US Paralympics

Chasing My Unicorn

Chasing My Unicorn

Before I start, this blog title was inspired by an afternoon of belly laughs and rehashing memories from three near and dear friends of mine who are affectionately called, my “Pit Crew”. Steph, Erin & Sarah – you are amazing, you make me smile so much, and I could not have been more excited to see you and your beautifully decorated, glittered arts and crafts masterpieces! I love you lots, parking lots!

Here's a picture of my pit crew and I back at the hotel post-marathon:

Hitting the Road at Last

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Anjali Forber-Pratt, raised in Natick and now one of the top US wheelchair sprinters, is preparing for her first Boston Marathon. She gave this update from Champaign, Ill., where she is in training.

Now that spring is here, have you been able to hit the road for practice?

Faces of Illinois: Anjali Forber-Pratt

Anjali Forber-Pratt might possibly be one of the most inspiring people to call the University of Illinois home. The College of Education Doctoral student is a Paralympian, holds a world championship record, multiple medals and an array of other honors. She will soon follow in the footsteps of legend Jean Driscoll, competing in the Boston Marathon in April 2011. Find out just what keeps her going in this amazing profile.

"Faces of Illinois" is a series profiling students, faculty, staff and other campus community members who are leaving their marks on the University of Illinois campus.

Opening Ceremonies are Tomorrow!

We’ve had quite the eventful week, actually, day in Christchurch, New Zealand. It all started with a 5.1 earthquake that woke us from our sleep this morning. We’ve actually had something like 7 quakes/aftershocks since 5pm yesterday (Sidenote: I really should have paid more attention in geology class to understand more about these darn things!). We’re all fine and are here to tell the story. My roommate is such a CA girl, when we woke up to the whole hotel shaking, it takes a moment to realize what all is going on, and we said, oh it’s an earthquake. The next thing I know, she’s back asleep!

Follow Anjali @ Worlds

Good Morning!

I can't believe it, but Worlds are actually finally here!! It seems like something we've been talking about for so long and preparing for. I leave the country today for a training camp in Australia and then on to Christchurch, New Zealand. Competition begins January 21. As much as I'm there focusing on what I'm there for, I do like to know what's going on back at home especially because I still have to wait until the end of Jan for competition to actually begin, so keep the Facebook messages and email through my website here coming!

Thoughts from the Homefront

November was a relatively quiet month for me. I spent the entire month grounded, not 10,000 feet up in the air bouncing from hotel to hotel. It was wonderful! I honestly thought I was going to go stir crazy after the first week, but I was pleasantly surprised by my ability to stay happily in one location. It was also refreshing and exciting to sleep in my own bed and to be able to catch up with friends in person!

Climbing the Mountain

Since last writing, I attended our first pre-worlds training camp out at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif. It was the first time Team USA was together! Our team is quite the mix of both veteran athletes and newbies, it will be a fantastic event!

Wrap Up Blog from Ghana

Maybe it’s a generational thing, but there is an overwhelming majority of friends and people my age who have this burning desire to change the world. The flipside to this, however, is the overwhelming majority of the general population who thinks that people like that are overly ambitious and set unrealistic goals. But, the truth is, our team of five – Jean Driscoll, Marissa Siebel, Jennifer Scott, Tom Cameron and myself, went to Ghana and changed the world. Even more so than that, the world changed us.

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