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Rio 2016 Paralympics: Meet members of Team USA
The 2016 Rio Paralympic Opening Ceremonies will take place Sept. 7-18. For a full list of Team USA members, visit http://www.teamusa.org/
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Colleen Young: Para Swimming

Colleen Young, a St. Louis, Missouri, native, was born with albinism and is legally blind. The Fairfield University student competed in the 2012 London Games and holds the American records in 50-yard breastsroke, 100-yard breaststroke, 200-yard breaststroke, 50-meter breaststroke, 100-meter breaststroke, 200-meter breaststroke and 200-meter medley. She also holds the world record in 200-meter breastsroke. Follow her Rio journey on Twitter. To meet the rest of Team USA, click here.
(@coroyo)

Jill Walsh: Para Cyclying

Jill Walsh, a Jamesville, New York, resident, was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) in 2010. Walsh took home gold at the 2015 Para Cycling Road World Championships for Team USA after previously scoring both a silver and bronze in 2014. The 52-year-old mother of three switched to cycling from triathlons when running became too difficult. Follow her Rio journey on Facebook. To meet the rest of Team USA, click here.
(Jill Walsh Facebook)

Dave Wagner: Wheelchair Tennis

Dave Wagner was paralyzed in a 1995 accident in the surf off the coast of Redondo Beach, California, in which he broke his neck and damaged his spinal cord. The Chula Vista, California, resident will be seeking his fourth gold medal in Rio, after bringing home the doubles gold medal in 2012, 2008 and 2004. Follow his Rio journey on Twitter. To meet the rest of Team USA, click here.
(@wagnertennis)

Matt Stutzman: Archery

Matt Stutzman, a Kalona, Iowa, resident, was born without arms but wouldn't let it get in the way of his love for archery. The 33-year-old comes from a family of hunters and taught himself to shoot an arrow using his foot. The 2012 Paralympic Games silver medalist also set a Guiness World Record for longest accurate shot and set a goal to become the world's best archer. Follow his Rio journey on Facebook. To meet the rest of Team USA, click here.
(The Armless Archer)

Melissa Stockwell: Paratriathlon

Melissa Stockwell lives in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, and is Purple Heart recipient.  Stockwell, a former Second Liteunant in the Army, had her left leg amputated above the knee after being hit by a roadside bomb in Baghdad in 2004. The 36-year-old mom first represented Team USA at the 2008 Beijing Paralympic Games before becoming a triathlete. She is a three-time Paratriathlon National and World Champion. Follow her Rio journey on Twitter. To meet the rest of Team USA, click here.
(@MStockwell01)

Megan Absten: Track & Field

Megan Absten, an Anna Maria, Florida, resident, lost her left arm in an all-terrain vehicle accident. The 21-year-old wrestled in high school and won a silver medal in the 100-meter race at the 2013 U.S. Paralympics Track and Field Nationals, as well as a silver medal in the 200-meter race. Follow her Rio journey on Facebook. To meet the rest of Team USA, click here.
(Megan Absten Facebook)

Mason Abbiate: Para Soccer

Mason Abbiate, an 18-year-old San Diego, California, resident is the youngest player in the history of Team USA's paralympic soccer team. He was born premature at 26 weeks, and weighed just over two pounds. Abbiate was diagnosed with a brain bleed and hydrocephalus, which is a buildup of fluid in the ventricles. Abbiate was diagnosed with cerebral palsy and will be making his Paralympic debut in Rio. Follow his Rio journey  on Facebook. To meet the rest of Team USA, click here.
(Mason Abbiate Facebook)

Rio 2016 Paralympics: Meet members of Team USA

The 2016 Rio Paralympic Opening Ceremonies will take place Sept. 7-18. For a full list of Team USA members, visit http://www.teamusa.org/

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