University of Central Oklahoma resident athlete Jeremy Campbell will get the opportunity to repeat as a gold medalist when he represents the nation as a member of the U.S. Paralympic Track and Field Team in the 2012 Paralympic Games in London, Aug. 29 to Sept. 9.
Campbell’s nomination came after his throw of 62.52m in the men’s discus T44 at the U.S. Paralympic Track and Field Trials in Indianapolis last weekend.
This marks the second time Campbell has been selected for the U.S. Paralympic team. Campbell won two gold medals in the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing, meaning he will head to London as the reigning Paralympic champion in men’s discus and get a chance to defend his title.
“It’s an honor to be named to the team, especially for the second time,” Campbell said.
“It has been a long four years, and I’ve learned a lot while growing with this sport. Now, I know what to expect at the Games this time around.”
Campbell currently holds the world record for men’s discus, which he set at the UCO Endeavor Games in June, a sporting event for physically disabled athletes every summer on Central’s campus.
“It’s emotionally draining to break a world record then get back to work the next day,” Campbell said.
“But I’ll continue steadily training and stay mentally focused to represent my country the best I possibly can.”
Central became an official U.S. Olympic Training Site in July 2009, and has been an official U.S. Paralympic Training Site since 2005. At Central, athletes can train for Olympic volleyball and archery and any Paralympic sport. Currently, Central hosts 16 resident athletes in the Paralympic sports of sitting volleyball, archery, and track and field.
FOR MORE information on Central’s Olympic and Paralympic programs, visit www.ucotrainingsite.com.