Kym Crosby and Erik Hightower pose for a photo at promotional shoot before the Paralympic Games Rio 2016.
U.S. Paralympic Team Trials Dynamic Duos, presented by Samsung is a three-part series of stories highlighting pairs on their journey to U.S. Paralympic Team Trials and the Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020.
When Paralympic medalist Kym Crosby returns home after a hard day of training on the track, she doesn’t have to relate every little detail to her spouse: He was there the whole time.
Since September 2018, Crosby has been married to fellow Para sprinter Erik Hightower. The formidable couple spend countless hours together and are — not surprisingly — each other’s biggest supporters.
“We have the same coach, so we train at the same time, but we don’t necessarily do the same workouts,” Crosby said. “We don’t actually get to train with each other, like alongside each other, but we are out on the track at the same time, which is really nice because we get to really cheer each other on … during our workouts.”
Crosby, 28, has become adept at providing motivation for Hightower at just the right time during training sessions.
“There are some times where I can tell that Erik is having maybe not so great of a practice as he wants to, and he’s getting frustrated,” Crosby said. “So, then I can walk over to him and I can … try to talk him up and remind him of his goals and what we’re both here to do. He definitely does the same thing for me, which is really nice.
“If we didn’t both do the same thing, it would just be one of us out there doing it by ourselves and then having to come home later that day and tell the other about what happened. But we both really get it, and I think that’s why it really works for us.
Crosby said the same applies to travel and competitions.
“It’s really nice that we get to travel together and see all of the same sights and experience all of it together,” she said. “It’s honestly a real blessing that we get to do this together.”
The 35-year-old Hightower said that competing with his now wife at the Paralympic Games Rio 2016 was a highlight of their relationship.
“We train four years really hard to make it to the Games,” Hightower said. “And then for both of us to be able to make it to Rio, both be able to compete at the biggest meet, basically, of our lives (was great).”
The legally blind Crosby won a bronze medal in the 100-meter and was fourth in the 400 in Rio. Hightower enjoyed the medal as much as Crosby did.
“Being able to be there and share the same joy … when she won her medal and being able to experience that with her, I think it was really cool,” Hightower said.