“How did it go?” and “Did you medal?” are the two most common questions I am encountering lately.
As an athlete, it is far more exciting to brag about moments of success, and it’s easier for fans and spectators to rally behind you in those times of victory. So what happens when you have a tough race, and well-intentioned people ask, “How’d it go?”
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.
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.
When I first began goalball, I never thought I would be sitting here today writing a blog about lessons learned. I began the sport in October 1995 as a junior in high school, and I did not have a lot of life experience. I had never flown on a plane or traveled away from the East Coast. Now it’s almost 17 years later – 3 Paralympics, 4 World Championships, many international and national tournaments – and it has been a great ride!
FROM: Katy Sullivan,
It’s interesting to me, this whole world of Paralympics. It’s not something that I ever saw myself doing, even though I’ve had my physical circumstance since birth. I never really saw myself as having a “disability,” and I always believed that I could do whatever it is that I wanted, as long as I worked hard and trusted in myself.
About a week ago now was my four-year anniversary of getting back in the water after being paralyzed in January of 2008. I remember April 8, 2008 just like it was yesterday. I had been paralyzed for nearly four months, and here I was at the University of Minnesota and attempting to get back in the water.