October 20, 2006

WNCC 2006-2007 Cultural Series: "Faces, Voices & Stories"

Olympic Medalist Candace Cable Chooses Victory

Candace Cable was in a car accident that left her legs paralyzed. For many, this would be a reason to become discouraged and give up on life. Not for Candace Cable. After her accident, she won more than 80 wheelchair marathons, two Olympic medals, and a World Cup title in women's cross-country ski racing. Cable comes to Western Nevada Community College on Friday, Oct. 20, to tell her inspiring story of how she turned a life-threatening injury into a successful 27-year athletic career.

"Choosing Victory" is the first featured program of Western's 2006-2007 Cultural Series: Faces, Voices & Stories. Admission is free to the event that begins at 7 p.m. in Marlette Hall, 2201 West College Parkway.

Cable's incredible story begins with her car accident in 1975. After two years of rehabilitation and counseling, she enrolled in California State University at Long Beach majoring in physical education. While in college, she was on the lookout for athletic pursuits and found wheelchair racing.

She went on to become a pioneer in the sport, winning six Boston Marathons, nine Paralympic gold medals, and two Olympic medals, one in Los Angeles in 1984 and another in Seoul in 1988. Cable has been a member of the U.S. Wheelchair Sports Team for 13 years, and was inducted into the Wheelchair Sports Hall of Fame in 1997.

In 1989, Cable moved to Lake Tahoe and took up alpine and cross-country skiing. Her excellence in the sports led her to two silver and three bronze medals in the International Paralympic Committee Nordic Skiing World Championships for the Disabled, and one silver and two bronze medals in the Winter Paralympic Games. She
has been a U.S. Disabled Ski Team member for 14 years.

Cable has appeared on "Larry King Live" on CNN, "No Guts, No Glory" and "Some Kind of Miracle" on NBC, "Running and Racing" and "Sportslook" on ESPN, "Wheel and Steel" on PBS, and the "Super Stars" on ABC.

She now directs Turning Point Tahoe, a non-profit organization that fosters outdoor recreation for the disabled, and Advancing Our Abilities, a group that creates programs for the disabled in public school systems.

Press Release: September 22, 2006

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