Out Paralympians digest: Jen Armbruster


This goalball player has an experience in sport which is much longer and much more successful than some ‘healthy’ (or, it would be better to say ‘non-Paralympic’) sportsmen could ever imagine. She has a great inner strength and desire to live which can be a great inspiration for many of us.

And she helps other people not only with showing them her own example. For many years she worked as the Recreation Specialist at the Lakeshore Foundation, a non-profit organization that promotes independence for persons with physical disabilities and provides opportunities to pursue active, healthy lifestyles.

Jen took part in her first Paralympic Games 20 years ago in Atlanta where she won a bronze medal. In Athens 2004 she improved her results and got the silver, and in Beijing 2008 (where she carried the USA flag, by the way) she got her first (and we truly hope that not last) Paralympic gold. But the success in sport is not the only thing for Armbuster to be proud of: she is happy in marriage with her wife Aysa, she brings up her son Ryder, she has everything she needs to be happy. But one more gold (at the SEVENTH Paralympic Games in her career) definitely will not be extra! Good luck, Jen, 7 is a lucky number.


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