Perhaps the best way to summarize Travis’ story is by SCIFIT’s summary clip after a day of interviews. Check back often as there are many more videos to come!
Travis was born without his lower limbs but has never let that set him back. He is a two-time Paralympic gold medalist and is now pursuing a path to compete again at the highest level, 16 years later!
Imagine towing cars with your wheelchair to gain explosive speed and completing 3-mile workouts through unplowed snow to acquire balance in your wheelchair. Those were just some of the things that led Travis to serve as captain of the University of Illinois wheelchair basketball team, joining the National Wheelchair Basketball Team right out of high school, and becoming a two-time gold medalist in wheelchair basketball in the Sydney 2000 Paralympics and the Athens 2004 Paralympics.
These days four AM wake-up calls to cycle in dark frosty 30 degrees weather, V02 max intervals in the pouring pacific northwest rain, and 3-hour sessions on a SCIFIT upper body ergometer are some of the strategies Travis is pursuing weekly gains in handcycling to pursuit the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games!
Travis Gaertner recently became the USA national champion and finished in the top 10 in the world at the 2018 UCI Para-Cycling World Championships in Italy!
Travis grew up watching NBA hall of famer Bill Walton and now he’s Travis’ newest fan! Here’s Bill’s take:
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Watch the video below and hear from Travis about why this is so important to him:
There are relatively few disabled athletes competing at this level – that makes this harder:
Why do it if it were easy? Accountability for daily pain is the game:
Check out the history of the hand cycle: UCI’s History of the Handcycle
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. ~ Philippians 4:13