Roundup: Jamie Whitmore Goes Back-To-Back With Camps
by Paul D. Bowker
Jamie Whitmore at the recent U.S. Paralympics Cycling National Team Camp.
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Double Camps For Whitmore
After participating in a U.S. Paralympics Cycling camp in California, two-time Paralympic medalist Jamie Whitmore headed to Idaho for a cross-country skiing camp just a couple days after.
“Both camps have been great,” she posted on Instagram. “Much to be learned on the snow and I couldn’t be around a better group of people to do it!!
“Looking forward at what 2023 has to offer!”
Oksana Masters, a 17-time Paralympic medalist and native of Ukraine, went to social media to post a reminder of the war going on in Ukraine.
“Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is not over yet, Ukraine’s once vibrant & colorful communities are still being threatened by the devastation and impact of the Russian invasion,” Masters wrote on Instagram. “I am fighting for kids’ freedom, safety, home, community, peace, identity, heritage, and independence. What is worth fighting for to you?”
Masters had both of her legs damaged by in-utero radiation poisoning from the Chernobyl nuclear reactor accident before being adopted and brought to the U.S. at age 7.
Kate Brim, a 2023 U.S. national team member, burst into the international cycling stage quickly this past year. She took home a pair of gold medals in the road cycling H2 classification at the 2022 world championships in Quebec.
A Lowell, Michigan, native who moved to Colorado Springs, Colorado, in 2022 to become a resident athlete, the handcyclist is now learning new maneuvers as the 2023 UCI Cycling World Championships and Paralympic Games Paris 2024 draw closer.
“A big part for me is just learning how to ride in a group, which has been a cool experience,” Brim told USParaCycling.org. “I happen to be part of a classification where it’s not a very large class. I’d like to be able to qualify for the Parapan Games and maybe even the Paralympics in Paris, and (at those competitions) we all start together, so learning how to be able to work with one another on the course has been a lot of fun for me.”
You can learn more about Kate’s journey here.
And when she’s not racing, Brim can be found cleaning her bike.
It’s rainbows all around for 2016 Paralympian Samantha Bosco, who won a pair of rainbow jerseys as a two-time world champion in road competitions last year.
Now there are rainbows on her bike.