Aug. 27, 2012
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Former Navy swimming team captain Brad Snyder will compete in seven events at the Paralympic Games that begin this week in London.
The 2012 Paralympic Games, slated to run Aug. 29-Sept. 9, will include over 4,000 athletes from over 160 countries, making it the largest edition of the Games in its history (51 previous Paralympic Games have been held). Many of the venues that were used during the recent Olympic Games will again be utilized during the Paralympic Games. This includes the Aquatics Centre for swimming and Olympic Stadium for the opening and closing ceremonies.
Athletes at the Games will compete in 21 sports against athletes with similar physical impairments based upon one of five classifications: amputee / dwarfism / other; blind / visually impaired; spinal cord injury / paralyzed / wheelchair user; traumatic brain injury / cp / stroke; intellectual impairment.
Snyder, who entered the explosive ordnance disposal branch of the Navy upon graduating from the Naval Academy in 2006, lost his eyesight in an improvised explosive device incident in Afghanistan on Sept. 7, 2011. On Sept. 7, 2012, he will compete in the 400m freestyle event at the Paralympic Games. He also will compete in the 100m free (Aug. 31), 50m free (Sept. 1), 100m backstroke (Sept. 2), 100m breaststroke (Sept. 3), 100m butterfly (Sept. 6) and 200m individual medley (Sept. 8) events during his time in London.
He is one of three active U.S. service members who will be competing at the Games.
There are a number of multimedia platforms that will be providing coverage of the Paralympic Games. Paralympics.org will air 580 hours of live coverage of the Games, including designated streams of live interrupted coverage with English commentary of swimming, wheelchair basketball and athletics (track & field) and an additional stream covering a variety of sports.
The U.S. Paralympic You Tube Channel -- YouTube.com/USParalympics - will be producing daily updates throughout the Games as well as features on the athletes comprising Team USA.
The NBC Sports Network will air one-hour highlight programs at 7 p.m. EDT on Sept. 4, 5, 6 and 11. NBC will then air a 90-minute special after the conclusion of the Games on Sept. 16 starting at 2 p.m. EDT.
For more information, please visit the following web sites:
2012 London Paralympic Games -- http://www.london2012.com/paralympics/
U.S. Paralympic Program -- http://www.teamusa.org/US-Paralympics.aspx
International Paralympics Organization -- http://www.paralympics.org/