As we anticipate the Opening Ceremony of the Olympics, athletes are being interviewed and featured all over the TV. Today I’m going to feature MY Olympic Hero!
Here is her story:
I am 23 years old (as of yesterday) and have been practicing Judo for 6 years, but have geared my life towards sports ever since I could walk. I was born with no vision problems and found out at the age of 8 that I would one day lose all of my sight and be completely blind. I played soccer from the ages of 4 to 12 and only gave the sport up because I could no longer see well enough to keep up with the game. At 12 I was not going to be stopped by the slow loss of my sight, and was determined to find a sport I could excel in with my limited vision. I tried a number of different sports but none of them kept my interest for very long.
At the age of 16 I was introduced to Judo. I fell in love with the sport, and the rest is history. Since then I have dedicated my life to excelling in Judo in hopes that I may one day represent my country in the Paralympic Games. I have been training at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs off and on for the past few years in preparation to qualify for the London games.
I have qualified and have secured my spot in the 57 KG (125.6 lb) division to compete in the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. I am currently training and preparing to reach my goal of not only competing at the London games, but bringing home the gold for the USA!
You can read more about her here.
We love you Jordan and are cheering for you!!! Bring home the GOLD!
While we are inundated with stories about the Olympic Games, America is just starting to recognize the Paralympic Games. Did you know it is the second largest To read more about the Paralympic Games, go here.