Samantha Bosco looks on before competing in the 2021 U.S. Paralympic Trials on June 19, 2021 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Fellow WC4 cyclists and Rio medalists Samantha Bosco and Shawn Morelli put on two of the most impressive performances at the trials, and now both are dreaming in gold for Tokyo.
At the trials, cyclists were compared relative to the Tokyo qualification standard for their respective classifications. Racing under sunny skies in Minneapolis, Morelli, a two-time gold medalist in Rio, flew up the final hill and recorded the best run of the day among all women. Moments later, however, Bosco bested it.
Bosco, of Upland, California, said she’s motivated to win a gold medal in Tokyo after claiming two bronzes in Rio. Also a track cyclist, she has a gold and nine other medals between the disciplines at the world championships. Morelli, of Meadville, Pennsylvania, also does both disciplines. A veteran of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, Morelli has 12 gold medals from 10 total world championships.
Also back for more in Tokyo is Chris Murphy (MC5), who finished fourth in the track team spring and top-10 in both road cycling events at the Rio Games. A native of Rancho Cucamonga, California, Murphy has had much of his success on the track, including winning a silver and bronze medal at the track world championships just before the pandemic began.
One of the rising stars as both a road and track cyclist, Clara Brown (WC3) is headed to her first Paralympics after having already locked up six world championships medals in her short career. The native of Falmouth, Maine, competed in gymnastics and other sports as a kid, and after sustaining an incomplete spinal cord injury at age 12 eventually found her way in Para-cycling. Her breakout came following an invite to a talent identification camp in 2018.
Just a few weeks ago, Cody Jung (MC4) didn’t know if the Paralympics would be in the cards for him. Then he went out and strung together some big results, including a silver medal in the time trial at the world championships earlier this month in Portugal. Traveling straight from that event to Minneapolis, Jung went all out on the West River Parkway course, and it paid off with a Paralympic berth for the Poway, California, native.
Also going to his first Paralympics is Aaron Keith (MC1), a native of Woodinville, Washington, who competes on both the road and track. A national team member since 2013, his Paralympic debut comes after 10 appearances at the world championships.