Kansas Paralympian returns home from Rio

Paralympian Liz Willis returned home to a large crowd Monday. (KSN Photo)
Paralympian Liz Willis returned home to a large crowd Monday. (KSN Photo)

AUGUSTA, Kan. (KSNW) – Monday morning Liz Willis returned home after competing in the Paralympics.

“Going to Rio was definitely the adventure of a lifetime, one that I will never forget nor hopefully ever take for granted,” said Willis.

Willis lost her left leg below the knee five years ago. It took six months to learn how to walk. It took another year to learn how to run.

On Monday, she returned after her first time at the games.

“When I’m here in the United States, it’s nothing for me to finish first or second in every single race, but then you go internationally and all of a sudden, I hit resistance and competition, and for that experience alone, it’s great because I actually am pushed to become a better athlete.”

Willis didn’t medal. She placed sixth in her strongest event, the 400 meter run. She said the experience simply pushed her to continue her journey to Tokyo.

“I cannot wait to be seeing them again in the future hopefully coming back much stronger as I learn new legs and prosthetics and techniques and how to run more efficiently against them.”

Wichita State junior Deja Young won two gold medals in track, and Nick Taylor won a silver medal with his partner David Wagner in tennis.

 

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