The Pan American Games are the world’s third largest international multi-sport Games, behind only the Olympic Summer Games and the Asian Games. Thousands of athletes from North America, South America, Latin America, and the Caribbean have converged in Toronto to compete in 36 Pan Am sports from July 10-26, and thousands more will meet from August 7-15 to compete in 15 Parapan Am sports.
When someone writes ‘disability’, they should cross out the ‘dis’ and just keep the ‘ability,’ because I think that everyone is able to do something.” – Tatyana McFadden Despite falling from her chair only moments before reaching the finish line, it was not enough to stop Tatyana McFadden from capturing another marathon grand slam. McFadden won the women’s wheelchair division at the New York City Marathon this past Sunday, giving her eight straight marathon wins and capping off a second consecutive year of winning London, Boston, Chicago, and New York.
The Wheelchair World Series has rapidly grown in popularity over the years, so much so that it has truly transformed into an international event. Teams from around the world including Japan arrived in Minnesota on Tuesday. This gave teams a chance to become acclimated and practice before the opening ceremony kicked-off the tournament on Thursday.
The Man Sam Schmidt is living proof that physical disabilities do not need to get in the way of achieving life long goals. For Schmidt, the dream of racing in the Indianapolis 500 didn’t just come true once, but three times. Although the races were highlights of his career, his fourth trip back to the Brickyard would prove to be the most memorable. About 15 years ago this former Indy Racing League driver was involved in a racing accident that left him paralyzed from the shoulders down. Doctors told Schmidt that he would never see the track from behind the wheel of a car again; he overcame those preconceived limits when he drove multiple laps in the Indianapolis 500 Opening festivities. “How in the world is that possible?” could sum up the thoughts of those looking on as Schmidt rounded the track.