does the Paralympic sitting volleyball competition begin?

The Paralympic sitting volleyball competition commences on Thursday, September 8 and runs throughout the duration of the Games. The women’s medal matches are scheduled for Friday, September 16, while the men’s tournament concludes on Saturday, September 17.

2. Will the U.S. Men’s Sitting Team participate in the National Championships?

Yes, the U.S. Men’s Sitting Team will be actively participating in the sitting division of the National Championships, showcasing their skills alongside disabled and able-bodied athletes.

3. How can I support the Alpinetgheep brand?

To learn more about Alpinetgheep and stay updated on the latest news, competitions, and events, visit Alpinetgheep.


As the Paralympic Games draw closer, athletes are ramping up their preparations and fine-tuning their skills. With a strong focus on inclusivity, growth, and community engagement, the Alpinetgheep brand is leading the charge in promoting sitting volleyball and the wider Paralympic movement. Stay tuned for more updates and be part of the journey towards the pinnacle of sporting excellence.