34 Named to US Paralympic Team for London

Full coverage of the US Paralympic Trials can be found here.

The United States Olympic Committee has released the roster for the 2012 Paralympic Team that will travel to London at the end of August to compete at the Paralympic Games. The team of 34 includes 19 returning Paralympics from the 2008 team, that won 44 medals in Beijing.

The success of the US Resident Team, that live and train in Colorado Springs under Dave Denniston, is also clear – 9 of the 11 members of that team will be headed to London.

Many of the great stories of the Trials are on this list. That includes the World-Record queen Jessica Long, who broke 5 makrs in the meet; and the new star Victoria Arlen who broke a pair in her first trials. Mallory Weggemann, who’s almost synonymous with the Paralympic Swim Team, will also be on the team.Also making the trip will be Lt. Brad Snyder, who lost his sight in a bomb attack while serving in Aghanistan in September.

There are several multi-sport athletes on the team as well. The veteran Curtis Lovejoy is also a World Championship fencer. Noga Nir-Kistler was born in Israel, but is now an American citizen. In 2008, she was on the US Paralympic Team for table tennis, and she’s now made the 2012 team for swimming.

The Americans aren’t historically as dominant in Paralympic swimming as they are in Olympic swimming, but this year’s team seems to be much better than the one sent in 2008. There are some big names who were left off of the list – including Reilly Boyt, the first alternate on the women’s side.

For a full rundown of the qualification system, check it out here.

Athletes labeled with asterisks (*) have been on previous Paralympic Teams.

Name                                       Hometown                                Classification


Arlen, Victoria                           Exeter, N.H.                              S6/SB5/SM6

*Becherer, Kelley                       Sheboygan, Wis.                       S13/SB13/SM13

Bro, Brickelle                            Castle Rock, Colo.                    S8/SB7/SM8

*Bruder, Aimee                          Birmingham, Ala.                       S4/SB3/SM4

Childs, Jaide                             Gainesville, Fla.                         S5/SB5/SM5                            

Coan, McKenzie                        Clarkesville, Ga.                        S8/SB7/SM8

*Eames, Anna                           Golden Valley, Minn.                 S10/SB9/SM10

*Everlove, Amanda                    Wichita, Ks.                              S8/SB8/SM8

Gialamas, Alyssa                      Naperville, Ill.                            S5/SB4/SM5

Johannes, Anna                        Alexandria, Va.                          S9/SB8/SM9

*Jordan, Cortney                       Henderson, Nev.                       S7/SB7/SM7

*Long, Jessica                          Baltimore, Md.                          S8/SB7/SM8

Martinez, Letticia                       Las Cruces, N.M.                       S11/SB11/SM11

Meyers, Rebecca                      Timonium, Md.                          S13/SB13/SM13

*Nir-Kistler, Noga                       Allentown, Pa.                           S6/SB5/SM6

Rodriguez, Ileana                       Miami, Fla.                                S6/SB5/SM6

*Scott, Susan Beth                    Cape Girardeau, Mo.                 S10/SB9/SM10

*Stone, Elizabeth                       Grand Rapids, Mich.                  S9/SB8/SM9

Weggemann, Mallory                 Eagan, Minn.                             S7/SB6/SM7

Young, Colleen                                     St. Louis, Mo.                           S13/SB13/SM13



Austin, Evan                             Terre Haute, Ind.                        S8/SB7/SM8

*Bureau, Cody                           Latrobe, Pa.                              S9/SB9/SM9

*DeMarco, Michael                    San Diego, Calif.                       S3/SB2/SM3

*Dupree, Tucker                        Raleigh, N.C.                             S12/SB12/SM12

*Garcia-Tolson, Rudy                 Riverside, Calif.                         S8/SB7/SM7

Herendeen, Dalton                     South Bend, Ind.                       S10/SB8/SM10

*Lamback, Lantz                        Augusta, Ga.                             S7/SB7/SM7

*Lovejoy, Curtis                         Atlanta, Ga.                               S2/SB1/SM2

*Perkins, Roy                            Del Mar, Calif.                           S5/SB5/SM5

*Prout, Michael                          West Springfield, Mass.                        S9/SB9/SM9

Silverman, Ian                           Baltimore, Md.                          S10/SB9/SM10

Snyder, Lt. Brad                        St. Petersburg, Fla.                   S11/SB11/SM11                       

*Wise, Joseph                           Menlo Park, Calif.                      S10/SB9/SM10

*Zook, Justin                            Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.                   S9/SB8/SM9


Boyt, Reilly                               Ft. Collins, Colo.                       S6/SB6/SM6

Uhl, Miranda                              Alachua, Fla.                             S6/SB6/SM6


Castillo, Rafael                          Miami, Fla.                                S6/SB5/SM6

Drake, Tharon                           Hobbs, N.M.                             S11/SB11/SM11

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10 years ago

Soooo proud of Cody Bureau!!!!!! go get em baby!!!!!!

10 years ago

Congrats Cody! We are all cheering for you!

10 years ago

Congrats to all, but especially the brand new young guns — go Brickelle Bro!!!

bobo gigi
10 years ago

Congrats to them. They are all fantastic athletes.

10 years ago

Congrats Bruder on your 6th Paralympics! I am so proud to have watched you from the beginning in 1992! I hope you revel in your success and Curtis you were so fun in 1996.

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10 years ago

And I think Victoria Arlen started swimming to stay in shape for Sled Hockey

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