DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – The Miami Valley’s own Paralympic gold medalist, Grace Norman, is back home. We spoke with her as she prepared to leave for the games, and again now that she’s returned with some serious hardware!
The Cedarville University freshman, and Xenia Christian graduate, won a gold medal in triathlon and bronze in the 400-meters. She said it’s great to be back home, and gives all the credit to God.
“I have been a strong believer my whole life, and I know without God, I can do nothing,” she said.
Grace doesn’t have a left foot; she was born with a congenital syndrome at birth that impacted her left leg. However, she is no stranger to overcoming the odds.
She was the first female amputee to qualify for a high school state track meet and finish on the podium, and the first woman to win gold in para-triathlon at the Paralympics.
The 18-year-old nursing student said she is looking forward to taking some time off and resting up, but said she is hoping to make varsity for the indoor and outdoor track team at Cedarville. She said there are a lot of fast runners.
We don’t think she’ll have a problem finding a spot on the team!
Grace is also quick to give thanks to her trainers, her prosthetist and family for helping her along the way.
She also explained why the Paralympic medals rattle. She said it’s for the visually impaired athletes so they can tell the difference between gold, silver and bronze. Each has a unique tone.