For, London 2012 is her third Paralympics, a chance to add even more medals. For her sister Hannah, 16 years old, it’s a first-time experience. Both are competing in the 100m sprint.
“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?”
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.
Pre-London Paralympic Games: Training Camp
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.
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!
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.”