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The Track And Field Roundup For January 26, 2021

By Todd Kortemeier | Jan. 22, 2021, 10:11 a.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

Monday was Martin Luther King Jr. day in the United States, and like many Americans, some Team USA athletes took a moment to pay tribute to Dr. King. Tatyana McFadden shared a simple photo of herself at King’s memorial in Washington, D.C., taking in the quote, “Out of the mountain of despair, a stone of hope.”

Trenten Merrill also shared a King quote, with the message to be the best at whatever it is you do.

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Earlier in January, McFadden was honored by Women’s Running Magazine along with 24 other 2021 Power Women of the Year.

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In the last edition of the roundup, we found Noelle Lambert on skates. This time, she’s on the slopes atop a snowboard as she continues to conquer both track and snow. 

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Deja Young bid a fond farewell to her occasional home at the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Training Site in Chula Vista, California. Young bookended her time at the site south of San Diego by recreating a picture of the first time she set foot on the Chula Vista grounds.

“My time here has helped me grow and shown me what type of athlete I am and who my true friends are,” Young wrote on Jan. 13. “I found the saying to be true that some people/places are put in your life for a season for a reason. Here’s to my last 2 days in SD. This isn’t a permanent goodbye it’s a see you later.”

 

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Daniel Romanchuk is making personalized mask straps that are more comfortable for frontline workers during the pandemic. Anyone interested can reach out through his Instagram.

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One look at the 440 pounds of weight on Hagan Landry’s back and it’s clear: Paralympians are just built different. As if that wasn’t clear already.

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Aaron Pike took a bit of a tumble while working on his winter sport.

“You win some you lose some,” Pike said.

In the News

The United States Association of Blind Athletes announced its 2020 Hall of Fame class, and Para track and field athletes Patti Egensteiner and Tim Willis were inducted. Egensteiner was a double gold medalist at the Paralympic Games Seoul 1988, winning in the B3 800-meter and long jump. She also competed at the Barcelona 1992 Games, and won a bronze medal with the U.S. goalball team at the Atlanta 1996 Games.

Willis made history as the first blind cross-country runner in NCAA Division I history when he competed for Georgia Southern from 1990 to 1994. In 1994 he won his first world championship in the 10,000 meters, then qualified for his first Paralympic Games in 1996. Willis won a silver medal in the 10,000 and bronze medals in the 1,500, 5,000 relay and 1,600 relay. He won a final bronze medal in the 10,000 at Sydney in 2000.

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World Para Athletics announced a provisional calendar for the 2021 season. The opening Grand Prix event is set to take place in Dubai Feb. 10 to 13. Six more events are on the calendar so far as athletes will look to tune up for Tokyo.

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The city of Omaha, Nebraska selected a location for April’s Valley O.N.E. marathon, a U.S. Paralympic Team selection event. The road course featuring two 13.1-mile loops in western Douglas County is believed to be among the flattest marathon courses in the world. The marathon was originally scheduled for 2019 but then had to be postponed due to flooding, then postponed again in 2020 due to COVID-19. This will be the third Olympic or Paralympic qualifying event to be held in the Omaha area in 2021, besides the U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Swimming in June and the curling trials in November. … Scout Bassett’s Inspiration and Motivation course was featured by Rolling Stone magazine among the best online classes for personal development.

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.