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Candace Cable

Para Alpine Skiing, Para Nordic Skiing, Para Track and Field

Paralympian in Arnhem 1980 Paralympic Games, Seoul 1988 Paralympic Games, Albertville 1992 Paralympic Winter Games, Barcelona 1992 Paralympic Games, Lillehammer 1994 Paralympic Winter Games, Atlanta 1996 Paralympic Games, Nagano 1998 Paralympic Winter Games, Salt Lake City 2002 Paralympic Winter Games, Turin 2006 Paralympic Winter Games

Born:
July 15, 1954
Birthplace:
Glendale, California
Hometown:
Los Angeles, California
College:
Long Beach State University

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Candace Cable

Para Alpine Skiing, Para Nordic Skiing, Para Track and Field

Paralympian in Arnhem 1980 Paralympic Games, Seoul 1988 Paralympic Games, Albertville 1992 Paralympic Winter Games, Barcelona 1992 Paralympic Games, Lillehammer 1994 Paralympic Winter Games, Atlanta 1996 Paralympic Games, Nagano 1998 Paralympic Winter Games, Salt Lake City 2002 Paralympic Winter Games, Turin 2006 Paralympic Winter Games

Born:
July 15, 1954
Birthplace:
Glendale, California
Hometown:
Los Angeles, California
College:
Long Beach State University
Candace Cable participated in nine different Paralympic Games in three sports and was the first U.S. woman to win medals in both the Paralympic Games and Paralympic Winter Games. She won eight gold medals and had 84 career first-place marathon finishes.
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Growing up in Southern California, Candace Cable was not an athlete. After high school, she moved to Lake Tahoe, lied about her age to get a job and worked as a casino blackjack dealer.

Cable’s life, though, two years later changed forever after a car accident left her with a severed spinal cord. She was paralyzed from the waist down. Cable battled depression and drugs before finally making a choice to make the best of her situation.

She eventually enrolled at Long Beach State University and became hooked on wheelchair racing, developing into one of the best para-athletes in the world. But not only did Cable become a world-class racer, she also became one of the top skiers as well. Cable participated in four Paralympic Games and five Paralympic Winter Games, winning 12 medals, including eight gold medals. At the Seoul 1988 Paralympic Games, Cable won five gold medals; she was the first woman to win Paralympic medals at both the Paralympic Games and Paralympic Winter Games.

In addition to her success in competition, Cable has become a role model for other people with disabilities.

“I didn’t feel there was anyone else in my position after the accident,” Cable said. “I didn’t feel there was anyone else like me, anyone who understood what I was going through. I hope that I can use my disability to show people that we all have obstacles and if we can turn those obstacles into challenges they become more do-able and we can overcome them. We are all in this together, we are all the same. We struggle with the same problems, and we all feel isolated, alone and challenged sometimes.”

Cable also has worked with several different bodies to advocate for the rights of disabled people. And she has served as Vice Chair of the Board of Directors for the organizing committee working on the Los Angeles 2028 Olympic Games.

 “A person in a wheelchair is not supposed to have fun or be happy. I’m both,” she said. “Besides, I get the best parking spaces at shopping centers, and I don’t have to wait in line at the movies.”

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MEDAL RESULTS
1980Arnhem200mGold
1980Arnhem400mGold
1980Arnhem4x60m relaySilver
1988Seoul800mGold
1988Seoul1,500mGold
1988Seoul4x200m relayGold
1988Seoul4x400m relayGold
1988SeoulMarathonGold
1992AlbertvilleSlalomSilver
1992AlbertvilleGiant slalomBronze
1992AlbertvilleDownhillBronze
1992Barcelona4x100m relayGold
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