Anyone who’s been watching the recent Paralympics in Tokyo doesn’t need me to underscore what an impressive and inspiring spectacle it all is. An event that already had sucked me in this year got even cooler recently with the news that Brad Snyder, a 2019 GMAP alumnus, took home his SIXTH Paralympic gold medal (and eighth medal overall), this time in the paratriathlon in the vision-impaired category of athletes. Why “this time?” Only because his previous medals came in swimming events in the previous Rio and London games. That’s right: Brad needed an additional challenge so actually switched events, and just kept on winning.
There’s clearly no need for this feat to be made even more impressive, but there’s more. This latest medal makes Brad the first American man to win gold in an individual triathlon event in ANY Olympic or Paralympic Games.
Personally, I get winded just reading about these accomplishments. Fletcher is bursting with pride at Brad’s success, and it’s a delight to share it with our blog readers! You can read more about Brad’s story here.