U.S. Paralympics Welcomes IPC to Colorado Springs

By Brianna Tammaro | Nov. 28, 2017, 3:25 p.m. (ET)

(L-R) Paralympic cyclist Chris Murphy, USOC Vice President of Paralympics Julie Dussliere, IPC CEO Xavier Gonzalez, IPC President Andrew Parsons, Paralympic swimmer Haley Beranbaum, Paralympic swimmer Ellie Marks, USOC Chief of Paralympics Rick Adams and Paralympic cyclist and Nordic skier Monica Bascio pose for a photo at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. 


 IPC Andrew Parsons meets with U.S. Para-cyclists while on a visit to the

Colorado Springs Olympic Training Center Velodrome on Monday.

International Paralympic Committee President Andrew Parsons and Chief Executive Officer Xavier Gonzalez visited Colorado Springs, Colorado, on Monday, where they toured the U.S. Olympic Committee headquarters and Olympic Training Center, and met with athletes and USOC leadership. 

Parsons, who was elected IPC President in September, made his first visit to the city and started his day meeting with CEO Scott Blackmun, Chief of Sport Performance Alan Ashley and Chief of U.S. Paralympics Rick Adams at the USOC offices. This was followed by a meet-and-greet with U.S. Paralympics staff.

“We are honored that IPC President Andrew Parsons and IPC CEO Xavi Gonzalez could join us in the heart of the U.S. Paralympic Movement in Colorado Springs,” Adams said. “Their willingness to travel here and share their time with our athletes and staff demonstrates the IPC’s commitment to growing Paralympic sport in the U.S. We’re eager to continue this close collaboration with the IPC as we build towards LA 2028, a truly transformational opportunity for promoting the Paralympic Movement and the athletes we all serve.”

The IPC delegation proceeded to the Olympic Training Center where they toured the facilities and had lunch with Paralympians Haley Beranbaum (swimming), Ellie Marks (swiming), Chris Murphy (cycling) and Monica Bascio (cycling/Nordic skiing). Afterwards, Parsons and Gonzalez observed training at the velodrome, the official training venue of the U.S. Paralympics Cycling Team. The visit concluded with a drive through the picturesque Garden of the Gods park.

“It’s been really great to be here in Colorado Springs for the first time,” Parsons said. “I’ve been able to understand more about how the Para side of the USOC works, which has been really beneficial. [The U.S.] is a very important country and member to us, so getting to come here, talk with athletes, see the training center and have productive meetings with Scott and the USOC executives has been a great opportunity.”

Following their visit to Colorado Springs, President Parsons and Gonzalez will travel to Los Angeles to visit with members of the LA 2028 organizing committee and tour the proposed venues for the 2028 Paralympic Games. The IPC leadership will also attend the Team USA Awards presented by Dow at UCLA’s Royce Hall, where President Parsons will present the award for “Female Paralympic Athlete of the Year.”