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The Track And Field Roundup For January 11, 2021

By Todd Kortemeier | Jan. 11, 2021, 1:21 p.m. (ET)

Every other week we scour the web for the latest going on in the world of U.S. Para track and field. Here’s what you missed!

Social Media Roundup

2020 is a year that many people were happy to put behind them, a sentiment shared by many members of Team USA as they rang in 2021. Femita Ayanbeku shared a family portrait. Ezra Frech kept it light, saying his wish for the new year was a left leg. He also shared random photos from what he called “the weirdest year of all time.” And Tatyana McFadden shared a message of hope for anyone feeling down about the current state of things and hoping for a brighter 2021.

 

 

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Numerous athletes celebrated Christmas with some photos around the tree. There were some coordinated outfits in the Heims family. And dogs were a popular inclusion. Kym Hightower included her new guide dog Tron in her family portrait. Trenten Merrill had not one but two dogs in front of a truly awe-inspiring tree. And Brian Siemann was nowhere to be found on his own Christmas card, just his dogs Gambit and Ace Michael, who appeared less than enthused by their holiday outfits.

“How we feel about 2020 is how the pups feel about their Christmas costumes,” Siemann wrote.

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Noelle Lambert went for a New Year’s Day ice skate, and teased the hashtag #winterparalympics2022, followed immediately by #jk. Just kidding fans, she has no plans to leave the track anytime soon.

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If you need a reminder these are the best athletes in the world, just take a look at the weight bending the bar across Josh Cinnamo’s shoulders.

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Lex Gillette is well-known for his love of Nikes, and showed off a pair customized just for him, featuring his, “No need for sight when you have a vision” mantra as well as his initials in braille on the back heel.

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Justin Phongsavanh celebrated graduating from college with a bachelor’s degree in accounting. Phongsavanh attended school with the help of Team USA’s ACE program that helps athletes afford their education.

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You have to walk before you can sprint, and Jarryd Wallace’s son Levi is now taking his first steps.

“Few more weeks until base training begins,” said dad, “... JK, everyone calm down!”

 

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The International Paralympic Committee gave a shoutout to guide runner Jerome Avery on his birthday Dec. 22, showing him alongside David Brown as he won a gold medal at the Paralympic Games Rio 2016.

In the News

Tokyo Paralympic hopeful Taylor Talbot was profiled in the Post Register out of Idaho Falls, Idaho. A student at BYU-Idaho, Talbot hopes to qualify in the 100- and 400-meter this summer at the U.S. Paralympic Team Trials for Track and Field. Talbot’s coaches include not only her parents, but also Joaquim Cruz, 1984 Olympic gold medalist for Brazil and current U.S. Para Track and Field coach.

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With 2020 in the rear view, TeamUSA.org took a look at 21 things to look forward to in 2021, including the historic combined U.S. Paralympic Team Trials for Cycling, Swimming and Track and Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota June 17-20. … While there were plenty of negative things about 2020, there were many positive developments as well that the International Paralympic Committee looked back on, including Tatyana McFadden’s appearance in the documentary film “Rising Phoenix.” McFadden was one of nine athletes featured in the award-nominated Netflix film telling the story of the Paralympic Movement.

Todd Kortemeier

Todd Kortemeier is a sportswriter, editor and children’s book author from Minneapolis. He is a contributor to USParaTrackAndField.org on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc.