March 13th, 2013
Honored to have been highlighted for my work on the USOC Athletes’ Advisory Council. Just trying to continue to give back to the movement so the next generation has it even better!
February 24th, 2013
Had an awesome time in Louisiana this weekend working with some great kids from the GUMBO program in Louisiana! Hope to see some of them representing Team USA in the future! Click the link below to read a great article about the event.
September 14th, 2012
I want to take a moment to THANK all of you for your love, support, kind words and encouragement during my last two weeks at the Paralympic Games! There were moments of joy and moments of disappointment for me throughout the trip and yet you all stood by me through both the ups and the downs and continued to remind me of the great honor I had to be representing my country at the highest level of competition. So thank you, thank you, thank you! I hope that one day I am able to return all of the love I have received.
September 6th, 2012
Well I am halfway through my Paralympic experience and just as excited as I was on day one! On Sunday evening, I started off the competition with the 100m. Unfortunately, I wasn’t quite fast enough and I walked away with a 4th place finish and the drive to do better in my next event. On Monday, in an attempt to escape racing for a while, I headed to Buckingham Palace with my family to see how the Royal Family lives. It was an awesome tour filled with room after room of lavish items and decor. Of course my favorite part of the tour was the “Diamonds: A Jubilee Celebration” exhibit. Some of the pieces were absolutely stunning and made me a bit jealous of Kate Middleton. I think it’s true, diamonds really are a girl’s best friend. HaHa
After a day of rest on Tuesday, I headed back to the stadium last night to race the 800m. I had seen the start list prior to last night and noticed that all seven of the women in the race had almost exactly the same seedtime. For those that don’t know, each athlete submits their best time from the season and these times are listed next to the athlete’s name on our start list sheet. When I saw how competitive the field was I got a bit nervous. I have raced all of the women in the field over the last year with the exception of the athletes from China. And I knew that they are all capable of running very fast times. On the start line I really didn’t have a plan for how I wanted to run the race. But once the gun went off, my years of experience in racing kicked in and I found the perfect position in the pack. With 200m left in the race, three competitors (including myself) broke away slightly from the rest of the field. I didn’t know this at the time and so I kept waiting for someone to come up my outside and pass me! Luckily, no one came; unfortunately, I was not able to power hard enough to come around the two women in front of me. But it’s okay, I finished in 3rd place and won the BRONZE medal! Phew! For those of you that haven’t yet seen the race, I am posting the video below. Now I must run as I leave in 30 minutes for the stadium to race the 200m!
August 23rd, 2012
The IPC released the schedule of events for Track & Field today for the 2012 London Paralympics.
I’m a bit concerned that an alligator has gone around eating T53 women around the world. I say this because in the years leading up to these Games my classification (T53) has been very strong and has consisted of more than eight females. Yet, the latest schedule of events for London shows all of my events as straight finals! Totally crazy! In my mind, it’s not the best case scenario as I like to be able to go out there and test the field in a semi-final. With straight finals, you go onto the track a little bit blind of what your competitors are currently capable of doing. But as always, we must make the best of what we are given.
Sun 02 Sept: 100m Final @ 8:58pm
Wed 05 Sept: 800m Final @ 8:01pm
Thurs 06 Sept: 200m Final @ 8:59pm
Sat 08 Sept: 400m Final @ 9:21pm
August 18th, 2012
Thanks Harry Frezza for another great article in my lead-up to London!
August 15th, 2012
On Monday morning I had the wonderful opportunity to speak on numerous radio shows around the country. What an experience that was! I’ve never done radio before and so wasn’t sure what to expect. Luckily for me, all of the hosts were very friendly and I enjoyed sharing information on the upcoming Paralympic Games in London as well as a little bit about me and my story! You can find links to two of the interviews below if you’d like to listen.
August 8th, 2012
July 8th, 2012
June 3rd, 2012
Watch Paralympian Returns to Athletic Club for Disabled Youth on PBS. See more from NJToday.