The Olympic and Paralympic Games are more than medals. They are about global unity, they are about national pride, and they are about a shared love and appreciation for sport. The Games are a chance for athletes from every part of the world to come together and participate alongside one another in front of an audience of billions. They are a tradition thousands of years old that have had an unimaginable impact on the history of human culture as we know it.
You will likely see some familiar faces playing on the mirrored video walls in the room. The legendary 1996 U.S. Olympic Women’s Soccer Team is there receiving their historic gold medals, as well as the 1998 U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey team.
You might also spot hall of fame speed skater Eric Heiden, Paralympic wheelchair track and field medalist Amanda McGrory, or champion sprinter Benita Fitzgerald-Mosley among tons of others.
She competed in three Paralympic Games and won seven medals in a variety of distances.
Months after graduating from college with a degree in industrial engineering, she became the first Black woman to win the good in the 100 meters.