Samantha Bosco competes in the women's C5 3000m individual pursuit track cycling at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games on Sept. 8, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
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November Is For Reflection For Samantha Bosco
If you could write a letter to your younger self, what would you say?
That’s a question two-time Paralympic bronze medalist Samantha Bosco posed to her Instagram followers earlier this month.
Bosco, who finished third in the road time trial and track pursuit at the Paralympic Games Rio 2016, answered her question in a thoughtful post accompanying a photo of her looking into the distance at Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles.
“Take chances on the things that set every nerve-ending in your body ablaze with delight,” she wrote. “Embrace the storms, flowers can’t grow and bloom without some rain. Fall in love with yourself the way the night falls in love with the moon. There’s always room for ice cream. You will be too much for people, be too much anyways. Great moments, people and accomplishments are in store for you.”
That proved to be just some of the reflection Bosco took part in so far this month. On Monday she also shared a heartfelt post marking her five-year wedding anniversary with husband Andrew.
“Unplugged, simple and full of sweetness,” she wrote, “but only one word is needed to describe the day: perfect."
A Couple Of Happy Bikers
Bosco wasn’t the only Team USA star with something to celebrate so far this month. On Nov. 3, two-time world champ Clara Brown marked not only election day but also her 25th birthday. To celebrate the occasion she enjoyed a ride through Whitefish, Montana, with boyfriend and fellow U.S. cyclist Noah Middlestaedt. And for good measure, they even dressed like.
“Matching and it wasn’t even planned,” she wrote. “Just like my birthday falling on Election Day this year.”
Middlestaedt, meanwhile, shared his earliest and most recent photos of the happy couple together.
“For how short it’s been it feels like forever!” he wrote. “Happy birthday! I’m so lucky for the two I’ve already been able to spend with you and here’s to many more!”
Around The Socials
Oksana Masters made her Paralympic debut as a rower in 2012, winning a bronze medal. Since then she’s won seven Paralympic medals over two Winter Games as a Nordic skier, and in 2016 she notched two top-five finishes in Rio as a hand-cyclist. All of this is to say, she’s pretty talented. Hear more of Masters’ story, in her own words, in this video from NBC Olympics.
Oz Sanchez paid tribute to the U.S. Marine Corps on Tuesday in celebration of the military force’s 245th birthday. The Second Continental Congress established the Marine Corps on Nov. 10, 1775. Before embarking on a decorated Para cycling career, Sanchez served six years in the Marines. He was part of the Special Forces unit and deployed twice to the Middle East.
Halloween a was little different this year, but that didn’t stop 2016 Paralympic road race champ Jamie Whitmore — aka the Mad Hatter — and her family from celebrating in style with family.
Before Travis Gaertner was a member of the U.S. Paralympics Cycling National A Team, he had a pretty good career with Canada’s men’s wheelchair basketball team, willing gold medals in 2000 and 2004. He marked the 20th anniversary of that Sydney championship on Oct. 28.
Around The Web
Following the example set at the Olympic Games, the International Paralympic Committee announced it will put together a six-person Refugee Paralympic Team to compete at the Paralympic Games Tokyo 2021. The first Refugee Olympic Team competed at the 2016 Olympics in Rio, while a two-person refugee and asylee team competed in the subsequent Paralympics as Independent Paralympic Athletes.
Nitra Rucker has been hired as the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee’s director of diversity, equity and inclusion. Rucker previously spent more than 20 years at KeyCorp, where she most recently served as vice president of diversity, equity and inclusion engagement manager.
“It’s imperative that we make impactful change at the USOPC, and in the Olympic and Paralympic movements, and we have the utmost confidence in Nitra’s ability to make us a stronger and more representative community,” Bobbi McPherson, the USOPC’s chief people officer, said in a press release.