2008 Paralympic Games

By DeMeo, Phil | Parks & Recreation, December 2008 | Go to article overview

2008 Paralympic Games


DeMeo, Phil, Parks & Recreation


Veterans Win Medals, Provide Hope

Fifteen military veterans and one active duty service member participated in the 2008 Paralympic Games In Beijing, China in September. These 16 competitors brought home a total of 10 medals, including four gold. Active-duty U.S. Navy Petty Officer First Class Casey Tibbs (San Antonio, Texas), who in 2004 made history by becoming the first American active duty military member to compete in a Paralympic Games, won gold in the men's track and field 4 ? 100m relay (T42-T46) and a bronze medal in the long jump (F42/F44). Although Tibbs is proud of winning a gold medal for the second consecutive Games, giving hope to other injured service men and women means the most to him.

"By competing in the Paralympic Games I feel like i'm setting a new benchmark for any injured athletes - whether they were in the military or not," Tibbs said. "Hopefully we can broaden people's perceptions of what a physically disabled person can achieve."

Army veteran Jennifer Schuble (Homewood, Ala.) came away with an impressive medal haul, winning one gold and two silver medals in cycling while setting a new world record by more than two seconds in the women's 500m time trial (LC 1-2/CP 4). Fellow cyclist Oscar "Oz" Sanchez (San Diego, Calif), a Marine Corps veteran, raced to his first-ever gold medal in the grueling men's individual time trial (HC C). …

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