Monday, 22 Jul 2024

2016 U.S. Paralympic Women’s Sitting Volleyball Team Announced

The U.S. Paralympic Women’s Sitting Volleyball Team for the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil has been announced. Alongside four new Paralympians, eight veterans will be aiming for their first Paralympic gold medal. Lora Webster, who won bronze in 2004, will be playing in her fourth consecutive Paralympics. The team, currently ranked second in the world by World ParaVolley, has their sights set on securing the gold medal after winning silver in 2008 and 2012.

The Team and Their Journey

The team is a perfect blend of experience and talent. Heather Erickson, Katie Holloway, Nichole Millage, and Kari Miller will make their third appearance, while Monique Burkland, Kaleo Kanahele, and Michelle Schiffler return following their Paralympic debuts in 2012. The team also welcomes first-time Paralympians Tia Edwards, Nicky Nieves, Lexi Shifflett, and Bethany Zummo. With an average age of 27.5 years old, this team brings a wealth of experience and youthful energy.

The Quest for Gold

The U.S. Women’s Sitting Team has a history of success, winning silver in both 2008 and 2012. Their determination to secure the gold medal in Rio has fueled their training efforts since their loss to China in the gold medal match of the 2014 World ParaVolley Sitting Volleyball World Championships.

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A Strong Coaching Staff

Head Coach Bill Hamiter is confident in his team’s abilities, stating that their depth of experience and talent sets them apart from other countries. Assisting Hamiter are assistant coaches Cara Lang and Lazaro Beltran. The technical coordinator is Jeff Hicks, and Michelle Goodall and Patrick Lawrence will serve as team leader and athletic trainer, respectively.

What’s Next

The U.S. Women’s Sitting Team Paralympic schedule has not yet been released, but the competition will run from September 9 to September 17. The team will face tough opponents in China, Iran, and Rwanda during the round-robin pool play tournament.

FAQs

Q: How many Paralympics has Lora Webster competed in?
A: Lora Webster has competed in four consecutive Paralympic Games.

Q: What is the team’s goal for the 2016 Paralympic Games?
A: The team’s goal is to win the gold medal after securing silver in 2008 and 2012.

Q: Who is the head coach of the U.S. Women’s Sitting Volleyball Team?
A: The head coach is Bill Hamiter.

Summary

The U.S. Paralympic Women’s Sitting Volleyball Team for the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro has been announced. This experienced team, currently ranked second in the world, is determined to secure the gold medal after winning silver in previous games. Led by Head Coach Bill Hamiter, the team combines a perfect balance of seasoned veterans and talented newcomers. With their dedication, talent, and drive, the U.S. team is poised to make their mark in Rio.

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