Tag: Paralympic Games
Katy Sullivan is a 100 meter specialist who is heading over to London for her first ever Paralympic experience. Born without legs above the knee, Katy didn’t get into athletics until she was 25 years old, but she’s definitely making up for lost time.
Rudy Garcia-Tolson has already won two Paralympic Gold Medals for the 200 IM, one in Athens and one in Beijing. Two weeks ago he qualified to go to London to try and get Gold Medal number three in the pool….and on July 30th he also earned a spot on the Paralympic Track Team. Garcia Tolson became one of the few Paralympians in history to qualify in two sports when he won the 200 on the track in Indianapolis.
Rudy Garcia-Tolson had both legs amputated above the knee when he was only five years old. At the age of six he discovered swimming and in 2004 he went 2:42 for the 200 IM, set the world record, and won the Gold Medal in the Paralympics. In Beijing in 2008 he won Gold again and in 2009 he became the first double above knee amputee to finish an Ironman Triathlon when he completed Ironman Arizona. So what does the 22 year old do for an encore? He’s training for the Paralympics in London for swimming, and at the Endeavor Games this past weekend he ran 5:22 for 1500 meters, 32 for 200 meters and 64 for 400 meters. Try that with no legs!
On Saturday December 10th 2010, it was officially announced that triathlon had been accepted into the Paralympic Games starting in 2016. Above knee amputee Sarah Reinertsen, Amazing Race contestant and Ironman World Championship finisher, came on the show to discuss the impact.