In 2008, sprinter Sabra Hawkes called running in the Beijing Games “a dream.” She qualified for Team USA after winning the 100m dash, and placing second in the 200m during a qualifying event at Arizona University. Although Hawkes did not medal in Beijing, she’s held on to her Paralympic dream and is now training for London 2012.
Sabra, who has cerebral palsy, began running during her sophomore year in high school. Her high school did not have a track and field program, so she entered a meet for athletes with disabilities – and surprised herself by winning, even though she’d had no coaching.
Since then Hawkes has continued to win. By the time she began her college years at Keene State College she’d competed internationally in the CP World Championships, the Para-World Championships, and the Parapan American Games in Brazil, where she won a gold medal in the 200m and a silver in the 100m, setting new American records.
Sabra continues to pursue a degree in Health Promotion and Fitness. As her father Brett Hawkes says, “She seized the day and ran with it.”
Sabra Hawkes will be blogging for MEDAL QUEST in July. She’s on Twitter @SabraHawkes.Back To Athletes
Did you know that the U.S. Paralympic Sled Hockey Team is in the running for the International Paralympic Committee's 'Best Team' from the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi? Learn more about Team USA here: http://ow.ly/w5cDU Then, cast your vote here: www.Paralympic.org
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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The gold-medal winning U.S. Paralympic Sled Hockey Team is one of five nominees for the International Paralympic Committee's Best Team from the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia. Public voting is taking place at Paralympic.org through Tuesday (April 29).
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Watch Paralympic sled hockey forward Dan McCoy's reaction as family, friends, and fans chant "USA! USA! USA!" to welcome him home from Sochi: http://cbsloc.al/1pb5mre
Get to know Dan: http://to.pbs.org/1hMUJqu
We watched him grow up on his hockey sled. From the time he was a youngster, Dan McCoy showed us he had something special.
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Paralympic gold medalists Adam Page and Paul Schaus return home from Sochi to a crowd of fans. "To have a big welcome home like this," Page said, "is a pretty cool feeling." http://ow.ly/viWqR
Two gold medalists arrived home in Buffalo-- to a big crowd.
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Paralympian snowboarder Amy Purdy is ready to pull out a new bag of tricks on "Dancing With the Stars." The 34-year-old Sochi bronze medalist, who lost her lower legs due to bacterial meningitis at age 19, is dishing on her current gig on the celebrity ballroom competition, and she's revealing how s...
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