It has been amazing to me how one gold medal brings so much happiness to people who are given the opportunity to hold or wear it. That is the one thing I think has been really important…to share it around. Even more important to me is interacting with children at the local schools I have gone to. They are amazing with the intelligent questions they ask and the way their faces light up when they get to hold the medal is priceless. They are our future and if I can make one child believe in themselves and chase their dream then I have really accomplished something!
These London Paralympic Games have been a major turning point I believe for those in our community who may live with a disability. The athletes who have competed have shown the world that they are ‘able’ and much more ‘able’ than most people. I just really hope that we can carry this ideal through to everyday normal life especially in the workforce. However time will tell if this can be accomplished."
The presentation seems like a dream! I met up with the other medal winners Han-Peter Durst (GER) who had won Silver and David Stone (GB) who won Bronze and we all hugged one another. That is the good thing about Paralympic athletes we were happy for one another. The three of us are also friends through social media and keep in touch, so it was great that the three of us were standing there. When it was time to stand behind our podium places I must say I was shaking, but I’m not sure if it was because it was very cold or the nerves had set in, probably a bit of both. But I must say that it is the most unreal feeling hearing your name and moving forward to receive that medal. My family was only about 10m away and to be able to share this with them was fantastic! When the anthem played I sang every word, I figured if I didn’t I would cry!
After the presentation I was able to head over to my family and of course that is when the tears started on both sides of the fence I might add. But what a wonderful feeling!"
Carol Cooke’s blog about winning the T1-3 trike Time Trial - I love it, all about the race and the camaraderie between riders
She attacked from the start of the 64km, eight-lap race and finished seven minutes and 22 seconds clear of her nearest rival, Poland’s Anna Harkowska, covering the course at an average of 38kph.
Storey even caught the competitors in the men’s C1-3 event, who started their race two minutes before the women, and the men’s event had to be neutralised by officials when they tried to race alongside her.
My second post looking at Paralympic cyclists on social media - click through to find some great blogs and twitter accounts to follow!
If you follow other Paralympic cyclists on tumblr, twitter or their blogs, let me know - I always want to write about more!