Entries tagged "blogger athletes"

“Athletes being athletes, there’re going to be accidents.”

Cheri Blauwet, seven-time Paralympic medalist and now a medical doctor, has turned her skills to preventing athlete accidents.

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2012 LONDON LONG JUMP HIGHLIGHTS

Visually impaired athlete Lex Gillette's silver-medal jump is today's slideshow feature.

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ANJALI FORBER PRATT'S BLOG

“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?”

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Anjali Forber-Pratt's Blog

FROM: Anjali Forber-PrattTrack and Field (Wheelchair Racing)

Pre-London Paralympic Games: Training Camp

The Travel 

In today’s world, we all dread flying. What happens if my bags get lost? How much does it cost to check this? What if there is a delay? Take all of these questions, multiply the number of bags by 3, the level of importance by 30 and the chaos that ensues when a large team of disabled athletes travel together by 300.    

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“The Gun Just Became Part of My Body”

Eric Hollen came to Paralympic shooting after an accident:  a 4,500-pound tractor fell on top of him.  “I lost everything.”

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ANJALI FORBER-PRATT'S BLOG

Here's a picture of the 2012 Track and Field team: 58 athletes, including four guide athletes, making us the largest sports delegation in Team USA.  I'm in the front row, center.

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TATYANA MCFADDEN'S BLOG

August 17, 2012

Wow, I can’t believe I leave today to go over to London. We will be staying in Lakenheath for a ten-day training camp. This is very important to get used to the time change and get adjusted to the food. I will also be training once a day. 

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ANJALI FORBER-PRATT'S BLOG

For those of you I may not know, my name is Anjali Forber-Pratt. I am a Paralympic wheelchair racer who trains at the University of Illinois. Beijing 2008 was my first Paralympic Games and I was thrilled to come home with bronze medals in both the 400m and the 4x100m relay. And now, I am officially a proud member of Team USA headed to London 2012 to compete in the 100m, 200m and 400m! 

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THE MOUTHTAB EFFECT

Jeff Fabry demonstrates the technique that has brought him multiple medals at the Paralympics and the World Championships.

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JEFF FABRY'S BLOG

FROM: Jeff FabryArchery

The countdown has begun: less than 100 days till the Opening Ceremony of the 2012 Paralympic Games in London.  This is my third opportunity to represent the United States in the Paralympic Games.  I can’t wait to do my best and bring home a medal for the USA!    

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LANDING THE LONG JUMP

Meet Lex Gillette, Track and Field athlete in the long jump, triple jump, and the 100m and 200m races.

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LEX GILLETTE'S BLOG

FROM:  Lex GilletteTrack and Field

If you've never seen me jump before, then here's a sample of how it goes.

My long jump caller, Wesley Williams, measures my running approach, which is 32.5 meters or approximately 106 feet. This is the distance that it takes for me to get from my initial step to the long jump takeoff board. 

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LIFE LESSONS FROM THE GOALBALL COURT

FROM:  Lisa Czechowski, Goalball

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!

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BEYOND THE TRAINING

FROM:  Tommy Chasanoff, Track and Field

I’ve often been asked what it takes to be an elite athlete, and through my years of training I’ve noticed that being a top-level athlete involves more than just running on a track.  It really includes an entire lifestyle.  Your sleep pattern, nutrition, stress, training, lifting, and pretty much everything you do on a daily basis will affect how you perform.  

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THE TRICKY MECHANICS OF RUNNING

FROM: Katy Sullivan, Track and Field

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. 

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"IT'S CHANGED MY PERCEPTION"

Paralympic sprinter Katy Sullivan remembers how unsure she was the first time she saw running legs.  Then, “the world of sports opened to me.”

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BALANCING MY LIFE

From:  Delvin McMillian, Wheelchair Rugby

Being a part of U.S.A. wheelchair rugby is an honor because I get to represent my country. But competing as a national athlete takes a lot of hard work and dedication -- especially if you’re trying to balance it with a fulltime job and family. 

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TAKING CARE OF BUSINESS

Hi :-) I'm Paul, and I'm co-captain for the 2012 Men's Wheelchair Basketball team.  You'll be excited to hear that the U.S. is a serious contender for gold at the London 2012 Paralympics. 

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WISHING FOR SUNSHINE AND WARMER WEATHER...

From:  Jessica Galli, Track and Field

I live in Champaign, Illinois, home of the University of Illinois Fighting Illini. For those of you that aren’t familiar with the area, Champaign is located between cornfields and soybeans about three hours south of Chicago, three hours northeast of St. Louis and two hours west of Indianapolis; in other words, I live in the middle of nowhere --or for fans of Jason Aldean… in one of those “fly over states.” 

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