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Redefining Disability

Mallory Weggemann | Posted 11.18.2014 | Impact
Mallory Weggemann

Disability. It is an interesting word and one that many of us feel we cannot relate to. For nearly 19 years of my life, I was never classified as someone with a disability, until one day, in literally a split second everything I knew changed and I was now classified as an individual with a physical disability.

Leaving It on the Dock

Amanda Kraus | Posted 11.14.2014 | Sports
Amanda Kraus

The more I thought about the wheelchairs being left on the dock, the more I realized that so many rowers I have known from Row New York leave things on the dock all the time. They are, perhaps, not always tangible, but they are real.

Pistorius Banned From Paralympic Events For 5 Years

AP | Posted 10.21.2014 | Sports

LONDON (AP) — Oscar Pistorius will be ineligible to compete in Paralympic events during the entirety of his five-year prison sentence. ...

Sheer Ambition - Going for Gold in Blind Tandem Cycling

Amy Eskind | Posted 11.07.2014 | Sports
Amy Eskind

Hundreds of athletes from more than 40 countries gather in Greenville, South Carolina, over Labor Day weekend to compete with the best challenged cyclists in the world.

The Simple Moments

Mallory Weggemann | Posted 10.05.2014 | Good News
Mallory Weggemann

The other day while driving home from the grocery store with a car full of groceries, my mother saw an unforgettable scene that many of us have seen countless times, sometimes on a daily basis.

WATCH: Sports As Medicine

Posted 06.26.2014 | Impact

Watch Live at 4:40pm EST. From the benefits of strength training for people in their 90s to the breathtaking accomplishments of world-class athlete...

Olympic Day, Olympic Values and Sport for All Abilities

Eli Wolff | Posted 08.24.2014 | Sports
Eli Wolff

While Sport for All does promote an inclusive message, an important dimension seems to be missing from the Sport for All mission that lies at the core purpose of Olympic Day and Sport for All -- all abilities.

Mallory Weggemann: 10 Ways I Remind Myself to Check In on My Personal Growth

Mallory Weggemann | Posted 08.17.2014 | Impact
Mallory Weggemann

Over the past six years since my paralysis, I have spent a lot of time trying to define what success is to me and in all honesty, I think for years I had it all wrong. I have found that the only true gauge for success is our own personal growth.

Challenged Athletes: Changing Opinions About Disability

Tony Phillips | Posted 07.22.2014 | Good News
Tony Phillips

In fact, when we're talking about people who swim a half-mile, ride 12.4 miles and run 3.1 miles all before breakfast, there's really nothing 'disabled' about them at all.

Being Extraordinary

Marc Erlbaum | Posted 06.25.2014 | Impact
Marc Erlbaum

Each of us faces challenges every day, some great, some small. And the reality of life is that the challenges continue; even as one ends, the next seems to be waiting imminently in its wake.

We All Need Reminders to Follow Our Passion

Chris Waddell | Posted 05.27.2014 | Good News
Chris Waddell

We have an amazing ability to persevere, to adapt and to dream, but sometimes we need someone else to jumpstart those dreams, someone to allow us to believe that our dreams are something more than idle thoughts.

Ukrainian Paralympians Stage Silent Protest

AP | By ROB HARRIS | Posted 05.15.2014 | Sports

SOCHI, Russia (AP) — On a podium in Russia, Ukrainian athletes cover their medals in a silent protest against the turmoil being inflicted on their c...

Youngest Paralympian Competes For Late Teammate

AP | ROB HARRIS | Posted 03.14.2014 | Sports

KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia (AP) — For the youngest Paralympian in Sochi, competing was about more than fulfilling a personal target. Ben Tudhope, a 1...

Russia Is Hosting Paralympians, But People With Disabilities Are Still Marginalized In Sochi

The Huffington Post | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 03.12.2014 | Impact

By agreeing to host the Winter Paralympics this year, Russia appeared to have made some vast strides in its treatment of people with disabilities. But...

48 U.S. Paralympians To Follow On Twitter

Posted 03.11.2014 | Sports

The action in Sochi hasn't stopped just yet. With the 2014 Winter Paralympics underway, world class athletes will still be competing in Russia until S...

The Paralympics Have Come Into the Light

Chris Waddell | Posted 05.11.2014 | Good News
Chris Waddell

It looked like they were skiing on an avalanche--not getting engulfed in one, but skiing on top, with a constantly changing surface. The bottom could drop out at any moment.

U.S. Paralympian Reunited With Russian Birth Mother

AP | ROB HARRIS | Posted 03.10.2014 | Sports

KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia (AP) — Pushing through pain in her debut at the Winter Paralympics, Tatyana McFadden only had to remember who was watching ...

Ukrainian Paralympics Medalist Makes Independence Plea In Sochi

AP | ROB HARRIS | Posted 03.08.2014 | Sports

SOCHI, Russia (AP) — The first Ukrainian medalist of the Sochi Paralympics dedicated her achievement to "an independent Ukraine," appealing for peac...

PHOTOS: Putin Presides Over Sochi Paralympics Opening Ceremony

AP | Posted 03.07.2014 | Sports

SOCHI, Russia (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin has opened the Winter Paralympics in Sochi against the backdrop of his country's military acti...

The Medal-Worthy Breakfast That Powers This Paralympic Snowboarder

Posted 03.07.2014 | Healthy Living

Welcome to our "Like An Olympian" series. During the 2014 Sochi Olympics, HuffPost Healthy Living will take a look at lifestyle and fitness lessons fr...

WATCH: U.S. Paralympian Reflects On Emotional Quest For Gold Medal

Posted 03.06.2014 | Sports

U.S. swimmer Mallory Weggemann reflected on her painful but ultimately rewarding journey to the London 2012 Paralympics during a visit to HuffPost Li...

Prince Harry Launches New Sporting Event For Wounded Servicemen

AP | Posted 03.06.2014 | Impact

LONDON (AP) — Britain's Prince Harry is launching the "Invictus Games," a new sporting event for wounded, injured and sick service personnel. Inspi...

Sochi Paralympics Should Level Playing Field for All Russians With Disabilities

Andrea Mazzarino | Posted 05.05.2014 | Sports
Andrea Mazzarino

Without concrete improvements in accessibility for people with disabilities, the strength and independence of Paralympic athletes may seem to the Russian public more like the exception than the rule.

11 Places in Britain You Should Have Heard Of

Paul Anthony Jones | Posted 05.05.2014 | Travel
Paul Anthony Jones

Practically every town the world over has some random achievement to its name, or else has secured its place in history as the birthplace of some notable figure, the location of some remarkable building -- or the site of the first ever speeding ticket.

U.S. Cancels Paralympics Presidential Delegation Over Ukraine

Reuters | Posted 05.03.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON, March 3 (Reuters) - The White House has canceled a presidential delegation to the Paralympic Games in Sochi, Russia, part of its respons...