SLIDESHOW: Highlights of the London 2012 Paralympic Games

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  • Jessica Long of the United States swims to win gold in the women's 400m Freestyle S8 category at the 2012 Paralympics, Friday, Aug. 31, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth) Jessica Long of the United States swims to win gold in the women's 400m Freestyle S8 category at the 2012 Paralympics, Friday, Aug. 31, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth) Photo by: Kirsty Wigglesworth
  • Emma Wiggs, centre, of Britain puts the ball up watched by Larysa Pnomarenko, right, and Valentyna Brik during their women' sitting volleyball match at the 2012 Paralympics games, Friday, Aug. 31, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant) Emma Wiggs, centre, of Britain puts the ball up watched by Larysa Pnomarenko, right, and Valentyna Brik during their women' sitting volleyball match at the 2012 Paralympics games, Friday, Aug. 31, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant) Photo by: Alastair Grant
  • Brazil's Odair Santos, right, runs runs with is guide as competes at the men's 1500m T11 round 1 race, at the 2012 Paralympics in London, Friday, Aug. 31, 2012. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis) Brazil's Odair Santos, right, runs runs with is guide as competes at the men's 1500m T11 round 1 race, at the 2012 Paralympics in London, Friday, Aug. 31, 2012. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis) Photo by: Lefteris Pitarakis
  • Joseph Chambers, right, of the United States shoots at the basket as Turkey's Cem Gezinci attempts to block during their men's wheelchair basketball group A preliminary round match at the 2012 Paralympics games, Thursday, Aug. 30, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant) Joseph Chambers, right, of the United States shoots at the basket as Turkey's Cem Gezinci attempts to block during their men's wheelchair basketball group A preliminary round match at the 2012 Paralympics games, Thursday, Aug. 30, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant) Photo by: Alastair Grant
  • Steven Serio of the United States falls backwards as he attempts to get the ball as Bestami Boz of Turkey looks back during their men's wheelchair basketball group A preliminary round match at the 2012 Paralympics games, Thursday, Aug. 30, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant) Steven Serio of the United States falls backwards as he attempts to get the ball as Bestami Boz of Turkey looks back during their men's wheelchair basketball group A preliminary round match at the 2012 Paralympics games, Thursday, Aug. 30, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant) Photo by: Alastair Grant
  • Nate Hinze, centre, of the United States goes to shoot as Alberto Pellegrini, right, of Italy moves to block during their men's basketball group A preliminary round match at the 2012 Paralympics games, Friday, Aug. 31, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant) Nate Hinze, centre, of the United States goes to shoot as Alberto Pellegrini, right, of Italy moves to block during their men's basketball group A preliminary round match at the 2012 Paralympics games, Friday, Aug. 31, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant) Photo by: Alastair Grant
  • Cuba's Yunidis Castillo competes at the women's 200m T46 round1 race, at the 2012 Paralympics in London, Friday, Aug. 31, 2012. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis) Cuba's Yunidis Castillo competes at the women's 200m T46 round1 race, at the 2012 Paralympics in London, Friday, Aug. 31, 2012. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis) Photo by: Lefteris Pitarakis
  • Susan Powell of Australia celebrates her gold medal after winning the Women's Individual C4 pursuit in the velodrome at the 2012 Paralympics games, Thursday, Aug. 30, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant) Susan Powell of Australia celebrates her gold medal after winning the Women's Individual C4 pursuit in the velodrome at the 2012 Paralympics games, Thursday, Aug. 30, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant) Photo by: Alastair Grant
  • Scott McPee, left and partner Kieran Modra of Australia in action in their gold medal race in the Men's Individual B Pursuit at the velodrome at the 2012 Paralympics games, Thursday, Aug. 30, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant) Scott McPee, left and partner Kieran Modra of Australia in action in their gold medal race in the Men's Individual B Pursuit at the velodrome at the 2012 Paralympics games, Thursday, Aug. 30, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant) Photo by: Alastair Grant
  • Britain's Derek Derenalagi makes a throw in the men's discus throw F57/58 category during the athletics competition at the 2012 Paralympics, Friday, Aug. 31, 2012, in London.  Derenalagi, who is originally from Fiji, required amputation on his legs after his vehicle was hit by an improvised explosive device in 2007 whilst serving for the British military in Afghanistan.  (AP Photo/Matt Dunham) Britain's Derek Derenalagi makes a throw in the men's discus throw F57/58 category during the athletics competition at the 2012 Paralympics, Friday, Aug. 31, 2012, in London. Derenalagi, who is originally from Fiji, required amputation on his legs after his vehicle was hit by an improvised explosive device in 2007 whilst serving for the British military in Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham) Photo by: Matt Dunham
  • China's Shan Lin, blocks the ball during a women's preliminary round goalball match between Britain and China, at the 2012 Paralympics, Thursday, Aug. 30, 2012, in London. China won the match 7-1. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis) China's Shan Lin, blocks the ball during a women's preliminary round goalball match between Britain and China, at the 2012 Paralympics, Thursday, Aug. 30, 2012, in London. China won the match 7-1. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis) Photo by: Lefteris Pitarakis
  • United States' Asya Miller, right, blocks the ball during a women's preliminary round Group D goalball match against Sweden, at the 2012 Paralympics, Thursday, Aug. 30, 2012, in London. United States won the match 5-1. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis) United States' Asya Miller, right, blocks the ball during a women's preliminary round Group D goalball match against Sweden, at the 2012 Paralympics, Thursday, Aug. 30, 2012, in London. United States won the match 5-1. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis) Photo by: Lefteris Pitarakis
  • Germany's Markus Rehm makes a world record jump of 7.14 meters in the men's long jump F42/44 final during the athletics competition at the 2012 Paralympics, Friday, Aug. 31, 2012, in London.  (AP Photo/Matt Dunham) Germany's Markus Rehm makes a world record jump of 7.14 meters in the men's long jump F42/44 final during the athletics competition at the 2012 Paralympics, Friday, Aug. 31, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham) Photo by: Matt Dunham
  • Germany's Markus Rehm makes a world record jump of 7.14 meters in the men's long jump F42/44 final during the athletics competition at the 2012 Paralympics, Friday, Aug. 31, 2012, in London.  (AP Photo/Matt Dunham) Germany's Markus Rehm makes a world record jump of 7.14 meters in the men's long jump F42/44 final during the athletics competition at the 2012 Paralympics, Friday, Aug. 31, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham) Photo by: Matt Dunham
  • Denmark's Mikael Andersen, center, runs with is guide as competes at the men's 1500m T11 round 1 race, at the 2012 Paralympics in London, Friday, Aug. 31, 2012. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis) Denmark's Mikael Andersen, center, runs with is guide as competes at the men's 1500m T11 round 1 race, at the 2012 Paralympics in London, Friday, Aug. 31, 2012. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis) Photo by: Lefteris Pitarakis
  • Joseph Berenyi of the U.S. races en route to winning the gold medal in the men's Individual C3 pursuit final during the cycling competition at the 2012 Paralympics, Friday, Aug. 31, 2012, in London.  (AP Photo) Joseph Berenyi of the U.S. races en route to winning the gold medal in the men's Individual C3 pursuit final during the cycling competition at the 2012 Paralympics, Friday, Aug. 31, 2012, in London. (AP Photo) Photo by: AP Photo
  • Joseph Berenyi of the U.S. poses with his gold medal after winning the men's Individual C3 pursuit final during the cycling competition at the 2012 Paralympics, Friday, Aug. 31, 2012, in London.  (AP Photo) Joseph Berenyi of the U.S. poses with his gold medal after winning the men's Individual C3 pursuit final during the cycling competition at the 2012 Paralympics, Friday, Aug. 31, 2012, in London. (AP Photo) Photo by: AP Photo
  • Britain's David Weir, no 2, competes at men's 5000m T54 round one race, at the 2012 Paralympics in London, Friday, Aug. 31, 2012. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis) Britain's David Weir, no 2, competes at men's 5000m T54 round one race, at the 2012 Paralympics in London, Friday, Aug. 31, 2012. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis) Photo by: Lefteris Pitarakis
  • United State's Jessica Long reacts after wining the Women's 100m Butterfly S8 category at the 2012 Paralympics Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 30, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti) United State's Jessica Long reacts after wining the Women's 100m Butterfly S8 category at the 2012 Paralympics Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 30, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti) Photo by: Emilio Morenatti
  • Britain's Georgina Bullen, left, and Anna Sharkey block the ball during a women's preliminary round goalball match between Britain and China, at the 2012 Paralympics, Thursday, Aug. 30, 2012, in London. China won the match 7-1. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis) Britain's Georgina Bullen, left, and Anna Sharkey block the ball during a women's preliminary round goalball match between Britain and China, at the 2012 Paralympics, Thursday, Aug. 30, 2012, in London. China won the match 7-1. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis) Photo by: Lefteris Pitarakis
  • Denmark's Kamilla Ryding, left, and Maria Larsen, right, try to block the ball during a women's preliminary round goalball match between Denmark and Brazil, at the 2012 Paralympics, Thursday, Aug. 30, 2012, in London. Brazil won the match 2-0.  (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis) Denmark's Kamilla Ryding, left, and Maria Larsen, right, try to block the ball during a women's preliminary round goalball match between Denmark and Brazil, at the 2012 Paralympics, Thursday, Aug. 30, 2012, in London. Brazil won the match 2-0. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis) Photo by: Lefteris Pitarakis
  • Jessica Long of the United States smiles after winning gold in the women's 400m Freestyle S8 category at the 2012 Paralympics, Friday, Aug. 31, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth) Jessica Long of the United States smiles after winning gold in the women's 400m Freestyle S8 category at the 2012 Paralympics, Friday, Aug. 31, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth) Photo by: Kirsty Wigglesworth
  • Jessica Long of the United States swims to win gold in the women's 400m Freestyle S8 category at the 2012 Paralympics, Friday, Aug. 31, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth) Jessica Long of the United States swims to win gold in the women's 400m Freestyle S8 category at the 2012 Paralympics, Friday, Aug. 31, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth) Photo by: Kirsty Wigglesworth
  • Jessica Long of the United States celebrates winning the gold medal in the women's 100m Butterfly S8 category, during the medal ceremony at the 2012 Paralympics, Thursday, Aug. 30, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth) Jessica Long of the United States celebrates winning the gold medal in the women's 100m Butterfly S8 category, during the medal ceremony at the 2012 Paralympics, Thursday, Aug. 30, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth) Photo by: Kirsty Wigglesworth
  • United States' Jessica Long jumps on the swimming pool ahead of Women's 400m Freestyle S8 category at the 2012 Paralympics Olympics, Friday, Aug. 31, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti) United States' Jessica Long jumps on the swimming pool ahead of Women's 400m Freestyle S8 category at the 2012 Paralympics Olympics, Friday, Aug. 31, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti) Photo by: Emilio Morenatti
  • United State's Jessica Long jumps before wining the Women's 100m Butterfly S8 category at the 2012 Paralympics Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 30, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti) United State's Jessica Long jumps before wining the Women's 100m Butterfly S8 category at the 2012 Paralympics Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 30, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti) Photo by: Emilio Morenatti

SAN DIEGO, September 1, 2012 – Athletes from 44 nations have won 206 gold, silver and bronze medals in the first two days of competition at the 2012 London Paralympic Games.

China has won 34 medals; Australia has 19 medals; and Ukraine has 16 medals.

American swimmer Jessica Long, 20, is tied for the most individual medals with two golds for her wins in the 100 meter freestyle and 400 meter freestyle. Long is schedules to swim in seven more events, with the potential to be the Paralympics biggest medal winner. 

Cyclist Joseph Berenyi won gold in the men’s 3K individual pursuit race. The 43-year-old from Aurora, Illinois lost his right arm and a kneecap 18 years ago in a construction accident. He underwent numerous surgeries and was told he would have trouble walking the rest of his life. Cycling was an interest prior to his acident, and his neighbors encouraged him to try again after his accident to get in shape.

Everywhere you turn at the Paralympics, there are compeling stories. Labor Day Weekend is a great time to check in on the action. Most of the key action takes place early in the day Eastern Time, between 5 a.m. and 2 p.m. Eastern Time.

Live and on-demand coverage of all Paralympic sports can be viewed on the excellent Paralympics YouTube website.  along with summary reports aired daily, available on demand as they are produced.

 See the full schedule of the 21 Paralympic sports here.

 

Gayle Lynn Falkenthal, APR, is President/Owner of the Falcon Valley Group in San Diego, California. She writes on professional cycling and covers the Sweet Science for Communities, along with other news in the sports world. Read more Ringside Seat in the Communities at The Washington Times. Follow Gayle on Facebook and on Twitter @PRProSanDiego.

 

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Gayle Lynn Falkenthal, MS, APR, is President of the Falcon Valley Group, a San Diego based communications consulting firm. Falkenthal is a veteran award winning broadcast and print journalist, editor, producer, talk host and commentator. She is an instructor at National University in San Diego, and previously taught in the School of Journalism & Media Studies at San Diego State University.

 

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