Invacare Congratulates Paralympic Athletes

Invacare Paralympic AthletesA number of Team Invacare athletes found success at the summer Paralympics in London.

“These athletes are realizing their dreams on an international stage, and these stories, these victories are why we come to work every day,” said Lou Slangen, executive vice president marketing and chief product officer at Invacare, a manufacturer of wheelchairs and handcycles.

On the Track
Thomas Geierspichler of Austria took bronze in the men’s 400 meter (T52), and Edith Hunkeler of Switzerland won the women’s T54 5,000 meter, placed second in the 800- and 1,500-meter races and won third in the 400 meter. Australia’s Kurt Fearnley grabbed silver in the men’s 5,000 meter (T54) and third in the marathon, and Rheed McCracken earned second and third finishes in the 100 meter and 200 meter (T34), respectively. University of Illinois’ Jessica Galli (T53) and Josh George (T53) both won bronze in the 800 meter, and Shirley Reilly won the women’s marathon, came in second in the 5,000 meter and took third in the 1,500 meter.

On the Road
Team USA’s Muffy Davis won the H2 division in the road race, time trial and team relay, and Monica Bascio took home two H3 division medals. Ireland’s Mark Rohan placed first in the H1 division for the time trial and road race, France’s Joel Jeannot finished third in the H3 road race, and Heinz Frei of Switzerland won the H2 time trial and took third in the team time trial. In the H4 division, South Africa’s Ernst van Dyk earned silver in the road race, and Team USA’s Oz Sanchez won bronze in the time trial.

On the Court
Holland’s Anike Koot finished with silver in women’s singles and doubles on the tennis court. Nick Taylor of Team USA won quad doubles with his partner David Wagner.

In basketball, Team Canada beat Team Australia in the final game with the Pat Anderson leading in total points and David Eng with assists. On the men’s side, Team USA beat Team UK for bronze with Paul Schulte as team co-captain and point guard and Jeremy Lade on the roster.