The United States Paralympic Team will begin its practice sessions next week and schedule six road games in December, including the Federation of International Paralympic Sports World Cup in January. Members of the team are Susan Wobig, Karyn Miller and Jeff Koons.
Wobig, Miller and Koons are all teammates of Pehn Nielsen, who was born without arms. The three are shooting to be able to pass Nielsen’s team record of 229, and they have so far taken 118 races. Only Nielsen, who plays goalball, has competed in every single Paralympic Games.
The team will train on Rock Creek Park in Arlington from 6-8 p.m. the first two Tuesdays and Fridays this month, and from 7-8 p.m. the last two Tuesdays and Thursdays next month. Team activities will also be available at neighboring athletic facilities: The National Training Center in Northern Virginia, Georgetown University, and Ballou High School in Alexandria.
The United States will also hold open scrimmage practices Nov. 1 and Nov. 2 at Philadelphia State University. The United States will also hold a practice in New York City on Nov. 6, on Nov. 17, and on Nov. 19.
The game of goalball is played in wheelchair basketball-style teams and determines score through penalty shots. Goalball began as a Paralympic sport in 1948 and as a “specialty” in the 1978 Moscow games.
The United States won’t be the only Paralympic team to have an all-time record. The United States won the world championships for wheelchair basketball in April, and the Dominican Republic has held the world swimming record since 1995. The Togo men’s track and field team has set world records in endurance events for more than a decade, the longest and most continuous records of any Paralympic event.
Wobig, 32, recently completed her 12th season with the Washington Mystics of the WNBA, and she also plays club soccer in England.
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