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Team USA awards Paralympic nominees announced

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U.S. Paralympics announced the nominees for Team USA Awards following the Rio Games on Sunday.

Public voting for the awards, part of the makeup for deciding the winners, is open online here through Friday at 5 p.m. ET.

Winners will be announced at the awards show Sept. 28 in Washington, D.C., one day after the Olympic and Paralympic teams will be honored at the White House.

The show will air on NBCSN on Oct. 4 from 10-11 p.m. ET.

The Olympic award nominees were announced before the Rio Olympic Closing Ceremony. The Olympic awards public voting deadline has passed.

Female Athlete of the Paralympics
Tatyana McFadden, Track and Field — Four golds, two silvers in seven events
Becca Meyers, Swimming — Three golds, one silver in five events, including three world records
Shawn Morelli, Cycling — Two golds in three events, one each in road and track
Grace Norman, Paratriathlon — Gold in paratriathlon debut; bronze in track 400m
Becca Murray, Wheelchair Basketball — Led the U.S. gold-medal team with 24.1 points per game

Male Athlete of the Paralympics
Will Groulx, Cycling — One gold, two silvers in three road events
Steve Serio, Wheelchair Basketball — Averaged 14 points, 8 rebounds, 10 assists in last three games en route to gold
Andre Shelby, Archery — Individual compound gold less than three years after starting the sport
Brad Snyder, Swimming — Three golds, one silver in five events
Roderick Townsend, Track and Field — Paralympic records in winning high jump, long jump

Team of the Paralympics
Men’s Goalball — Silver medal after not qualifying for London 2012
Women’s Sitting Volleyball — Gold medal, going 4-1 in Rio, outscoring opponents 407-225
Men’s Wheelchair Basketball — First gold medal since 1988, undefeated since 2014
Women’s Wheelchair Basketball — Gold medal, beating defending champ Germany 62-45 in the final
Wheelchair Rugby — Silver medal, falling to Australia in double overtime in the final

MORE: U.S. finishes fourth in Paralympic medal standings

After accident, Olympian Jamie Nieto walks at his wedding

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After two-time Olympic high jumper Jamie Nieto suffered a spinal cord injury while attempting a standing back flip in April 2016, he decided to set a goal for himself. Nietro was determined to walk down the aisle at his own wedding.

On Saturday, July 22, 2017, Nieto walked to the altar in front of everyone gathered at Christ Temple Apostolic Church in east San Diego – something his doctors said might not be possible.

Nieto, with some assistance, entered the church where he then married his bride, Jamaican hurdler Shevon Stoddart, exactly how he set out to – on his feet.

Images courtesy of Ramon Galindo/NBC San Diego

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Kerri Walsh Jennings dislocates shoulder in Poland (video)

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Five-time Olympian Kerri Walsh Jennings dislocated her shoulder during the semifinals of a beach volleyball tournament in Poland and forfeited the bronze medal match.

Walsh Jennings and new partner Nicole Branagh were tied in the third set of their match against Canada on Saturday when Walsh Jennings dove for the ball with her right arm and twisted her hand in the sand. After a four-minute delay, Canada went on to win the third set 16-14 and advance to the gold medal match.

“I just went for a short dig and the surface in Europe is so shallow and so hard and there’s no give for our bodies,” Walsh Jennings explained after the match in an interview with her shoulder wrapped in ice.

Walsh Jennings had surgery on the same shoulder during the run-up to the 2016 Rio Olympics, where she and April Ross won the bronze medal. Walsh Jennings won three gold medals with Misty May Treanor.

Walsh Jennings said she is looking forward to returning to the FIVB World Tour in Vienna in one week.

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