• 00:27

    Ep-007 - TT Maddie Thompson - Paralympian shares her secrets to success

    in Youth

    On this show Sarah and Jow interview   Maddie Thompson - Basketball Paraympian. Maddie was the youngest player to be selected for GB at under-22 level when she was aged just 14. She was part of the women's wheelchair basketball team which won gold at the Paralympic World Cup in Manchester in 2011. 
    Maddie is a single-leg amputee who plays for the Sheffield Steelers. The teenager says 2012 will be a unique experience: "It will be great to be competing in London in front of home crowds and this will give us a big home advantage. It will be a huge boost, and is a big motivation."
     
    Talented Teens is a place where young people can share their views, thoughts, ideas and advice on being talented in the world today.

  • 00:22

    Paralympian: Jessica Long, fearless and fabulous

    in Lifestyle

    Paralympics- An international competition for athletes with disabilities. 
    Jessica Long is a world record breaker, gold metal recipiant and all around athlete. Oh and a double amputee. Nothing about what she does screams disabled. 
    For her dedication and talants she is heading to London for this years Paralympic games. But before then she is sharing her journey to the big game with us Wednesday at 1:30pm. 
    For more about Jessica Long go here. 
     

  • 00:29

    From Disaster to Triumph - Gold Medalist Shares Story

    in Lifestyle

    From Disaster to Triumph: An inspirational story of perseverance, overcoming obstacles & a gold medal winning performance
    2012 Paralympic Gold Medalist Mallory Weggemann had her life changed on January 21, 2008.  A routine epidural to help treat back pain left the college freshman paralyzed from the waist down.  However, having been a competitive swimmer since the age of seven, she found one thing unchanged - her love for swimming.  On April 8, 2008, Mallory returned to the pool, and has been breaking national and world records ever since.  However, just days before the 2012 Paralympics, a controversial decision to move Mallory up a class left her competing against less disabled swimmers.  Nonetheless, she defied the odds and won Gold in the 50m freestyle, which became one of the signature races during the Games.
    Mallory joins D-Talks to share her story!

  • 00:45

    Curtis Lovejoy, Gold Medal Winning Paralympian Shares Details About His Life

    in Lifestyle

    How does someone turn their life into a success after a debilitating, life changing accident? Internationally renowned paralympian athlete Curtis Lovejoy shares that information

  • 01:01

    London 2012 Paralympic Preview with Inspiring Paralympians

    in Travel

    World Footprints will share positive vibes from a Paralympic Champion, race into London 2012 with a remarkable person and special athlete, and “Hurdle Adversity” with a leading Paralympic Advocate, athlete and motivational speaker.
    Meet Tony Volpentest.  Tony achieved his dream of running in the Olympics, becoming a four-time Paralympic Gold Medalist and five-time World Champion sprinter—a seemingly incredible accomplishment because Tony was born without hands or feet.  We’re honored to share his inspiring story.
    Becoming a world-class athlete takes enormous determination, courage and faith and our good friend, Anjali Forber-Pratt, exudes all of those attributes.  As a child Anjali has been paralyzed from the waist down but she never allowed her wheelchair to limit her.  Anjali is an Olympic Bronze Medalist and she has her sights set on Gold in London.
    Behind every great athlete is a strong advocate.  John Register was at the top of his sport as an all-American hurdler on the verge of qualifying for the US Olympic Team only to suffer a devastating injury that would lead to the loss of his leg.  He overcame that to compete as a Paralympian in two sports.  Today, John is on the management team at the US Olympic Committee in the Paralympic Division.

  • 01:00

    London 2012 Paralympic Preview--Judo

    in Travel

    World Footprints will take you inside the sport of blind judo with a Paralympic hopeful, a past Paralympian and the founder of the Blind Judo Foundation.
    As a member of the 2012 USA Paralympic Judo Team, Jordan Mouton is on a quest for Olympic Gold in London.  Jordan joins us to talk about her sport, her preparations for London and why she considers Judo an ideal sport for the blind or visually impaired athlete.
    Lori Pierce is a Paralympic trail-blazer for athletes like Jordan.  As the First Lady of Paralympic Judo, Lori was the first ever and only female on the 2004 US Paralympic Judo Team.  Now, Lori is one of Judo’s ambassadors and she joins us to share her plans to return to international competition in the near future.
    Ron Peck, founder of the Blind Judo Foundation, recognized that athletes like Jordan and Lori needed a stronger support system than was available.  He founded the Blind Judo Foundation to help create opportunities and support the growth of blind and visually-impaired athletes in the sport of Judo.  Ron joins us to talk about the “aha” moment that led to the creation of the Foundation. 
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  • 01:00

    Inside Team USA Paralympic Judo

    in Travel

    World Footprints will take you inside the sport of blind judo with a Paralympic hopeful, a past Paralympian and the founder of the Blind Judo Foundation.
    As a member of the 2012 USA Paralympic Judo Team, Jordan Mouton is on a quest for Olympic Gold in London.  Jordan joins us to talk about her sport, her preparations for London and why she considers Judo an ideal sport for the blind or visually impaired athlete.
    Lori Pierce is a Paralympic trail-blazer for athletes like Jordan.  As the First Lady of Paralympic Judo, Lori was the first ever and only female on the 2004 US Paralympic Judo Team.  Now, Lori is one of Judo’s ambassadors and she joins us to share her plans to return to international competition in the near future.
    Ron Peck, founder of the Blind Judo Foundation, recognized that athletes like Jordan and Lori needed a stronger support system than was available.  He founded the Blind Judo Foundation to help create opportunities and support the growth of blind and visually-impaired athletes in the sport of Judo.  Ron joins us to talk about the “aha” moment that led to the creation of the Foundation.

  • 01:01

    Inspiring Paralympians on the World Stage

    in Travel

    Today we will share positive vibes from a Paralympic Champion, race into London 2012 with a remarkable person and special athlete, and “Hurdle Adversity” with a leading Paralympic Advocate, athlete and motivational speaker.
    Meet Tony Volpentest.  Tony achieved his dream of running in the Olympics, becoming a four-time Paralympic Gold Medalist and five-time World Champion sprinter—a seemingly incredible accomplishment because Tony was born without hands or feet.  We’re honored to share his inspiring story.
    Becoming a world-class athlete takes enormous determination, courage and faith and our good friend, Anjali Forber-Pratt, exudes all of those attributes.  As a child Anjali has been paralyzed from the waist down but she never allowed her wheelchair to limit her.  Anjali is an Olympic Bronze Medalist and she has her sights set on Gold in London.
    Behind every great athlete is a strong advocate.  John Register was at the top of his sport as an all-American hurdler on the verge of qualifying for the US Olympic Team only to suffer a devastating injury that would lead to the loss of his leg.  He overcame that to compete as a Paralympian in two sports.  Today, John is on the management team at the US Olympic Committee in the Paralympic Division.

  • 00:30

    Kevin Jardine , World Renown Paralympian Ski Coach and Competition Director for, Challenge Aspen

    in Lifestyle

    Adaptive Skiing has become a very popular sport among those in the disability community who love to challenge themselves. Kevin Jardine, a world reknown, award-winning coach in the field of disabled skiing, will share the work the organization he helped to establish, called Challenge Aspen. This organization is making a difference within the disability community, by enhancing the lives of those with physical challenges who have an adventurous spirit,through the joy of skiing, including participating in competitions. These skiers include our wounded men and women returning from serving in the war.

  • 00:16

    Anjali Forber Pratt - Paralympic 200m World Record Holder

    in Sports

    Paralympic Champion and 200m World Record Holder Anjali Forber-Pratt discusses her very succesful 2011 season and shares her plans to continue to "Drive, Dream and Do" this summer at the Paralympic Games in London 2012.  For more information please visit Anjali's website http://anjaliforberpratt.com/
    Statistics and Highlights
     
    2011
    World Champion - 200m at IPC Athletics World Championships Silver Medalist - 100m & 400m at IPC Athletics World Championships World Record - 200m at Swiss Nationals US Paralympic National Champion in the 400m in Miramar, FL Silver Medalist US Paralympic Track & Field Championships Honored as Hero Among Us at Boston Celtics Game Born in Calcutta (now known as Kolkata) India, Anjali lived in an orphanage for two and a half months before being adopted by her loving family from Natick, Massachusetts. Two months after arriving in the United States, she contracted an illness resulting in the diagnosis of transverse myelitis, a neurological disorder that affects the spinal cord. Rushed to the hospital,
    she was not expected to live. However, her fighting spirit prevailed and Anjali survived. Transverse myelitis left her paralyzed from the waist down.

  • 00:30

    Role Mommy Chats with Olympic Medalist

    in Parents

    Today we chat with medal-winning Paralympian Caitie Sarubbi and her mom.

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