Oksana Masters poses for a portrait during the Team USA Tokyo 2020 shoot on November 20, 2019 in West Hollywood, California.
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Live Racing: Masters vs. Solo
Oksana Masters, a four-time Paralympian and eight-time medalist in four sports, is one of six women athletes who’ll compete in Race Me, a livestream event that will be on Twitch on Dec. 12.
Joining Masters are Hope Solo, a two-time Olympic gold medalist in soccer; Aerial Powers, a basketball player for the Washington Mystic and a member of the 2015 U.S. World University Games team that won a gold medal; Madison Hammond, a defender for OL Reign of the National Women’s Soccer League; Madison Packer, a forward for the Metropolitan Riveters in the National Women’s Hockey League; and Liv Morgan, a WWE professional wrestler.
They will compete against each other in a sim racing environment. Funds raised from the event will benefit the Girl Up Initiative run by United Nations Foundation, Inc.
The livestream begins at 2 p.m. ET Dec. 12 on Twitch.
U.S. Paralympics is going virtual with a Para-cycling athlete search camp in December. The dates are December 17-19. To sign up, go to: uspara.us/virtualcamp. The deadline for submissions is Nov. 27.
Training for Tokyo
Ryan Boyle, a silver medalist at the Paralympic Games Rio 2016, is training for Tokyo 2021 at his new residence in Monument, Colorado. His new digs are located just north of Colorado Springs.
Ryan had been a resident athlete at the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs.
Now, he’s just a 20-mile bike ride away.
Time For Latte
There’s nothing like a morning ride along with a morning coffee.
Paralympic cyclists Samantha Bosco and Joe Berenyi are among those known to stop for a liquid pleasure. And then it’s back out on the bike.
Around The Socials
Jamie Whitmore, a two-time Paralympic medalist in Rio in 2016, celebrated Veterans Day on Nov. 11 with an Instagram tribute to all who have served in the military.
“Happy Veterans Day to my dad, my grandfathers, my uncles, my aunt, to my friends and teammates and to all who have served and are serving. Thank you for your service!!”
Justin Widhelm spent his Veterans Day speaking virtually to those assembled for a program in Bridgeport, Nebraska.
Samantha Bosco cranks it up the hills.
Two-time Paralympic gold medalist Travis Gaertner talks up his incredible workouts.
Clara Brown Talks Past, Present And Future
Clara Brown has won six world titles in two years. Now she is focused on cycling for Team USA next year in the delayed Paralympic Games in Tokyo. A native of Portland, Maine, Brown is training in Whitefish, Montana.
“I have some really incredible progress all summer. I felt like I was just making monumental gains that I would not have been able to do if I had been traveling and competing,” she told TeamUSA.org.
Brown also discussed her incredible journey to becoming a Paralympian. It was a purely chance meeting with a member of the Team USA Paralympic Advisory Committee in which he suggested she give Para sports a try. The rest, as they say, is history.
USOPC Announces College Sports Sustainability Think Tank
Acknowledging the importance of college athletics as a pipeline to Olympic and Paralympic sports, the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee announced the formation of the USOPC College Sports Sustainability Think Tank to continue to foster those opportunities.
“Our country’s unique college system is critical not just to the health of our Olympic and Paralympic teams, but to the longstanding vitality of sports across our country,” said USOPC CEO Sarah Hirshland.
Athletes, executives, and others from the world of Olympic and Paralympic sports will serve on groups focused on three areas: partnerships, sport economics and regulations. The think tank will first convene in late November and will formally present its first recommendations to the USOPC Collegiate Advisory Council in the first quarter of 2021.