When we spoke to Lacey Henderson back on March 19, the Paralympics were still supposedly going to be held on schedule in August 2020. She no longer had a place to train, though—her regular training facility had closed a few days earlier—and all the spring qualifying meets had been called off.
Hunter Woodhall is one of the biggest stars and most recognizable faces on the US Paralympics team. We’ll be talking to Hunter regularly throughout 2020 as he prepares for his second Paralympic Games and pursues his first gold medal(s) in track and field. This conversation took place in late February, after Hunter wrapped up a long weekend with prosthetist Francois Van Der Watt.
A quarter-century is an impressive run for any fundraiser, but Adaptive Spirit merits an extra tip of the cap: It literally saved the US Paralympic Ski Team from oblivion back in the mid-1990s. In the years since, Adaptive Spirit has helped Team USA roll up more Winter Paralympic medals than any other nation.
TLDR: Born in Vietnam, Haven lost her legs in a “family suicide” when she was 14 months old. Her mother and
father strapped bombs to themselves and embraced
Haven, hoping all three would die. The detonation killed both her parents. Haven survived but lost both legs below the knee.
Throughout 2020, Amplitude will be providing ongoing coverage of U.S. amputees competing for slots on the U.S. Paralympic Team. Check in regularly for video profiles, athlete interviews, on-the-spot reporting and a complete preview of the Tokyo Games. Here’s a brief teaser: