The most high-profile race in the Paralympics is the Men’s 100m sprint (T44), headlined by South Africa’s Oscar Pistorius, called “the fastest man on no legs.”
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.
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.
FROM:, 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.
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.
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.”