UMass swimmer and Paralympian Mike Prout
Sept. 8, 2008
AMHERST, Mass. - UMass swimmer Mike Prout is in Beijing competing at the Paralympic Games which started over the weekend. The opening ceremonies were held on Saturday and competition kicked off Sunday as all events will take place at the same venues used for the Olympic Games last month. Prout is looking to defend his 400 meter freestyle gold medal from four years ago.
Fans have the opportunity to watch Prout go after gold at the Paralympic Games, running Sept. 6-17, with daily live and delayed highlight shows on UniversalSports.com and usparalympics.org. The official U.S. Paralympic Team site will also host daily video blogs from U.S. athletes and delegation members. Beginning in 2009, the U.S. Olympic Network will re-air portions of the 2008 Paralympic Games.
Prout has already competed in one event. On Monday morning, he placed fifth in his heat of the 100 meter freestyle with a time of 59.18. He is scheduled to swim again in his specialty, the 400 meter free, with opening heats slated for Friday.
Prout will also be competing in the 50 meter free as well. Heats for that event are scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 14.
The Paralympic Games are an elite sporting event for persons with physical disabilities. In Beijing, a total of 4,000 athletes from around 150 countries are competing in 20 sports and the U.S. is represented by 213 athletes.