Lowery who “lost a leg to a congenital bone defect at age 8” is competing in her first Paralympics while Burnett “paralyzed from the waist down after a car accident at age 5” is competing in the his third Paralympic Games. (PPH)
Both compete as mono-skiers.
Lowery finished seventh in the slalom and ninth giant slalom. Burnett finished “14th in the men’s giant slalom sitting division and ninth in Sunday’s slalom — the top American finisher in both.” (PPH)
Bunett concluded his Olympic career finishing 12th in the Men’s Super Combined-Sitting.
Burnett told PPH writer Jenn Menendez:
“I sort of know what to expect now from a Paralympic race…The race itself is just like any race we do during the season. But when you get to the finish line there’s a couple thousand people there cheering you on, cameras. I’m really glad to be here.”(PPH)
Lowery was moved by her first Paralympics experience: “There’s not enough words to describe what it was like walking in…But that’s when it hit me I was a Paralympian.”
Burnett is off to graduate school and Lowery heads back to the University of Denver after the games.
Photo credit: Vancouver 2010