Campbell and McFadden Earn USOC Athlete of the Month Honors for May (June 19, 2012)
With the Olympic Games only a short ways away, Olympic and Paralympic athletes are busy with training, warm-up competitions and last minute preparation for London. In the midst of everything, the US Olympic Committee (USOC) has been paying close attention to its athletes and after a ‘sensational’ showing in May, honored Paralympic track stars Jeremy Campbell and Tatyana McFadden with the male and female athlete of the month awards.
Campbell is a 25 year old left amputee from Texas who competes in the discus competition. He was a double champion in Beijing back in 2008 and recently set a world record at the BT Paralympic World Games in Manchester, England when he threw the discus 62.14 meters – more than 200 feet!
Meanwhile, McFadden is a 23-year-old wheelchair racing champion who went undefeated in nine races throughout the month of May. She set an American record in the 100 meters and led an American sweep in the 400 meters at the BT Paralympic World Cup. When you consider the five gold medals she won at the 2011 World Championships, it’s easy to understand why McFadden is a medal favorite for the Games.
For more information on the US Paralympic team, visit http://www.teamusa.org/US-Paralympics.aspx