Meet the 2019 Hall of Fame Finalists

Paralympians

Cheri Blauwet

PARALYMPIC GAMES
2000 - Track and Field
Silver:
100-meter
3 Bronzes: 200, 400, 800 T53
2004 - Track and Field
Gold:
800
2 Bronzes: 5,000, marathon T53
2008 - Track and Field
4th: 400, 800 T53

TOP 5 ATHLETIC ACCOMPLISHMENTS
1. Earned a total of seven Paralympic medals in track and field across three Paralympic Games. 
2. Two-time winner of both the New York and Boston Marathons.
3. Four-time Los Angeles Marathon Winner in wheelchair racing.
4. Set a new course record for the New York City Marathon in 2003.
5. Was named to the USA Today Academic All-American Team in 2002.

TOP 3 REASONS FOR CONSIDERATION
1. Blauwet has remained very active in the Olympic and Paralympic movements after retiring from her competitive career, serving on both the USOC and USADA Boards of Directors at different times. 
2. Blauwet works with athletes and active adults, focusing on sports medicine and engaging in research aimed at Paralympic athletes and sports injury prevention.
3. She also chairs the International Olympic Committee Medical Committee and serves as a member of the IOC Medical and Scientific Expert Group.

BACKGROUND
Began racing in ninth grade after being recruited by her local high school track coach
Attended the University of Arizona where she earned her degree in molecular biology
Practices sports medicine at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts
Chairperson of the Medical Committee for the International Paralympic Committee
Won the IPC’s International Women’s Day Award in 2017

KEY TAKEAWAY
Cheri Blauwet rises above the rest, not just in terms of her athletic prowess and exceptional diversity in distances from sprinting to marathoning, but also because she works to ensure the health and well-being of others--both disabled and able-bodied. Blauwet’s work takes a focus on women's medical issues, and she has traveled internationally to ensure medical education "on the rights of individuals with disabilities and establish sustainable sports programs" across borders.

 

Candace Cable

PARALYMPIC GAMES
1980 - Track and Field
2 Golds: 200-meter, 400 
Silver: 4x60 
1988 - Track and Field
5 Golds: 800, 1,500, marathon, 4x200, 4x400
1992 - Track and Field
Gold: 4x100
1992 - Alpine Skiing
Silver: Slalom LW10-11
2 Bronzes: Downhill LW10-11, giant slalom LW10-11
1994 - Nordic Skiing
1996 - Track and Field
1998 - Nordic Skiing
2002 - Nordic Skiing
2006 - Nordic Skiing

TOP 5 ATHLETIC ACCOMPLISHMENTS
1. Was the first American woman to win medals in both the Summer and the Winter Paralympic Games (12 medals total, including eight golds).
2. After competing in exhibition events in the first-ever Olympic wheelchair racing event in 1984 in Los Angeles, Cable went on to compete at the 1988, 1992 and 1996 Games, as well as at five editions of the Paralympic Winter Games in the alpine and Nordic ski racing events. 
3. She is a nine-time Paralympian who competed in three sports: track and field, alpine skiing and Nordic skiing. 
4. She also had the opportunity to compete on an Olympic stage, when wheelchair racing was an exhibition event, in 1984, 1988 and 1992 and won two bronze medals.
5. Cable’s athletic career includes 84 first-place finishes at various marathons around the world.

TOP 3 REASONS FOR CONSIDERATION
1. Cable, who consults across the world with non-governmental organizations, government agencies, nonprofits, and sports groups on creating inclusive environments for people with disabilities, was named the Vice Chair for LA2028.
2. Cable has been at the forefront of the adaptive sport movement since she first became acquainted with the sport of wheelchair racing in the late 1970s. 
3. Cable is widely recognized as a pioneer of wheelchair racing, having participated in creating race director guidelines and fine-tuning elements of the sport.

BACKGROUND
Is a freelance writer, contributing to the U.S. Adaptive Nordic Skiing instruction manual, the UNICEF Inclusive Education booklet, Understanding Disability programs, a lifestyle blog and various media outlets
Is the winner of the first four Los Angeles Marathons
Previously served as Vice President of the U.S. International Council on Disability (USICD) 
Was the Athlete Services Coordinator for the Paralympic Winter Games Vancouver 2010  
Served on the USOC’s Athlete Advisory Council from 2012-2016

KEY TAKEAWAY
Candace Cable has been an integral voice in adaptive sport, both through her athletic and post-athletic career. She has demonstrated a continued commitment to the future of sport, serving as the Vice Chair for LA 2028 and consulting with various groups across the world to create more inclusive environments for those with disabilities. 

 

Muffy Davis

PARALYMPIC GAMES
1998 - Alpine Skiing
Bronze: Slalom
2002 - Alpine Skiing
3 Silvers: Downhill, Giant Slalom, Super-G
2012 - Cycling
3 Golds: Road Race, Time Trial, Team Relay

TOP 5 ATHLETIC ACCOMPLISHMENTS
1. Earned a combined four medals at the 1998 and 2002 Paralympic Winter Games in alpine skiing. 
2. Later raced to gold in three separate events in cycling at the Paralympic Games London 2012. 
3. In 2013, she became a world champion in both paratriathlon and road cycling.
4. In 2002, she became the first female paraplegic mountaineer to summit a peak over 14,000 feet when she successfully climbed California’s Mt. Shasta with three other paraplegics using a device called a SnowPod.
5. Earned a medal at each of the three Paralympic Games she competed in.

TOP 3 REASONS FOR CONSIDERATION
1. Is an elected member of International Paralympic Committee governing board and serves on the Paralympic Advisory Committee for the USOC.
2. Additionally, is a member of the International Olympic Committee’s Legacy & Sustainability Commission, the IOC’s 2026 Evaluation Commission and Los Angeles’ 2028 Executive Board.
3. Has become a sought-after motivational speaker. She has spoken on topics like power of teamwork, success through determination, overcoming obstacles and mental toughness for organizations like Coca-Cola, the IPC, the USOC and Ted.

BACKGROUND
Graduated from Stanford University
Was inducted into the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Hall of Fame
Was awarded the IOC Presidents Disabled Athlete Award in 2004
Has successfully climbed Pikes Peak in Colorado two times
Serves as a representative for the 26th District in the Idaho legislature
Serves on the UCI Para-cycling Commission, the IPC Women in Sports Committee and the Sun Valley Adaptive Sports/Higher Ground SV Board of Directors 

KEY TAKEAWAY
Aside from her two-sport athletic career, Muffy Davis has also been incredibly active within the Movement, serving on the International Paralympic Committee governing board and on the Paralympic Advisory Committee for the USOPC. She remains a large influence on the future of the Olympic and Paralympic Games as a member of the IOC’s 2026 Evaluation Commission and Los Angeles 2028 Executive Board. 

 

Bart Dodson

PARALYMPIC GAMES
1984 - Track and Field
2 Golds:
Club Throw, High Jump
Silver: 200-meter
1988 - Track and Field
2 Golds: 4x100 relay, 4x200 relay
Silver: 100
2 Bronzes: 1,500, Marathon
1992 - Track and Field
8 Golds: 100, 200, 400, 800, 1,500, 5,000, 4x100 relay, 4x400 relay
1996 - Track and Field
Silver:
Marathon
Bronze: 800
2000 - Track and Field
Gold: 200
Bronze: 400

TOP 5 ATHLETIC ACCOMPLISHMENTS
1. Is the most decorated male U.S. Paralympian with 20 medals (13 golds, three silvers, four bronzes).
2. Is the most decorated U.S. Paralympian in the sport of track and field. 
3. Dodson is the first U.S. track and field athlete to win eight gold medals at a single Games (Barcelona 1992), a record that still stands today.
4. He was the winningest track and field athlete of any country at the Paralympic Games Barcelona 1992, sweep all of his six individual events and two relays.
5. He competed at five Paralympic Games spanning 16 years from 1984 to 2000, remaining competitive by winning medals at every Games he competed in.

TOP 3 REASONS FOR CONSIDERATION
1. Dodson overcame a spinal injury at the age of 16 to become one of the United States’ most successful Paralympians. He won 20 Paralympic medals over the course of his 16-year career, making him the most decorated male U.S. Paralympian and most decorated U.S. Paralympian in the sport of track and field.
2. With his spectacular performance at the Paralympic Games Barcelona 1992, Dodson was the first U.S. track and field athlete to win eight gold medals at a single Olympic or Paralympic Games, a record that still stands today.
3. Dodson showed great versatility in his career, winning medals in events spanning from the 100m to the marathon to high jump.

BACKGROUND
Broke his neck in a diving accident at age 16, was paralyzed below the mid-chest level but began working hard to regain as much function as possible 
Became involved in Para track and field after his friend invited him to a wheelchair track meet and he began participating himself
Was inducted into the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame in 1993
Started his business, Music City Medical Supply, right before the 1996 Games

KEY TAKEAWAY
Bart Dodson is worthy of induction of into the U.S Olympic & Paralympic Hall of Fame for his historic accomplishments in the sport of track and field at the Paralympic Games. Additionally, he stands out among athletes for his ability to overcome adversity to become one of the most successful U.S. Paralympians in history.

 

Greg Mannino

PARALYMPIC GAMES
1988 - Alpine Skiing
2 Silvers:
Downhill, Giant Slalom
1992 - Alpine Skiing
2 Golds:
Downhill, Super-G
2 Silvers: Giant Slalom, Slalom
1994 - Alpine Skiing
2 Golds: Downhill, Super-G
Bronze: Giant Slalom
1998 - Alpine Skiing
2 Golds:
Downhill, Super-G
Bronze: Giant Slalom
2002 - Alpine Skiing
4th:
Downhill

TOP 5 ATHLETIC ACCOMPLISHMENTS
1. Mannino is a five-time Paralympian, competing from 1988-2002 on the U.S. Paralympic Alpine Skiing Team.
2. He won 12 Paralympic medals, including six golds, four silvers, and two bronzes, making him the most decorated male U.S. Winter Paralympian.
3. Mannino is the only athlete to have won two Paralympic events three consecutive times. He won three gold medals in the men's downhill LW2 and three golds in super-G.
4. Mannino was one of the few Paralympic athletes to compete in able-bodied events at the same time. He competed in the 1994 U.S. Alpine National Championships, where he placed 24th overall in the slalom event.
5. He competed in exhibition events for Paralympic alpine skiing at the 1998 Olympic Winter Games.

TOP 3 REASONS FOR CONSIDERATION
1. Mannino is the decorated male U.S. Winter Paralympian in history with 12 Paralympic medals (tied for overall, most with gold medals). He is the only athlete to have won two events three times, winning consecutive titles at the 1992, 1994 and 1998 Winter Games.
2. He is the second-most decorated U.S. Winter Paralympian behind fellow alpine skier Sarah Will, who is already inducted into the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame.
3. Mannino is tied for 13th on the all-time most decorated male Winter Paralympians with six gold medals.

BACKGROUND
Was the first Paralympic athlete to be featured on the cover of Skiing Magazine
Was inducted into the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame in 1995
Was named the 1988 Colorado Amateur Sports Association’s Athlete of the Year
One of the few Para alpine racers who also pursued the able-bodied FIS racing circuit 
Has continued participating in multiple sports, including running, cycling, surfing, skateboarding and water skiing 

KEY TAKEAWAY
After losing his left leg in an electrical accident at the age of 17, Greg Mannino went on to win six gold, four silver and two bronze medals during his Paralympic skiing career. He became an unstoppable force in the downhill and super-G following his Paralympic debut in 1988, winning all six of his gold medals in these events. Mannino is the only athlete to have won two events three times, winning consecutive titles at the 1992, 1994 and 1998 Winter Games. He is the second-most decorated U.S. Winter Paralympian behind fellow alpine skier Sarah Will, who is already inducted into the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Hall of Fame (Class of 2009), and the most decorated American male in Paralympic Winter Games history. Mannino also continues to give back to the Paralympic community as a certified prosthetist.

Erin Popovich

PARALYMPIC GAMES
2000 - Swimming
3 Golds: S6 100-meter freestyle, S6 50 butterfly, SB5 100 breaststroke
3 Silvers: 4x50m freestyle 20 pts. SM6 200m medley, S6 50m freestyle
2004 - Swimming
7 Golds: 4x100m medley 34 pts., 4x100m freestyle 34 pts., SM7 200m individual medley, S7 50m freestyle, S7 100m freestyle, S7 50m butterfly, SB7 100m breaststroke
2008 - Swimming
4 Golds: SM7 200m individual medley, S7 400m freestyle, S7 100m freestyle, SB7 100m breaststroke
2 Silvers: S7 50m freestyle, S7 50m butterfly

TOP 5 ATHLETIC ACCOMPLISHMENTS
1. Ended her illustrious career with 19 Paralympic medals, including 14 golds. 
2. A three-time Paralympian, Popovich won three gold medals and three silver medals while setting four world records at her first Paralympic Games in Sydney in 2000. 
3. At Athens 2004, Popovich won seven gold medals in seven races, setting three world records and four Paralympic Games records.
4. At Beijing 2008, Popovich won an additional four gold medals and two silver medals, and broke two world records and two Paralympic records.
5. Won five silver medals at the IPC Swimming World Championships in 2010, announcing her retirement after the event.

TOP 3 REASONS FOR CONSIDERATION
1. A three-time Paralympian, Popovich won three gold medals and three silver medals while setting four world records at her first Paralympic Games in Sydney in 2000. 
2. At Athens 2004, Popovich won seven gold medals in seven races, and set three world records and four Paralympic Games records.
3. At Beijing 2008, won an additional four gold and two silver medals, and broke two world records and two Paralympic records.

BACKGROUND
Was interested in sports from an early age, riding horses and playing soccer and basketball
Competed collegiately against able-bodied athletes for Colorado State University, where she received her Bachelor of Science degree
Is a two-time winner of the ESPY Award for Best Female Athlete with a Disability, earning the title in 2005, the first year the award existed, and again in 2009
Previously served on the International Paralympic Committee’s Classification Committee as its athlete representative
Was named the Women’s Sports Foundation’s Sportswoman of the Year in 2005

KEY TAKEAWAY
Erin Popovich has had anIn addition to her decorated swimming career, which included 17 medals across three Paralympic Games. She shined brightest at the Paralympic Games Athens 2004, winning seven gold medals in seven races and setting three world records. The two-time ESPY Award Winner has continued working within the Olympic and Paralympic movements following her retirement. 

 

Marla Runyan

PARALYMPIC GAMES
1992 - Track and Field and Cycling
4 Golds: 100-meter, 200, 400, Long Jump
5th: Mixed road race
1996 - Track and Field
Gold - Pentathlon
Silver - Shot Put

OLYMPIC GAMES
2000 - Track and Field
8th: 
1,500
2004 - Track and Field
9th: 
5,000

TOP 5 ATHLETIC ACCOMPLISHMENTS
1. Runyan went undefeated in four events at the Paralympic Games Barcelona 1992, adding an additional gold and silver medals four years later to make her a six-time Paralympic medalist.
2. She became the first legally blind American to compete in an Olympic Games, qualifying for two Olympics (2000, 2004) with a best finish of eighth in the 1,500m. 
3. Fifteen years since her last Games, Runyan still holds seven IPC world records in track and field for the women’s T13 visually impaired class: 400m, 800m, 1,500m, 5,000m, high jump, long jump and pentathlon.
4. Runyan won three consecutive USATF National Outdoor Track & Field Championship titles in the 5,000-meter, and seven U.S. Road Championship titles.
5. She was the top American women’s finisher in the 2003 Boston Marathon, placing fifth in 2:30:28. Her time is the fastest by a visually impaired athlete - male or female - in race history.

TOP 3 REASONS FOR CONSIDERATION
1. Runyan won four golds at the Paralympic Games Barcelona 1992, going undefeated in her events to help the U.S. win the track and field and overall medal counts. She also competed in cycling at these Games.
2. Runyan is one of 11 athletes in history and the first from the United States to have competed in both the Olympic and Paralympic Games (not including sighted guides).
3. To this day, she is considered to be one of the most versatile athletes in U.S. track and field history, succeeding in everything from sprints and field events to middle and long distance running throughout her career.

BACKGROUND
Born with Stargardts disease, a degeneration of the retina that left her with a hole in the center of her vision
Studied at and competed for San Diego State University, earned a master’s degree in Communicative Disorders
Released an autobiography entitled No Finish Line: My Life As I See It following her competitive career
Works as a spokesperson and ambassador for Perkins School for the Blind
Is a digital accessibility services team leader for their technology innovation division, Perkins Solution

KEY TAKEAWAY
Marla Runyan broke barriers as the first legally blind American to compete in the Olympic Games, never letting her vision loss stand in her way of achieving her athletic dreams. Off the track, Runyan continues to make an impact. After receiving her bachelor’s in Education of the Deaf and her master’s of Deaf-Blind Children, Runyan went on to teach at the Perkins School for the Blind, a prestigious institution renowned for its most famous graduate, Helen Keller. She is currently a volunteer coach at Northeastern University and serves as the Boston Athletic Association’s first Athletes with Disabilities Manager, dedicated to growing the field of athletes with disabilities participating in all B.A.A. races and community service programming. A trailblazer whose accomplishments bridged the gap between the Olympic and Paralympic movements, she continues to pave opportunities for athletes with disabilities while shattering perceptions and challenging the notion of what’s possible.

 

Chris Waddell

PARALYMPIC GAMES
1992 - Alpine Skiing
2 Silvers: Giant Slalom, Slalom
1994 - Alpine Skiing 
4 Golds: 
Downhill, Slalom, Giant Slalom, Super-G
1996 - Track and Field
200-meter, 5th
1998  - Alpine Skiing 
Gold: 
Downhill
2 Silvers: Slalom Super-G
2000 - Track and Field
Silver: 200
2002 Alpine Skiing
Silver: Downhill
2 Bronzes: Slalom, Giant Slalom
2004 - Track and Field 
6th: 200

TOP 5 ATHLETIC ACCOMPLISHMENTS
1. Waddell is a 13-time Paralympic medalist in alpine skiing (12) and track and field (1), cementing his place as one of Team USA’s most successful two-sport athletes.
2. Waddell is a seven-time Paralympian, competing at both the Paralympic Games and Paralympic Winter Games in alpine skiing and track and field. He had a wide athletic skill set, competing in every event in alpine skiing and sprints and middle distance in track and field.
3. He is the most decorated male monoskier in U.S. history and is tied for most overall skiing medals with U.S. skier Greg Mannino (12). 
4. Waddell is a three-time world champion in alpine skiing.
5. He spent 11 years on the U.S. Paralympics Alpine Skiing National team winning 32 national titles throughout his career.

TOP 3 REASONS FOR CONSIDERATION
1. Waddell overcame adversity to become one of Team USA’s most successful Winter Paralympians, winning 12 medals in alpine skiing and becoming the most decorated monoskier in U.S. history. 
2. He successfully competed in both summer and winter sports at seven Paralympic Games, winning world championships and numerous accolades in alpine skiing and track and field. 
3. Off the snow and track, Waddell used his platform to serve as an ambassador for the Paralympic Movement and people with disabilities to help change perceptions. He was the first nearly unassisted paraplegic to summit Mount Kilimanjaro and his impact was celebrated by the Dalai Lama, who named Waddell an Unsung Hero of Compassion in 2005. Waddell also founded the One Revolution Foundation, an initiative aimed at helping people with disabilities maximize their potential.  

BACKGROUND
Is a popular keynote speaker, helping audiences become champions of their businesses, their worlds and themselves
His commencement address at Middlebury College in 2011 was named one of the “best graduation speeches ever” by NPR
Founded the assembly program Nametags in conjunction with the One Revolution Foundation, which challenges students to rethink the labels people place on one another
Serves as an ambassador for Athletes for Hope
Published his first book in 2015, entitled Things I Want to Remember Not to Forget

KEY TAKEAWAY
In addition to athletic accomplishments and ambassadorship, Chris Waddell is deserving of induction into the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Hall of Fame for his contributions to the Paralympic Movement through numerous leadership roles. He served as an ambassador for the Salt Lake City 2002 Olympic Organizing Committee and championed for Paralympic inclusion. He was recognized for his efforts over the course of his career by being inducted into the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame in 2009 and the IPC Paralympic Hall of Fame in 2010. Lastly, Waddell utilized his expertise as Paralympian to work as a commentator for NBC at the 2016 and 2018 Paralympic Games.

 

Trischa Zorn

PARALYMPIC GAMES
1980 - Swimming
7 Golds: B 4x100 individual medley, B 4x50 IM, B 100 freestyle, B 100m butterfly, B 100m backstroke, A-B 4x100m Medley Relay, A-B 4x100m free relay
1984 - Swimming
7 Golds: B2 400 IM, B2 200 IM, B2 100 free, B2 100 fly, B2 100 back, B1-3 4x100 medley, B1-3 4x100 free
1988 - Swimming
12 Golds: B2 400 IM, B2 200 IM, B2 50 free, B2 400 free, B2 100 free, B2 100 fly, B2 200 breaststroke, B2 100 breast, B2 50 breast, B2 100 back, B1-3 4x100 medley, B1-3 4x100 free
1992 - Swimming
10 Golds: B1-3 4x100 medley, B1-3 4x100 free, B1-3 400 medley, B2 200 medley, B2 50 free, B2 100 free, B1-3 200 breast, B1-2 100 breast, B1-2 200 back, B2 100 back 
2 Silvers: B2-3 400 free, B2-3 100 fly
1996 - Swimming
2 Golds: B2 200 medley, B2 100 back
3 Silvers: B1-3 4x100 medley, B2 50 free, B2 400 free
3 Bronzes: B1-3 4x100 free, B2 100 breast, B2 100 free
2000 - Swimming
4 Silvers: SM12 200 medley, S12 100 fly, SB12 100 breast, S12 100 back
1 Bronzes: S12 50 free
2004 - Swimming
1 Bronze: S12 100 back

TOP 5 ATHLETIC ACCOMPLISHMENTS
1. Zorn is the most decorated Paralympian in history with 52 medals, including 38 golds, nine silvers and five bronzes, in seven Paralympic Games
2. At Seoul 1988, Zorn pulled off an incredible feat winning 10 individual gold medals in 10 events and set 10 world records, in addition to two relay golds.
3. For three Paralympic Games and part of a fourth, Zorn was unbeaten in every individual Paralympic race from 1980 until 1992, winning gold 25 times in a row.
4. Was inducted into the Paralympic Hall of Fame in 2012.
5. Finished her swimming career at age 40, winning a bronze medal at the Paralympic Games Athens 2004.

TOP 3 REASONS FOR CONSIDERATION
1. USA Swimming established the annual Trischa L. Zorn Award in 2000
2. Zorn has been an athlete representative on the U.S. Olympic Committee’s Athletes Advisory Council. 
3. Zorn served on the Board of Directors for U.S. Association of Blind Athletes from 2005 to 2016.

BACKGROUND
Was born with aniridia, a congenital, genetic eye condition which causes the eye to stop developing.
Zorn mentored and helped American military service members get involved in Paralympic sports and other activities through the Department of Veterans Affairs.
First visually impaired athlete to earn a NCAA Division I scholarship, competing at Nebraska where she was a four-time All-American.

KEY TAKEAWAY
As the most decorated Paralympian in history, Trischa Zorn has been a standout athlete in the history of Paralympic sport. She has been actively involved in the community following her extensive athletic career, serving on the Athletes Advisory Council of the USOPC and mentoring military service members get involved in Paralympic sports.