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First Member Monday features Paralympian John Register

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By Josh Barr

Paralympian John Register welcomed guests to the Museum’s first-ever Member Monday, relating his journey from Olympic hopeful to Paralympic silver medalist.

Demand for the event was significant; an extra session was scheduled to accommodate a larger group while allowing those in attendance to social distance. Between the sessions, Register ate lunch with the guests in Flame Café.

Paralympian John Register speaks in the Summer Games gallery, with his prosthetic leg on display in the background. (Photo by Michelle Dusserre Farrell/U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Museum)

Speaking in the Summer Games gallery – where his prosthetic leg from his Paralympic competition is on display – Register told guests how he transitioned from being an Olympic hopeful in the hurdles after a training injury resulted in the amputation of his left leg below the knee.

Register went from competing against Michael Johnson and Carl Lewis to finding his way in Paralympic sports. He was a swimmer at the Atlanta 1996 Paralympic Games. Four years later at Sydney 2000, Register won the silver medal in the long jump and finished fifth in the 100 and 200.

It was the opportunity to continue competing, Register told those in attendance, that motivated him to train and made him truly appreciate Paralympic sports.

About the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Museum

The U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Museum offers an immersive and universally accessible look into the journey of Team USA’s Olympic and Paralympic athletes. Through interactive exhibits, innovative displays, and a comprehensive artifact collection, the Museum instills the Olympic values of excellence, friendship, and respect, as well as the Paralympic values of determination, equality, inspiration, and courage in every visitor. It honors yesterday’s legends with the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Hall of Fame while inspiring tomorrow’s legends through entertaining activities and events. The USOPM is more than a museum but a life-changing experience that will continue to educate and inspire the public to take part for generations to come.

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