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Goalball athletes who traveled to Turnstone will represent Team USA in Tokyo

Turnstone US Olympic and Paralympic training site 2021

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA21) - The US Olympic and Paralympic committee announced the 12 goalball athletes who will represent Team USA at the Tokyo Paralympic Games Wednesday afternoon.

The United States Association of Blind Athletes (USABA) announced the men’s and women’s goalball athletes who will play for Team USA in the upcoming Paralympic Games.

The 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo, Japan were rescheduled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Athletes from across the US joined coaches and other staff at the Turnstone Center.

They said they're eager to get back on the court to compete at the highest level.

During the team announcement, Turnstone Center also unveiled its new Olympic and Paralympic Training Site markers.

Named to the men’s team were Zach Buhler (Huntington, Ind.), John Kusku (Commerce Township, Mich.), Tyler Merren (Coral Springs, Fla.), Matt Simpson (Smyrna, Ga.), Daryl Walker (Jacksonville, Fla.) and Calahan Young (Irwin, Pa.).

The women’s team members are Mindy Cook (Columbus, Ohio), Lisa Czechowski (Boonton, N.J.), Amanda Dennis (Peachtree City, Ga.), Marybai Huking (Salt Lake City, Utah), Eliana Mason (Beaverton, Ore.) and Asya Miller (Portland, Ore.).

The men's team is fresh off a victory over the defending Paralympic champion Lithuania in a tournament last month.

The women's team captured silver.

Both athletes and coaches said 2020 was a challenging year as they tried to stay in shape and maintain team synergy despite not being able to meet in person.

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