Cheri Becerra, 22, T10 paraplegic as a result of transverse myillitis at
age 4. Cheri began training with Coach Hansen in 1995 after her first
year of racing. She qualified for the women's exhibition 800 meters at
the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta. She won the bronze medal and went on to win two silvers and two more bronze medals at the Atlanta Paralympics a month later. She has set world and national records at 400 meters. Cheri is a proud representative of the Omaha tribe and is active in Native American
culture and events around the country.
Craig Blanchette, 32, A double amputee from a birth condition. 1988 Olympic Bronze Medalist and holder of several World and national records. Craig has appeared in several Nike television commercials and on numerous television shows. He has been featured in Sports Illustrated and many
other publications. Craig has added the sport of handcycling to his schedule in 2000, while he expands his Shaklee business and homeschooling his two sons with Anita his wife of seven years.
Cisco Jeter, 28. L2 Paraplegic as the result of auto accident at age 18.
Gold (400m relay) & Bronze (800m) medalist 1992 Paralympic Games,
Barcelona, Spain. Just missed making the '96 Paralympic Team. Trained by Hansen since attending the 1991 WWS racing camp at the University of Oregon. Currently a sales rep for a pharmaceutical company.
Matt Parry, 24. T6 Paraplegic as the result of go-cart accident at age 12. World Record Holder 100meters, Silver Medalist 1996 Atlanta Paralympic Games, Gold Medalist 1994 World Championships. Began training with coach Hansen in 1991 at the first WWS race camp held in Eugene, OR. Matt was an Honor Student at Arizona State University with a 3.8 GPA and is currently enrolled in the Masters program at ASU.
Chris Waddell, 29. T10 Paraplegic as the result of a skiing accident at
age 18. Winner of 4 Paralympic gold medals in alpine skiing: Lillehammer
('94) & one gold and two silvers at Nagano ('98); Bronze Medalist 1995
World Championships & member of the '96 Paralympic Track Team. Began training with Coach Hansen in 1994. Chris has been featured on many television programs (Oprah, Dateline, Skiing, etc.) and was named as one of the 1998's 50 most beautiful people in the world by People magazine. Still skiing, racing, modeling & coaching for World Wheelchair Sports.
Kevin Hansen, 46. C-4,5 quadriplegic as the result of a snow skiing
accident in 1975. Currently a wheelchair athletics coach and Executive
Director for World Wheelchair Sports. Kevin was one of the track coaches
selected in 1996 by the United States Olympic Committee to coach America's wheelchair track team in Atlanta. Hansen was the only wheelchair user on the 1996 U.S. Paralympic Track & Field coaching staff. He has been coaching skiing, running or water sports since 1970 and wheelchair racing himself since 1979. Since he began coaching wheelchair racers in 1984 he has trained athletes who have set 18 world records. Kevin has been
married to artist Connie Mohr since 1974.