Noah: Hello! Welcome to the USADSF Spotlight with Noah Special Edition! I am Noah Valencia. Yesterday, Our Trivia Thursday question for you was “Which Deaflympics did the United States of America send the most athletes to?” The answer is the 2001 Summer Deaflympics at Rome, Italy.
Noah: Rome, Italy was the host of the 19th Summer Deaflympics. It tallied 67 countries along with 2, 208 athletes. Among the numbers, USADSF brought 191 athletes. Not just that of a special achievement of bringing 191 athletes but it was a special Deaflympics for another reason in 2001 at Rome. The old name of the Games was called the “World Games for the Deaf” (WGD). After discussions among Board Members (CISS/ICSD) and with International Olympic Committee (IOC)’s approval, the name was changed from WGD to a new name, Deaflympics which is the name that we currently use. 2001 marks the first time we used the name “Deaflympics”, an important year along with the USA bringing 191 athletes and the name change. Incredible.
Noah: Now I will show you a few pictures of the 2001 Summer Deaflympics in Rome, Italy.
Pictures shows track team, men’s basketball team, cycling, women’s handball team, women’s volleyball team, and the Rome logo
Noah: In summary, the answer is in Rome, Italy (2001 Deaflympics) where we sent 191 athletes. Until then, so long.