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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

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Joseph Schooling eyes Michael Phelps’ world record at world champs

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Shortly after Joseph Schooling upset Michael Phelps in the Rio Olympic 100m butterfly, the Singapore swimmer made his next goal quite clear.

Take Phelps’ 100m butterfly world record.

Schooling repeated that claim after returning to the University of Texas for his junior season in November and again following March’s NCAA Championships, where he was beaten by Caeleb Dressel in the 100-yard butterfly.

The goal is apparently an imminent one.

Schooling said he believes he can break Phelps’ record at the world championships in Budapest in July, according to Channel News Asia. It would require lowering his personal best by more than a half-second.

“I’m looking forward to that race, and deep down I think if I do what I know I can do, if I execute everything well perfectly, I’d have a really good shot,” Schooling said Thursday, according to the report.

Schooling, 21, hasn’t raced a 100m butterfly since the Olympics, where he clocked 50.39 seconds. That broke Phelps’ Olympic record of 50.58 set at the 2008 Olympics. It’s the fifth-fastest time ever.

All of the top four times, including Phelps’ world record of 49.82, were set in 2009 at the peak of the high-tech swimsuit era.

“My dad told me 50.39 is a world record in a textile suit, but I want the world record on paper,” Schooling reportedly said less than a week after his Olympic title in August. “My next goal is breaking 49.8.”

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Aly Raisman calls out airport worker for ‘muscles’ comment

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Three-time Olympic champion Aly Raisman called out a male airport security worker who she says questioned whether she had enough muscles to be a gymnast.

Raisman posted on Twitter on Wednesday that after a female Transportation Security Administration worker said she recognized Raisman by her biceps, a male employee said, “I don’t see any muscles.” Raisman called the encounter “rude & uncomfortable.”

Raisman, who turned 23 Thursday, says she works “very hard to be healthy & fit.” She says that if a man can’t compliment a girl’s muscles, he’s sexist.

Raisman didn’t say where or when the airport exchange took place.

Raisman previously authored a powerful social media post about body image, shouting out “to all the boys from 5th-9th grade who made fun of me for being ‘too strong’” in November.

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