By U.S. Olympic Committee | Sep 17, 2012, 3:29 PM ET
U.S. Men's Quad Doubles Wheelchair Tennis Team, Paralympic Team of the Year
The U.S. men's quad doubles tennis team of Nick Taylor (Wichita, Kan.) and David Wagner (Hillsboro, Ore.) captured its third consecutive gold medal at the London 2012 Paralympic Games. The winning duo, which has dominated the field since quad doubles was introduced at the 2004 Paralympic Games, outlasted favorites Andrew Lapthorne and Peter Norfolk of Great Britain, 6-2, 5-7, 6-2, to defend its title. Taylor and Wagner opened the 2011-12 campaign by aiding the U.S. to its seventh world team cup championship last May. Four months later, the duo combined to win its seventh grand slam doubles title at the 2011 U.S. Open. Prior to the Games, the pair finished third at the 2012 World Team Cup. In addition to winning doubles gold at the London Games, Taylor and Wagner each medaled in the individual competition, with Wagner claiming silver and bringing his total medal count to five, and Taylor earning bronze to improve his medal count to four overall.
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Reported by: Katie Taube
Published: 8/03 6:22 pm
WICHITA, Kansas -- A man born and raised in Wichita is headed to London to compete in his third Paralympics.
Nick Taylor never imagined a decision he made in high school would lead him on world wide adventures, and says he wants other disabled people to give athletics a try.
In a wheelchair his entire life, Nick Taylor knew heading into his freshman year he wanted to play a high school sport.
"My joke is, they weren't gonna let me play football," laughs Nick.
Nick's options were golf or tennis.
He chose tennis.
Jennifer Kreutzzer is recognized as a Girl Scout leader in Traditions & Trailblazing magazine. Read her article on page 26.
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