Team USA Heading to the Paralympics!

Jun 29, 2021

We wrapped up our Olympics-themed Capable Arts Camp last week, but the games continue!

After a yearlong delay, the Tokyo games kick off in July. The Paralympics will be held a month later, also in Tokyo, but the trials for both recently finished.

There have already been some incredible stories coming out of Team USA as some of the best Paralympians compete to earn spots to Tokyo.

Nick Mayhugh was set to help the men’s soccer team take on the best in the world. But soccer was cut from the Paralympics, so he decided to take a shot making the Track & Field team. During the trials, Nick, who was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy in high school, set a world record in the 100 meters.

Then there’s Justin Phongsavanh. He was the victim of a shooting that left him paralyzed. After several surgeries and receiving physical therapy, he realized he still had a desire to compete and began participating in track & field. At the trials in Minneapolis, he tossed his javelin 33.29 meters. That’s more than four feet further than the previous world record.

Clara Brown suffered a spinal cord injury during a gymnastics training session leaving her paralyzed from the neck down. After many years of physical therapy, she was able to regain movement in her left side though she still has no feeling below the neck. That allowed her to join her high school crew team before eventually finding her way onto a bike, even leading bicycling tours. She earned a spot at the 2019 UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships where she placed third in the road race and fourth in the time trial. She’ll join the Team USA cycling team in Tokyo after winning the time trial this past weekend.

The games will have unprecedented TV coverage this year, so there will be ample opportunity to cheer on Team USA in their hunt for gold! Let us know if you plan to watch and what your favorite Olympic sport is!