The 16th Summer Paralympics came to a close over the weekend with lots to celebrate for Team USA.
In total, the United States took home 104 medals (37 gold, 36 silver, 31 bronze), good for fourth overall behind China (207), Great Britain (124) and the Russian Paralympic Committee (118).
The Pacific Northwest was well represented at the 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games. There were over 240 athletes representing the United States, and according to the Team USA website, there were at least 20 competitors from Oregon and Washington.
Here is a look at how each local athlete fared at the Summer Games!
Will Groulx – Portland, Oregon
Cody Jung - Corvallis, OR
2020 Paralympics: Portland native Will Groulx narrowly missed the podium, finishing in fourth place in the Men's road race H-2. In his first Paralympic Games, Cody Jung finished fourth in the Men's road time trial C4 and in sixteenth place in the Men's road race C 4-5.
Asya Miller – Portland, OR
Eliana Mason – Beaverton, OR
2020 Paralympics: USA Women's Goalball team claimed the silver medal at the Tokyo Paralympics. In the final, a shorthanded Team USA couldn't overcome a hot Turkey start, falling to the defending gold medalists, 9-2. The 2 goals in the final were scored by both local Oregonians, Asya Miller and Eliana Mason. On the tournament as a whole, Mason registered 9 goals while Miller contributed 4.
— Team USA (@TeamUSA) September 1, 2021
Para Track and Field
Taylor Talbot – Ontario, OR
2020 Paralympics: In her first Paralympics, Ontario, Oregon native Taylor Talbot failed to advance past the preliminary heats in the Women's 400m T13 (finished fourth in heat 2) and the Women's 100m T13 (finished fifth in heat 1).
In the final event of the evening, a trio of #TeamUSA athletes complete the women’s 400m T13 semifinal.
Erin Kerkhoff takes 2nd in heat one to advance to the finals.
Taylor Talbot comes in 4th in heat two. @kymkey14 finishes 3rd in heat three.#TeamUSA // #Tokyo2020
— U.S. Paralympics Track & Field (@USParaTF) September 2, 2021
Lindsey Zurbrugg – Portland OR
2020 Paralympics: Team USA Women's Wheelchair Basketball dominated Germany in the bronze medal game, winning 64-51. Portland native Lindsey Zurbrugg led the way for Team USA in the win with 22 points.
After the game, Zurbrugg was elated in winning the gold medal. “I'm really happy to have ended with such a great game today,” Zurbrugg said. “I attribute my success to the unwavering confidence that my teammates have in me. Even when there is an off day in any aspect of the game, they would always be able to pick me up and anybody up at any given time. This team is a family.”
Josh Wheeler - Days Creek, OR
2020 Paralympics: Josh Wheeler helped lead Team USA to the Silver Medal in Wheelchair Rugby. Team USA fell to Great Britain 54-49 in the gold medal match Sunday.
Aaron Keith – Woodinville, WA
2020 Paralympics: Keith made his Paralympic debut at the age of 50. The Woodinville, WA native finished fifth in qualifying in the men’s C1 3000-meter individual pursuit with a time of 3:45.354, narrowly missing the medal races.
Roxanne Trunnell – Richland, WA
2020 Paralympics: Roxanne Trunnell came into the Paralympic Games as the top-rank equestrian athlete. She was expected to reach the podium. She did not disappoint.
The Richland, Washington native made history and became the first American to win not only one, but two gold medals in the sport in the past 25 years. Trunnel won gold in the Grade I dressage individual test. On Monday, one day after helping the U.S. team to a bronze medal, Trunnell closed out her Paralympic competition with her second gold of the Games, this time in the Grade I individual freestyle test.
McKenna Dahl Geer – Arlington, WA
2020 Paralympics: Geer failed to qualify for the quarterfinals of the Mixed 10m Air Rifle Standing preliminary round Monday. The Arlington, WA native finished 34th in the Mixed 10m air rifle prone SH2 later in the week.
Para Track and Field
Hannah Dederick – Mead, WA
2020 Paralympics: Dederick narrowly missed the podium in the Women's 100m T54, finishing in fourth. She failed to qualify in the Women's 400m T54, finishing sixth in the preliminary heat.
Yen Hoang – Vancouver, WA
2020 Paralympics: The former Vancouver, WA native finished 8th in the finals of the 800 meters. Despite the disappointing result, Hoang ran her personal best in the preliminary heats at 1:51:49. In the Women's 100m T53 final, Hoang finished ninth. She failed to qualify in the 400m T53, placing fifth in her preliminary heat.
Chelsea McClammer – Richland, WA
2020 Paralympics: McClammer finished 6th in the Women's 800m final Sunday. In the 400m T53, the Richland, WA native finished sixth in the finals.
Isaiah Rigo – Cheney, WA
2020 Paralympics: Rigo finished 7th in both the 100m and 1500m T52 races. In the 400m T52, Rigo unfortunately ended up being disqualified.
Jaleen Roberts – Kent, WA
2020 Paralympics: In her first Paralympic Games, Jaleen Roberts took home a pair of silver medals in Athletics. The 22-year-old from Kent, Washington finished second in both the Women's 100m T37 in a time of 13.16. She also won the silver in the Women's long jump with a 4.65m jump. She just missed out medaling in the 200m, finishing sixth.
— Team USA (@TeamUSA) September 2, 2021
Susannah Scaroni – Tekoa, WA
2020 Paralympics: The 30-year old Tekoa, WA native won her first Paralympic gold medal with a personal best of 10:52:57 in the women's 5000m. Her finish was good for a Paralympic record.
Katie Holloway – Lake Stevens, WA
2020 Paralympics: Team USA continued its Olympic and Paralympic dominance on the volleyball court, taking down China for the gold medal in Tokyo. Holloway, a four-time Paralympian added her second gold medal to her trophy case (2016 and 2020) to go along with two silver medals (2008, 2012)
David Wagner – Walla Walla, WA
2020 Paralympics: Wagner dropped his quarterfinal matchup to Sugeno Koji of Japan in the quad singles tournament on Sunday.
Greg Billington – Spokane, WA
2020 Paralympics: Triathlon athlete Brad Snyder, guided by Spokane’s Greg Billington, won the gold medal in the Men’s PTVI triathlon. Leading the race from start to finish, Snyder clocked in with a time of 1:01.16.