On Sunday, September 9, the 2012 London Paralympic Games closed. As the flame of the Olympic cauldron died down, the four WSF grantees who competed in these Games tallied their impressive final medal count. We couldn't be prouder to have played a role in these inspiring athletes' pursuit of their dreams through our Travel & Training Fund, a program supported by the generosity of our partners at Gatorade. How they fared:
• Muffy Davis, a 2011 Travel & Training grantee, was a perfect three-for-three in her cycling events. Davis, who also competes in skiing in the Paralympic Winter Games, won golds in the time trial, road race and hand cycle relay events.
• 2011 Travel & Training recipient, Mallory Weggemann, claimed gold in the women's 50 freestyle, setting a Paralympic meet and American record in the process. Weggemann also won a bronze as a part of the women's 4 x 100 individual medley relay.
• Jen French, also a 2011 Travel & Training grant recipient, won silver with her partner JP Creignou in the two-person keelboat sailing event.
• Katie Davis, who received a Travel & Training grant in 2010, qualified for the 70+ kg judo quarterfinals. After a valiant effort and an extremely close match, Davis lost to the eventual bronze medal winner.
A special thanks to our friends and Travel & Training partners at Gatorade. Without their generous funding, this success — and the success of Team WSF at the Olympic Games — might not have been possible. Their continued support allows us to help athletes chase their dreams. Thanks, Gatorade!