Gould Academy Alumni Compete in the Paralympic Games at Whistler Mountain

Gould Academy Paralympic Athletes!The Portland Press Herald featured the Paralympic Games experiences and reflections of Gould Academy alumni Luba Lowery and Carl Burnett this past Saturday (Living Their Dreams in Vancouver).

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

Brian Fisher

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