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Paralympics Team USA

Team USA's history in the Paralympics dates back to the second ever Paralympics in 1980. Since then, the American para-athletes have won more than 2,000 medals and established themselves as leaders in the Winter sports of alpine skiing and para ice hockey and the Summer sports of swimming and para triathlon.

The 2022 Winter Paralympics included 78 events featuring six sports in two disciplines. The snow sports were alpine skiing, cross-country skiing, biathlon, and snowboarding, and the ice sports were para ice hockey and wheelchair curling. Team USA's para ice hockey team has won four consecutive gold medals in the Winter Games.

In 2024, Team USA will get another chance to compete at the 2024 Paris Summer Paralympics, which features 22 sports, including para archery, badminton, para cycling, wheelchair basketball, and more.

Check back in for updates on the Team USA 2024 Paris Paralympics roster to see what returning and new athletes will be competing in your favorite events, including sitting volleyball, wheelchair rugby, and para athletics.

Team USA Paralympics Athletes to Watch

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Dani Aravich

Nordic Skiing
Although she competed in cross-country skiing in Beijing, Danielle Aravich was originally focused on track and field. When training for the Paralympics 400m event, a coach for the Nordic skiing team took notice and convinced her to try skiing. During the winter of 2021, Aravich qualified for the World Cup, placing fourth in all her races. She is also a public speaker and adaptive model.

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Dan Cnossen

Nordic Skiing
At the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games, Dan Cnossen became the first American man to win gold in the 7.5km biathlon event. During the 2018 Paralympics, he also won silver in the 12.5km and 15km biathlon events and the 15km and 10Km cross country skiing events. Cnossen won gold in the mixed relay cross-country event at the Beijing 2022 Winter Paralympics.

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Brittani Couri

Snowboarding
Brittani Coury has been snowboarding since she was 13 years old. In 2003, she broke her right ankle in a skiing accident, which resulted in the need to amputate her leg just below the knee. She won a silver medal at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games and placed 5th in Snowboardcross at the 2022 Beijing Paralympic Games. Coury is also a nurse and EMT.

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Declan Farmer

Sled Hockey
A sled hockey player since age 9, Declan Farmer is one of the most decorated athletes on Team USA. The three-time Paralympic gold medalist first made the U.S. national team in 2012 when he was 14. In 2014, Farmer won an ESPY for Best Male Athlete with a Disability.

Kendall Gretsch

Biathlon
Multisport athlete Kendall Gretsch has won gold in both the winter and summer Paralympics. During the 2022 Winter Games, Gretsch won a gold medal in the middle-distance biathlon, a silver in the individual biathlon, and a bronze in the sprint biathlon.

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Andrew Kurka

Alpine Skiing
Andrew Kurka competes in many sitting alpine skiing events, including downhill, slalom, giant slalom, super combined, and super-G. After making his Paralympics debut in 2014, Kurka found greater success at the 2018 games. He won gold in downhill sitting, silver in super-G sitting in PyeongChang, and placed 4th in downhill skiing at the 2022 Beijing Games.

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Oksana Masters

Cross-Country Skiing, Biathlon
Oksana Masters is a 17-time Paralympic medalist. At the Beijing 2022 Paralympic Games, Masters won three gold and four silver medals. Born in Ukraine, she had birth defects requiring expensive medical care. When an American woman adopted her, she moved to New York with her new mother. Despite the amputation of both legs, she continues to excel as an athlete. In the Summer Paralympics, she has won medals in para-rowing and para-cycling.

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Zach Miller

Snowboarding
Colorado native Zach Miller began snowboarding when he was just 8 years old. In 2014 at the age of 14, he joined Adaptive Active Sports and started working toward a career as an elite Paralympic snowboarder. Miller recently won gold at the World Para Snow Sports Championships and participated in the 2022 Beijing Paralympics.

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Josh Pauls

Sled Hockey
Josh Pauls' hockey feats have exceeded his dreams in many ways. Born without tibia bones, he had to have both legs amputated when he was only 10 months old. He overcame this challenge and, at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Paralympics, became the youngest person to compete as part of a gold medal-winning team. Pauls is captain of the Team USA sled hockey crew and won a gold medal at the 2022 Winter Paralympics.

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Rico Roman

Sled Hockey
Rico Roman added another gold at the Beijing 2022 Winter Paralympic Games to his first Paralympics win from 2014. A Purple Heart recipient who was injured while serving in Iraq, Roman also took gold in the team competition events at the World Championships in 2012, 2013, and 2019.

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Brody Roybal

Sled Hockey
Brody Roybal has earned three Paralympic gold medals and two World Championship gold medals playing forward for the Team USA sled hockey team. A congenital bilateral amputee, Roybal was a multi-sport athlete when he joined the national team in 2014. In 2015, he was honored as the March of Dimes Inspirational Athlete of the Year.

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Mike Schultz

Snowboarding
Mike Schultz is the founder of a prosthetics business called BioDapt Inc. and recipient of the Best Male Athlete With a Disability ESPY Award. He took gold in the snowboard cross and silver in the banked slalom at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games. Schultz also won silver in the snowboard cross event at the 2022 Beijing Paralympics.

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Oyuna Uranchimeg

Wheelchair Curling
Oyuna Uranchimeg was a lead for Team USA's Paralympics wheelchair curling team. She is paralyzed below the waist and competed at the 2022 Winter Games as a first-time Paralympian. Originally from Mongolia, Uranchimeg has been a Minnesota resident since 2000. She started curling there in 2016.

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Thomas Walsh

Alpine Skiing
Thomas Walsh was born to ski and has been doing it since he was 2 years old. That love for skiing continued after he suffered from bone cancer that required radiation treatments and the removal of parts of his pelvis and lung. He says skiing gives him the ultimate freedom from disability. Walsh competed at the 2018 Winter Paralympics but did not make it on the podium. At the Beijing 2022 Winter Paralympic Games, Walsh won his first silver medal in giant slalom.

Questions?

Yes, Team USA will be sending many athletes to the 2024 Paris Paralympics. Americans will compete in sled hockey, snowboarding, wheelchair curling, alpine skiing, and nordic skiing. More than 700 Paralympians from around the world will be competing, many of them from Team USA.

Like the Summer Olympics, the 2024 Summer Paralympics will take place in and around Paris, France, including the suburbs of Saint-Denis, Versailles, and Vaires-sur-Marne.

Team USA Paralympics events for the 2024 Summer Games will take place from Aug. 28, 2024, to Sept. 8, 2024, in and around Paris.

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