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Team USA Members Celebrate 100 Days Until the Tokyo Paralympics
Ryan Boyle is anxiously waiting for the Paralympic Games to start this summer in Tokyo. Alicia Dana said it feels like the Games could begin any day now.
May 16 marked 100 days until the Paralympics start, and some of the top American Para-cyclists recognized the milestone on social media.
Cyclists shared the same post on Instagram and Twitter, featuring a red background with the “100 DAYS OUT” and “WE ARE TEAM USA.” Several athletes wrote comments to go along with the post.
“A year ago, it was so disappointing that the Games were being postponed a year...now it feels like they’ll be here next week!” Dana wrote on Instagram. “’ be ready.”
Boyle wrote on his Instagram post, “Can’t believe it’s almost here! The journey, thus far amazing and it’s not over!”
Oksana Masters Appreciates Toyota’s Support of Paralympians
As one of the highest-profile U.S. Paralympians, Oksana Masters knows her words carry weight. when Toyota announced this month that it will offer sponsorship opportunities to every American athlete who competes at this summer’s Tokyo Paralympics and the 2022 Beijing Winter Paralympics, Masters offered some context for why this support matters.
“Heading into Sochi 2014 I slept out of my car chasing my own Paralympic dream,” Masters, an eight-time Paralympic medalist, wrote on Instagram. “I am proud , especially today to be a part of the #TeamToyota family as (Toyota) makes HISTORY for ALL Paralympic athletes and ALL future Paralympian’s to who are dreaming to chase their own Paralympic dreams and not being limited financially. The #Toyota Paralympic Fund Program is a game changer.”
Toyota made the announcement in a video that prominently features Masters, who is aiming for her second Paralympics in cycling this summer. She’s also competed in the Paralympics as a rower and Nordic skier.
Samantha Bosco and Clara Brown Get Help Their Dogs
Samantha Bosco and Clara Brown each celebrated a victory earlier this month at the UCI Para-Cycling Road World Cup in Ostend, .
Both cyclists appear to get some help along the way from their dogs.
Bosco, who earned a pair of bronze medals at the 2016 Rio Paralympics, shared a photo on Instagram of her small dog sitting next to her on a yoga mat.
“With hard training days, recovering properly is even more important. Something I’m still learning,” Bosco wrote. “Thankfully I have the cutest supervisor to make sure I do what I need to do to be ready for my next ride!"
Brown, meanwhile, posted a photo on Instagram of her arm around her big dog, who’s wearing a UCI jacket.
“Back at home in Montana to unpack & crown the Cup leader,” Brown, a two-time track world champion in 2020, wrote.
Shawn Morelli Races Through Terrible Weather
Two-time Paralympic gold medalist Shawn Morelli didn’t let a storm stop her from racing on May 16 in Perry, Kansas.
Morelli wrote on social media that she encountered a thunderstorm, a one-hour rain delay and even some hail at the Perry Dam Circuit Race.
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Cyclist Michael Bissette and Para-cyclist Chester Triplett have formed a close bond.
Triplett, who’s visually impaired, made his racing debut with in April at the U.S. Paralympics Cycling Open in Huntsville, Alabama. They won their time trial and road race events.
Add Sports Illustrated to the list of marquee media outlets catching up with Oksana Masters. With just under a month to go before the U.S. Paralympic Team Trials in Minneapolis, Masters talked about her goals for this summer.
“My goal—outside of medals, because obviously I want to take care of unfinished business from Rio—is to bring more awareness and help grow the field of ’s cycling,” she told . “Not many people in the States pay attention to cycling, and even less so to Paralympic cycling.”
A new generation of Para-cyclists could be getting their start soon in Billings, Montana. Thanks to a grant from The Hartford insurance company, the nonprofit Eagle Mount Billings buy adaptive bikes and other equipment to help fulfill its mission of providing therapeutic adaptive recreation for individuals with disabilities.
“At Eagle Mount, we focus on the things that people with disabilities can do, rather than what they ’t ,” Emily Bailey, an Americorps VISTA, told local TV station .