The first events of the Tokyo Paralympic Games get underway Tuesday night (U.S. time) and will continue into the Wednesday morning hours. By the end of the competition day, a number of medals will be awarded in swimming and track cycling, and the United States will have played its first preliminary games in wheelchair rugby, women's wheelchair basketball, and women's goalball.

Below is a rundown of what to watch on Day 1 of the Paralympic Games. All events listed below can be streamed live on, and many can also be seen as part of the NBCSN broadcast.

TV Schedule

Event(s) Time Network
Opening Ceremony (Re-Air) 7p-10p ET NBCSN (Live Stream)
Wheelchair Basketball, Wheelchair Rugby, Track Cycling, Swimming 10p-3a ET NBCSN (Live Stream)
Wheelchair Rugby, Track Cycling, Swimming 3a-9a ET NBCSN (Live Stream)

NBCSN will have full coverage of the first night of Paralympic competition, starting with a re-air of the Opening Ceremony at 7 p.m. ET. From there, coverage will include Team USA's matches in wheelchair basketball and wheelchair rugby, as well as finals in swimming and track cycling.

Wheelchair Basketball

Event Time Link
Algeria vs China (W) 8:00 p.m. ET Live Stream
USA vs Netherlands (W) 10:15 p.m. ET Live Stream

The U.S. women's wheelchair basketball team begins its Paralympic title defense with a preliminary match against the Netherlands. Although only three players return from the team that won gold in 2016, the U.S. squad has restocked with young talent that includes teenagers Ixhelt Gonzalez, 17, and Bailey Moody, 19. Rose Hollermann, 25, is back for her third Paralympic Games and is expected to be one of Team USA's key players in this tournament.

The U.S. will be tested right off the bat, as the Netherlands is one of the gold medal favorites. Led by 22-year-old star Bo Kramer, the Dutch women captured their first world title in 2018 and are now going for their first Paralympic title.

Wheelchair Rugby

Event Time Link
USA vs New Zealand 10:30 p.m. ET Live Stream
Australia vs Denmark 1:00 a.m. ET Live Stream
Great Britain vs Canada 4:30 a.m. ET Live Stream
Japan vs France 7:00 a.m. ET Live Stream

Wheelchair rugby, a sport popularized by the 2005 documentary "Murderball," opens its Paralympic tournament with four preliminary matches. The United States, attempting to win its first Paralympic title since 2008, plays New Zealand in its opening match.

The U.S. team is led by veteran player and Opening Ceremony flagbearer Chuck Aoki, who was also part of the rosters that won bronze in 2012 and silver in 2016. Other teams with high expectations this year include Australia, the two-time defending gold medalists, and Japan, the reigning world champions.

Track Cycling

Event Time Link
Track Cycling Qualifying 9:00 p.m. ET Live Stream
Track Cycling Finals 12:45 a.m. ET Live Stream

The first day of track cycling features qualifying and finals for several classifications in the individual pursuit. Americans to watch include Shawn Morelli (defending Paralympic champion in the women's C4 pursuit), Jamie Whitmore (2016 Paralympic silver medalist in the women's C1-3 pursuit), and Clara Brown (a rising star who will compete in the women's C1-3 pursuit).

Also of note: Great Britain's Sarah Storey will be competing at her eighth Paralympic Games. She currently holds 14 Paralympic gold medals—some from swimming, some from cycling—and can break her country's all-time record with three more gold medals. Her first chance to add to that medal collection will come in the women's C5 pursuit.


Event Time Link
Swimming Heats 8:00 p.m. ET Live Stream
Swimming Finals 4:00 a.m. ET Live Stream

The first day of swimming events will culminate in 16 medal races. American athletes to watch include Lawrence Sapp (men's 100m butterfly S14), Keegan Knott, Summer Schmit, Natalie Sims (women's 400m freestyle S9), David Abrahams (men's 100m butterfly S13) and Gia Pergolini (women's 100m butterfly S13).


Event Time Link
Germany vs Turkey (M) 4:30 a.m. ET Live Stream
Israel vs Australia (W) 6:00 a.m. ET Live Stream
USA vs Brazil (W) 7:30 a.m. ET Live Stream

A sport for athletes with vision impairments, goalball features three athletes per team attempting to score by rolling the ball into the opposition's goal. While on defense, players listen for the sounds of bells inside the ball and the attacking player's footsteps in order to locate the ball and block it.

The U.S. women's team, which plays Brazil in its opening preliminary game, returns five of the six athletes from the team that won a bronze medal at the 2016 Paralympics.