US Paralympians on Black Friday

Nov. 29, 2013, 10 a.m. (ET)

With Thanksgiving a day behind us, asked some of the nation's top Paralympic athletes to talk about everything Thanksgiving, including Black Friday. Check out our coverage from earlier in the week for more Thanksgiving chatter with U.S. Paralympians and hopefuls. 

Friday's question

Will you be shopping on Black Friday?

Chuck Aoki, wheelchair rugby
“Shopping – ain’t nobody got time for that.”

Lindsay Ball, alpine skiing
“I am not planning to go shopping on black Friday. I will leave that to my mom and grandmother.”

Megan Fisher, cycling and triathlon
“I avoid Black Friday like the Black Plague.” 

Lee Ford, archery
“Black Friday is actually my birthday this year so I'm not going shopping. I usually don't shop on Black Friday anyway. The internet is my friend since we're in the country and it's hard to find the quirky and fun gifts I like to give. Also, my family is spread out across the country and the world right now, so shipping things is a lot easier. The one thing that we are shopping locally for is a kitten from a shelter for Shelby. She's worked so hard at school this year and this is the one thing she really wants.”

Josh George, track and field
“I stay the hell away from that nonsense. I appreciate a sale as much as the next guy, but I will only go through so much to find one.”

Cortney Jordan, swimming
“Oh no! I went Black Friday shopping with my friends Rachael and Cynthia a few years ago. I think we woke up at 3 a.m., which was completely ridiculous. I was so sleepy and the lines were horrendous. I had a good time because my friends are amazing, but I feel like I just bought things I didn’t even need! I’m going to try to avoid that this year.”

Kevin McKee, sled hockey
“I will not be shopping this Black Friday because I'll be heading to Toronto defend our gold medal at the World Sledge Hockey Challenge.”

Augusto Perez, Nordic skiing
“Well, my wife may go shopping. I think companies should do discounts on a different date as Thanksgiving, that celebration should be spent with family and not at a store. My son and I hate shopping. My daughter took after my wife.”

Jenny Sichel, rowing
“Yes. The plan is to wake-up at 2:30 a.m. with coffee brewing and leave at 2:45 for some fun bargain hunting. I am shopping for anything reduced at least 70 percent from normal price.  Usually this includes clothes and shoes, although this year there will be some good cold weather gear included as well.” 

Ian Silverman, swimming
“The second mouse gets the cheese.”