From Out of Violence
Three U.S. Paralympians talk about perseverance and triumph
U.S. Paralympians Talk Perseverance, Triumph and Joy
To be eligible To compete in the Paralympic Games, going on through September 5 in Tokyo, an athlete must have at least one of 10 impairments. Some Paralympians were born with these conditions, while others acquired them through disease or accident. Three Team USA Paralympians are members of a third group: those who experienced life-changing violence. Their individual stories and circumstances are different, but each of them has endured nightmares that easily could have destroyed them to become elite athletes competing at the top of their respective sports.