BEIJING, China – U.S. Paralympics announced today that five-time Paralympian and captain of the 2008 U.S. Women’s Goalball Team Jennifer Armbruster (Birmingham, Ala./Colorado Springs, Colo.) has been selected as flag bearer for the U.S. Paralympic Team at Opening Ceremonies. To select the flag bearer, captains from each sport met in the Athlete Village Thursday. Opening Ceremonies take place on September 6, 2008.
“At first I was shocked, but most of all it is an honor to be chosen by my peers,” said Armbruster. “I am honored to represent my sport (goalball), my country, my Paralympic family and my team.”
Armbruster isn’t the only one glowing due to her upcoming role; her coach, who also happens to be her father, is thrilled.
“Being selected as the flag bearer is a pretty big honor for me and my daughter,” said Ken Armbruster (Colorado Springs, Colo.), head coach, U.S. Paralympic Women’s Goalball Team. “I spent 26 years in the Air Force and the U.S. flag means a lot to me; as a coach, I’m glad it was one of my team members and, as a father, I am just proud of her.”
Armbruster’s athletic achievements include winning the bronze medal at the 2006 IBSA World Championships, gold at the 2005 Pan American Games and silver at the 2004 Paralympic Games.
Armbruster works at the Lakeshore Foundation, an official U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Training Site, in Birmingham, Ala., where she serves as a recreational specialist.
Armbruster began losing her vision after high school and became active in goalball, a sport played by athletes who are blind or visually-impaired.
The 2008 U.S. Paralympic Women’s Goalball Team opens competition on Sept. 7 against Japan.
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