Aug. 24, 2012, 4:53 p.m. (ET)
Name: Clark Rachfal
Sport: Para Cycling
Current Residence: Annapolis, MD
College: Towson University

Paralympic Experience:
  • 2012 Olympic Games
Career Highlights:
  • 2012 Fifth place, 1km time trial - UCI Para cycling Track World Championships, Carson, California
  • 2011: Bronze, time trial – UCI Para-Cycling Road World Championships, Roskilde, Denmark
  • 2011: Gold, 1 km time trial (American Record); Bronze, 4km pursuit – Parapan American Games, Guadalajara, Mexico
  • 2011: First place, overall (men's tandem) - UCI Para-Cycling World Cup series
  • 2010: Sixth place, time trial – UCI Para-Cycling Road World Championships, Baie-Comeau, Quebec
  • 2010: Gold medal, time trial – U.S. Paralympics Road National Championships, Bend, Oregon
  • 2010: Gold medal, 4km individual pursuit – U.S. Paralympics National Track Cycling Championships, Colorado Springs, Colorado
  • 2009: Gold medal, 4km pursuit (American Record); Fourth place, 1km time trial – UCI Para-Cycling Track World Championships, Manchester, England
  • 2009: Fifth place, time trial – UCI Para-Cycling Road World Championships, Bogogno, Italy
  • 2009: Gold medal, 4km pursuit – U.S. Paralympics Track National Championships, Carson, California
  • 2009: Gold medal, time trial – U.S. Paralympics Road National Championships, Bend, Oregon
  • 2008: Gold medal, 4km pursuit – U.S. Paralympics National Track Championships, Colorado Springs, Colorado
  • 2007: Silver medal, individual pursuit – U.S. Paralympics National Track Championship, Colorado Springs, Colorado 
"Every kid grows up watching and dreaming about representing their country and the Olympic Games," Rachfal said. "I chalked this up as a pipe dream as my vision deteriorated. With this competitive outlet and opportunities available through U.S. Paralympics, it is now possible for me to achieve that childhood dream and show others that no dream is out of reach."

Fun Facts: Clark graduated from Towson University with a BS in economics and political science in 2005. He was slated to begin law school at the Catholic University of America in 2009, however Rachfal deferred his enrollment to compete for the first time at the Para-Cycling World Championships.

Learn more: 
US Para Cycling



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