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Jennifer Armbruster

Jennifer Armbruster

London will be Jennifer Armbruster’s sixth Paralympic Games. Her first was Barcelona, 1992. Her most recent was Beijing, 2008, where she had the honor of being selected as the US flag bearer for the Opening Ceremony. She was also captain of the women’s goalball team that went on to win gold and is now eager to defend its top status in London. The only person who might have been as proud of these honors was head coach of the women’s goalball team – her father, Ken Armbruster.

Jennifer has always been a competitive athlete. She played basketball, soccer and softball while growing up, switching to goalball as she lost her vision starting at age 14.

Played on a volleyball court, goalball players take turns hurling the 3-pound ball filled with bells, trying to get it past the opposing side into the net. It’s an exciting, physical game as the defending athletes dive laterally, full-body lengths across the court to stop the ball.

Armbruster is a great promoter of her sport. An article in the Denver Post quoted her: "We really want to get people to see it because you can describe it all you want, but they say, ‘It's just a game for blind people.’ But to sit there and see the ball go 40 mph and have less than a second of reaction time …"

Jennifer is blogging for MEDAL QUEST in February and March 2012.

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