Cheri Blauwet began her athletics career in high school, when a track coach recruited her for the team. Born and raised on a farm in Iowa, Cheri’s spinal cord was injured in a farm accident as a young child, and she says her family always encouraged her to see disability as simply another way of living, not as an impairment.
So she began racing for the high school team, and by her sophomore year Blauwet had set records at the state level and begun competing nationally. She combined athletics and academics with great success, studying molecular biology at the University of Arizona, then medicine at Stanford Medical School, while winning seven Paralympic medals throughout her track and field career.
Cheri won a silver (100m) and three bronze medals (200m, 400m, 800m) at the 2000 Paralympic Games in Sydney, and a gold (800m) and two bronze medals (5,000m, marathon) at the 2004 Paralympic Games in Athens. She also won the New York City Marathon (2003, 2004), the Los Angeles Marathon (2003, 2004, 3005, and 2008), and the Boston Marathon (2004, 2005). In 2004, she also won the Paul Hearne Leadership Award for emerging leaders, given by the American Association of People with Disabilities.
Blauwet just finished her year as the chief resident at Harvard Medical School in the specialty of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. In an interview with the Association of American Medical Colleges, she revealed she’d been interested in medicine from a young age: “From attending the pediatric SCI [spinal cord injury] clinic as a toddler, to popping wheelies in my first wheelchair when I was 5 or 6, to having major orthopedic spine surgery when I was 12, I had already seen it all (good, bad, and ugly) by the time I was a teenager… I began to observe that many health care providers had a hard time understanding that simply because I was a young person with a spinal cord injury, I was not inherently sick or flawed. I was just me, moving around the Earth on wheels instead of on two feet.”
Cheri Blauwet will be attending the London Paralympic Games in a manner that now represents the next chapter of her career: as a member of the International Paralympic Committee’s Medical Committee. Blauwet will be blogging for MEDAL QUEST from the Games.Back To Athletes
What Sochi looks like now, before our athletes arrive for the Winter Games. ens.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/12/02/in-olympic-sochi-a-photographic-pregame/?_r=0
December 02, 2013 at 7:43 pm
100 Paralympic stories to watch for - especially here on MEDAL QUEST! http://www.paralympic.org/blog/stuart-lieberman-100-storylines-sochi-2014
With 100 days to go until the Sochi 2014 Paralympics, the IPC’s Editorial Co-ordinator previews 100 storylines to look out for, starting with...
November 27, 2013 at 1:38 pm
Fascinating look at how the Sled Hockey tournament line-up for Sochi, now set, might impact Team USA's quest for the gold. http://www.insidethegames.biz/paralympics/winter-sports/ice-sledge-hockey/1016707-tough-task-for-defending-ice-sledge-hockey-champions-at-sochi-2014
America face a tough task if they are to successfully defend their Winter Paralympic ice sledge hockey title at Sochi 2014 following the announcement today of the preliminary groups.
November 18, 2013 at 3:53 pm
Alana Nichols - back on the slopes! http://www.daily-times.com/four_corners-sports/ci_24510884/alana-nichols-course-2014-sochi-paralympic-games. Also check out our profile http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/medal-quest/video/detail/alana-nichols-my-competitive-spirit/
FARMINGTON - Alana Nichols is no stranger to mountain crashes. She is also familiar with making triumphant comebacks.
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Tatyana McFadden takes the Grand Slam - an unprecedented set of wins at Chicago, Boston, London, and now NYC Marathons, all in one year! Congrats from all of us at MQ!
November 03, 2013 at 3:50 pm
November 02, 2013 at 9:55 pm
Best of luck to MQ's Tatyana McFadden, going for the Marathon grand slam this weekend in NYC. She's been on a roll all year, winning Boston, London and Chicago, plus six events at July’s World Championships. And as soon as she's raced in NY, she turns to qualifying for the Sochi 2014 Paralympics in cross country skiing. We’re all cheering for you, Tatyana! http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/medal-quest/video/detail/mcfadden-v-mcfadden-100m/
For the first time, two sisters, Tatyana and Hannah McFadden, competed head-to-head in the women’s 100m wheelchair finals in London. Their mother tells MEDAL QUEST she's already won gold, having these two remarkable athletes as daughters.
November 02, 2013 at 2:04 pm
October 29, 2013 at 7:22 pm
40 Marathons in 40 days - running the length of Great Britain to raise awareness of the Paralympic Movement! http://northernrunningguide.com/news.php/1576/international_paralympic_committee_athlete_of_the_year_chosen/full
Paralympic champion and marathon runner extraordinaire Richard Whitehead has been voted the International Paralympic Committee's Athlete of the Year for September.
October 28, 2013 at 5:55 pm
A week from today, Team USA takes over Times Square, NYC to celebrate 100 days left before the Sochi 2014 Games. Open and free from 5-8 p.m - Cheer the team and send MEDAL QUEST your pix!
October 22, 2013 at 7:11 pm
SHE DID IT! Congratulations to Tatyana McFadden on her historic win in Chicago http://www.nbcchicago.com/news/local/Tatyana-McFadden-Wins-Third-Straight-Chicago-Marathon-Wheelchair-Race-227578201.html
Chicago makes McFadden's third major marathon win this season.
October 13, 2013 at 4:37 pm
MQ's Tatyana McFadden tries for a "triple crown" in wheelchair marathons this weekend. We'll be cheering! http://nyti.ms/1bLgrJ6
Tatyana McFadden, a wheelchair racer, is aiming to win the Chicago Marathon, which would make her the first person to capture three major events in a season.
October 11, 2013 at 2:15 pm
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September 30, 2013 at 3:38 pm
Bigger and better - this Games, along with PBS's MEDAL QUEST coverage, NBC and USOC are planning "unprecedented" media. http://www.paralympic.org/news/nbc-and-usoc-buy-media-rights-sochi-2014-and-rio-2016
“We are absolutely delighted to announce this two-Games agreement with NBC and the USOC as it provides more airtime of the Paralympics than ever before in the U.S. Following the success of London 2012, we said it was absolutely essential for the growth of the Paralympic Movement and the Paralympic G...
September 26, 2013 at 3:31 pm
September 23, 2013 at 4:50 pm
TIme to start thinking ice - here's an insider look at Sled Hockey from Team USA's Taylor Lipsett http://www.teamusa.org/Team-USA-Winter-Bloggers/Taylor-Lipsett/Chemistry-Or-Alchemy
Usually, the first training camp is about getting to know new guys on the team, working on the basics and developing chemistry between each line.
September 23, 2013 at 2:35 pm
Richard Browne v Jonnie Peacock AGAIN this Sunday in Newcastle, GB - the hottest rivalry in racing? http://www.paralympic.org/news/richard-browne-race-jonnie-peacock-newcastle
The 100m T44 will be included in this weekend’s Great North City Games in Newcastle, Great Britain, which will be aired live on BBC 1.
September 13, 2013 at 7:09 pm
August 16, 2013 at 12:49 am
Two MEDAL QUEST Paralympians are nominated for Sportswoman of the Year! Big congrats to Tatyana McFadden (athletics) and Katie Holloyway (sitting volleyball). Learn more and vote before 9/9 http://e2.ma/message/311oh/rorizc
August 16, 2013 at 12:42 am
US takes another 4 medals at the World Championships in Montreal! Watch online at http://www.paralympic.org/events/montreal-2013/live-stream
The 2013 IPC Swimming World Championships in Montreal, Canada, take place from 12-18 August. All evening sessions of this Championships will be streamed live and can be watched here.
August 14, 2013 at 1:45 pm
US Men's Wheelchair Basketball took gold in Bogota - also winning one of only 4 spots available for the next World Championships. http://www.paralympic.org/news/usa-claim-gold-mexico-shock-canada-americas-cup
There were only four spots available to the Americas for the 2014 World Championships, meaning that only the finalists will travel to the city of Incheon where the tournament will be held between 1-12 July next year.
August 12, 2013 at 7:53 pm
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