Challenge Extended Presents: Elite Long Jumper, Lex Gillette

At eight years old, Lex Gillette started losing his eyesight. But his mother encouraged him to maintain his independence, keeping him in public schools and sports. With a natural talent for jumping, he continued to hone his skills as a co-captain on his high school track & field team. At 19 years old, Lex earned his first trip to the Paralympic Games in Athens, where he took home a silver medal. He would go on to compete in three more Paralympics and win three more silver medals. Although he has won Gold at the world championship level, he is aiming for his first Paralympic gold at his fifth games in Tokyo. Lex Gillette is a beast on the track… the …

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Challenge Extended Presents: Track & Field Paralympian Scout Bassett

Scout Bassett spent seven years in a government-run orphanage in China after she was abandoned on the side of a street following the loss of her right leg in a chemical fire as an infant. After being adopted and coming to the United States, Scout joined sports as a way to connect with her peers. She began running at the age of 14 and would represent Team USA at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio. She is definitely an athlete to watch during the Tokyo Paralympics next year.

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Challenge Extended presents: Track & Field Gold Medalist, Breanna Clark

Breanna Clark is a Track & Field elite athlete. Diagnosed with autism at age four, Breanna ran on the women’s track team at Dorsey High School and at Pasadena City College. But she also excelled at the international level, winning a gold medal in the 400 meter at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio, 40 years after her mother Rosalyn’s silver medal at the 1976 Olympic Games. Breanna followed up that success by winning gold in 2017 and in 2019 at the World Championships and is looking forward to competing at the Tokyo Paralympics.

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Challenge Extended, USA SHOOTING ATHLETE TAYLOR FARMER

Move United Elite Team Alumni Taylor Farmer goal is to compete at the Tokyo Paralympic Games next year. Born with cerebral Palsy, Taylor began shooting at the age of 12 and began competing in September 2015. Her star is definitely on the rise. She has been training at the Olympic & Paralympic Training Center in Colorado Springs for the past couple years and was named 2018 Paralympic Athlete of the Year by Team USA Shooting. At the 2019 Parapan American American Games in Lima, she took the gold in the mixed 10 meter air rifle prone.

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Challenge Extended, Ep: 011 – 7x Paralympic Medalist Amanda McGrory

Amanda McGrory attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign as a dual sport athlete to play wheelchair basketball and race as a member of wheelchair racing team. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and is currently pursuing her Masters degree in Library and Information Science. In addition to her collegiate studies, she has also centered her life around adaptive sport. With seven Paralympic medals and over 25 marathons already, Amanda McGrory is training for one final Paralympic Games in Tokyo. I’m delighted to interview her for the Spring 2020 issue of Challenge magazine.

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