Alicia Dana, Ryan Pinney and Freddie De Los Santos pose on the podium with their medals after winning bronze in the mixed H1-5 team relay on Sept. 2, 2021 in Tokyo
Cyclist Ryan Pinney has a 2-year-old daughter at home, and he’s looking forward to bringing a Paralympic mascot home to his little girl when he returns from Tokyo.
That’s not all he’s bringing home.
Pinney, Alicia Dana and Freddie De Los Santos fought their way to a bronze medal in the mixed H1-5 team relay on Thursday, the penultimate day of road cycling at the Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020.
“I’m also happy for the medal,” said Pinney, a Phoenix native and the lone first-time Paralympic handcyclist on Team USA, with a laugh.
Italy won the race at Fuji International Speedway with a time of 52 minutes 32 seconds, and France was just 31 seconds back for silver. The U.S. finished a mere eight seconds later for the third and final spot on the podium while racing in less than ideal conditions.
“Racing in the rain was cold,” said Pinney, who served in the Air Force and Arizona National Guard as an inflight refueler. “I’m from Arizona, and I don’t get the opportunity to ride in the cold and the wet very often.”
The medal was Dana’s third in three Paralympics, the Putney, Vermont, native having also won a silver in the road time trial in 2016 and a bronze in the road race on Wednesday. De Los Santos, competing in his second Paralympics, picked up his first medal.