Quick look at the first day of the Paralympics from an admittedly U.S.-centric point of view:
- Six medals for the USA, including gold for swimmer Jessica Long. (Great global swimming roundup at SwimSwam.com)
- Matt Stutzman, the armless archer, took first in the ranking round (qualifying).
- Women’s goalball: USA 5-1 Sweden.
- Men’s wheelchair basketball: Turkey 59-50 USA.
- Women’s wheelchair basketball: USA 63-24 France.
(First person to make a comment about Title IX gets banned from this blog for life. Well, first person to make a dumb one, anyway.)
Total medal count so far: China 15, Australia 9, Ukraine 8, Britain 7. Tied at 6: Germany, USA, Spain.
Gold medals so far: China 6, Australia 3. Tied at 2: Britain, Ukraine, Germany, Russia.