Cheri Blauwet, seven-time Paralympic medalist and now a medical doctor, has turned her skills to preventing athlete accidents.
9 September 2012 - The last day of the Paralympics was a wrap-up day, just a few events. But the US went out on a strong note: Wheelchair rugby cruised to a 53-43 win in their final match, bringing home the bronze, and in the women’s marathon (T54), Team USA’s Shirley Reilly won gold.
8 September 2012 - Today was the last full day of competition, and the MEDAL QUEST team and I were drawn to Track and Field again. We were especially watching the preliminary heats for the women’s 100m (T-54) wheelchair race to see the McFadden sisters, Tatyana and Hannah, sprinting head to head.
2 September 2012 - London’s normal rains came back today, slowing down the outdoor events. Paralympic athletes compete in the rain, of course, just as able-bodied athletes do. But sometimes conditions get slick or dangerous, and the very strict Paralympic competition timetables slip.
1 September 2012 - The MEDAL QUEST team has media credentials, which means we can enter the stadiums at special entrances. It’s all very carefully controlled: security screens our camera bags every time we enter the park, and volunteers check the tags around our necks to enter the stadium, to get to shooting positions, to get around to a new place to work, at every door and gate.
31 August, 2012 - Another beautiful day in London. I’ve been surprised every day when the sun shines, after the soggy wet spring and early summer Britain had. Fingers crossed that the weather holds as the Track and Field and Soccer events are starting!
Last night the athletes of Team USA selected their 2012 flag bearer for 2012 -- 5-time Paralympian Scott Danberg, who competes in discus this year and also has competed in shot put. On Thursday morning, US swimmer Trischa Zorn, the most decorated Paralympian of all times - 51 medals, 37 of them gold! - will be inducted into the Paralympics Hall of fame.
As we travel along the road of life, we are often called back to our roots in unexpected ways. This return can elicit mixed and complex emotions of nostalgia, excitement, reflection of times past, pride, and even contentment. They are associated with events that we know were formative to who we are today, and that create the summative experience of our lives.
Hi MQ fans,
As you know, MEDAL QUEST will be reporting live from London starting next Monday, two days before Opening Ceremonies. We’ll have descriptions of what’s happening and what it feels like to be there cheering, photos from the arenas, stats like who won and how fast they went, more -- and we’ll be posting new video every day after the Games start.