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Watch NBCSN profiles of star U.S. Paralympians in Rio

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NBCSN’s ongoing coverage of the Rio Paralympics includes daily stories of some of the world’s most dominant athletes.

Here’s a selection of short profiles on some of Team USA’s stars:

How Tatyana McFadden went from a Russian orphanage to Team USA’s biggest star going into the Rio Paralympics:

Jessica Long‘s path from 12-year-old Paralympic rookie through 12 gold medals to recent struggles:

How Jamie Whitmore dealt with a cancer diagnosis as the most accomplished off-road triathlete:

Lex Gillette reflects on losing his sight at 8 years old and finding track and field:

Jarryd Wallace looks back on the decision to amputate his right leg at age 20 and the Paralympic goals he immediately set and reached:

How Dartanyon Crockett uses a musical instrument as an outlet from judo:

Winter Paralympic medalist Amy Purdy looks ahead to dancing in the Opening Ceremony:

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Inside the #RoadtoRio photo shoots

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Bringing together over 100 Summer Olympians and Olympic hopefuls with puppies, samba dancers and supermodels, NBC Olympics and the United States Olympic Committee partnered for an extensive five-day media summit in West Hollywood, Ca. The athletes took part in photo shoots, interviews and video segments all in preparation for next summer’s Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Over the course of the summit, participants shared behind-the-scenes moments on social media using the #RoadtoRio hashtag. NBC Olympics also launched its official Snapchat account, with the username NBCOlympics. Here are some of the highlights:

Olympians fell in puppy love:

 

Then got a crash course in Brazil’s signature dance, the samba:

 

A photobooth with props let the athletes–and even Bob Costas–show off their silly sides:

 

Olympic fans like Alessandra Ambrosio and Flula dropped by:

 

In between shoots, athletes from different sports mingled:

 

The faux-Rio beach was the perfect set:

 

But these Olympic stars needed only a simple white backdrop to shine:

Wait who is the Olympian here! Linnéa stealing the show at the @nbcolympics #roadtorio

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