As we approach the London Paralympic Games, BlazeSports is proud to host guest contributions from USA Paralympic athletes on the BlazeSports Blog. These featured blogs will be written by athletes training for the Games. We hope our readers enjoy this behind the scenes look at what it takes to get ready for international competition! Our first installment recognizes the “100 Days Out” call and is contributed by Chris Ahrens and Josh McKinney.
Hi, this is Chris Ahrens and Josh Mckinney of the Paralympic Soccer Team Checking in. We are currently in Manchester, England competing at the BT Paralympic World Cup. Today we took part in a photo shoot marking 100 days until the start of the Paralympic Games. How cool is is that the games are only 100 days away? We have been training years for this! We are practicing hard as a team and training lots on our own to get better. Chris is excited because this will be his first Paralympic Games, whereas Josh is an old man and this will be his 3rd Paralympic Games. Check back soon to hear more about our journey to the games!
About the authors: Josh McKinney and Chris Ahrens: Josh McKinney recently earned his 100th career international cap when the team played Russia at Yevpatoriya, Ukraine. The London Games will mark McKinney’s third Paralympics, following his 1996 Atlanta and 2004 Athens appearances. Chris Ahrens is an Adapted P.E. Teacher and U.S. Paralympic Soccer Player training for London 2012. Follow him on twitter @chrisahrens.