Athletes shoot for stardom to raise profile of Paralympics

National Jan 31, 2019

Athletes shoot for stardom to raise profile of Paralympics

Amid cries to nurture bona fide Paralympic superstars in Japan, Gurimu Narita, the men's Pyeongchang Paralympic banked slalom champion, is certainly among the few athletes with the potential to become sports icons as famous as today's able-bodied superstars. While social recognition of both the Paralympics ...

Determination inspires Momoka Muraoka in gold-medal quest

Paralympics Mar 15, 2018

Determination inspires Momoka Muraoka in gold-medal quest

After winning two bronze and a silver, Alpine sit skier Momoka Muraoka's determination pushed her to win the best-colored medal at the Pyeongchang Winter Paralympics At 21, she became the youngest Japanese athlete to win gold at the Winter Paralympics when she topped the 10-woman ...

Momoka Muraoka claims Japan's first gold of Pyeongchang Paralympics

Paralympics Mar 14, 2018

Momoka Muraoka claims Japan's first gold of Pyeongchang Paralympics

Sit skier Momoka Muraoka raced to Japan's first gold medal of the Pyeongchang Winter Paralympics on Wednesday in the women's Alpine skiing giant slalom. Muraoka finished in a disability-factored, two-run total of 2 minutes, 26.53 seconds at Jeongseon Alpine Centre, beating out the Netherlands' Linda ...

Pyeongchang Winter Paralympics open as biggest in history

Paralympics Mar 9, 2018

Pyeongchang Winter Paralympics open as biggest in history

A Korean amputee performer beat a giant drum on a freezing, foggy Friday night to celebrate the opening of the largest Winter Paralympics in history. A record 567 disabled athletes, representing 48 countries and regions, as well as the Neutral Paralympic Athlete delegation, will compete ...