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I am an elite wheelchair racer, Paralympic ambassador, public speaker and PhD graduate from the University of Illinois. I strive for athletic excellence and leading a life filled with integrity. I am the 2011 World Champion in the 200m and hold two bronze medals from the Paralympic Games in Beijing, China. I had the honor of representing Team USA in London at the 2012 Paralympic Games! I am currently recovering from surgery. I had some significant setbacks, but hope to make a full recovery and start training for Rio 2016! Thanks for following me on this incredible journey!

I appreciate your support.
— Anjali Forber-Pratt, Ph.D.

Lifestream

Bronze Medal in the 400m!!!!!!!

I wish I had more time to write a complete entry here, but I have to get to bed to rest up for tomorrow. Last night I ran the best 400m of my life so far... I ran a personal best by more than 2 seconds and captured the bronze medal! Tomorrow is my final for the 100m. I'll write more soon.

Racing Tomorrow!

The time is here! Tomorrow is officially race day! I'm so excited. My equipment is all ready to go, I am ready to go. The only thing left between now and when the starting gun goes off is a good nights sleep, and a couple meals! Thank you for all the good luck wishes! Tomorrow night is the 400m prelim. Check it out online!

Arrival in Beijing

I arrived today in Beijing. Look for some email updates soon.

Kadena Training

Sorry for the delay in posting... These past 10 days have truly flown by. I cannot tell you how grateful we all are to the folks here at Kadena Air Force Base for having us here. There is not a single complaint I can think of. We were fed extremely well, our rooms were excellent, we have become acclimated to the weather and timezone and most of all we have all made friends and connections with our sponsor families and many other individuals affiliated with the military.

Internet & TV Coverage of the Paralympic Games!!!!!

Press release from the IPC:
Bonn, Germany - Universal Sports, a multiplatform destination for amateur sports programming throughout the year which is co-owned by NBC Universal and InterMedia Partners, the Beijing 2008 Organizing Committee (BOCOG) and the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) announced today an agreement to provide the first-ever multiplatform broadcast coverage of the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games, presented by GE in the United States.

Kadena Air Force Base - Day 1 & Day 2

As promised-- here is my "daily" update from Japan. We arrived safe and sound into Kadena Air Force Base in Okinawa, Japan. Now I have had two full days on the base and have all kinds of little things to report from here in mini-America.

T Minus 40 Hours and Counting...

The time is almost here for my departure to Colorado Springs for Team Processing before heading to Japan (for a training camp) and then on to Beijing! I cannot believe it is actually here.

Going to the Paralympics is something I have always dreamed about...for as long as I can remember. It is something that has always been on my horizon for a while, whether it was for skiing or for track, but the timing was just never right because of injuries, surgeries, life etc. The time is now, and I can't wait!

Chicago 2016

I recently attended an event in Chicago in support of the 2016 bid. Chicago is a finalist right now in the selection process for the 2016 Olympics and Paralympics. The other finalists are Rio de Janeiro, Tokyo and Madrid. At the event, I had the opportunity to meet many current and former Olympians and Paralympians. Prior to the evening show, I spent some time talking with Dominique Moceanu, Olympic gold medalists in gymnastics. It was great to exchange stories and hear about everything she has been up to lately.

Natick Tab Article

I made the local paper again today... check out the article: here!

Thanks!

Article in the Metrowest Daily News

Check out tomorrow's (Sundays) Metrowest Daily News, there is supposed to be an article about me!

Beijing 2008 Here I Come!

I'm headed to Beijing as part of Team USA!! More info to come later... Thanks for all your support!!!!!!!!!!!!

US Paralympic Trials - Update #1

It is nice and hot here in Arizona. By hot I mean it was 112 today I believe.

US Paralympic Track Trials

I just finished packing and we head out early early tomorrow morning for trials. Tentatively, I will race the 100m on Friday (prelim and final), Saturday morning I will race a 200m final and a 400m prelim, Saturday evening 400m final. I will try my best to post results as quickly as possible, but just in case, I recommend checking: http://2008paralympictracktrials.com for up to date results.

Boston Red Sox --- And I'll be on the field!

That's right folks! This Saturday, the June 7th Red Sox game against the Seattle Mariners I was asked to be a special guest and be on the field at Fenway for Paralympic Awareness Day/ Disability Awareness Day at the ballpark!!

Swiss Track Meet #2

I started the day off in Ibach with the 100m. I ran a 17.59 which I was pretty happy with, I ended up in second behind Ilana who ran a 17.39. It was a good race, but for me I felt like it was just a warm up, I wasn't feeling that great going into it. The 400m was just after lunch and the first 200m and last 100m were super, the curve in the middle there was a headwind that hit me hard, but I made a good hustle to the finish line and finished second with a time of 1:02.24. My 200m was a spectacular race. I ran a 32.46 and was second behind a winning time of 32.34.

Swiss Track Meet #1

Some things I've learned living in Switzerland now for a week or so... the Swiss are very punctual and like to follow their schedules. They are also very quiet. I've heard time and time again how loud Americans are, but you don't realize it until you are in a quiet culture and as an American you wonder what's going on and why is everybody so quiet?

Results... full report will come tomorrow

It's 10:30pm here and I'm in bed and exhausted... but the results from today's track meet are:

100m - 17.76 and I finished in second place. It was a very exciting race. Three of us all finished 2 hundreths of a second away from each other... so first place was 17.74 Ilana Duff from Canada, I was second with 17.76 and Francesca from Italy was 17.78.

400m - 1:00.21 and I finished in second place behind my teammate Jessie who ran a 57.35

200m - 31.27 and I finished in first place.

More to come tomorrow!

Willkommen!

Willkommen in der Switzerland! I arrived safe and sound to Switzerland, even after a 4 hour delay at Bloomington airport. Currently, I am unpacked and relaxing in my room with my teammate. We had gorgeous weather when we first arrived...and then the rain came. It looks like it's going to be a wet time here. I will try my best to keep my site posted, but just in case, the event website can be found here.

Stay tuned!

Correction: Dixie Games

3 new PRs! I ran a 17.39 in the 100m so I beat my time from a couple weeks ago by a hundredth of a second. So the official results are:
100m: 17.39
200m: 31.12
400m: 58.21

Full results can be found here.

Dixie Games, Warm Springs, GA

2 new PRs!!!!! I am excited to let you know that I ran a 31.12 in the 200m and finished 1st in all my races. I ran a 58.21 in the 400m and I'm not sure yet on my 100m time, I think it was 17.89 ish. Great meet, it was hot and humid. Now I am gearing up for the loooong drive back to IL tomorrow and then headed to Switzerland on Wednesday for two track meets.

More to follow later...

Bloomsday 12K, Spokane, WA

Bloomsday! What a great event! I totally love going to this race, the entire city is so enthusiastic about the event and people come from all over. One of the other neat things about this race is that to get your race day t-shirt you have to earn it, ie. you have to finish. It's one of the trademarks of this race. Good news: I got my t-shirt!

The race:

Desert Challenge Games (cont.)

Well I don't have much more to report about the Desert Challenge Games other than that I was very pleased with my performance. I felt I went into the race in the right place mentally and things came together exactly as I had hoped. I was stoked that my two PRs came after a full day of sitting outside in the 96 degree weather. I was well hydrated and it sure paid off. I'm looking forward to trials in June in a matter of weeks now.

Desert Challenge

I am not sure how many "die-hard" blog readers I have yet... but for those of you who just cannot wait for the full report... Desert Challenge was a spectacular meet for me. It was H-O-T, but even in that AZ heat, I managed to come away with two PR's (personal records) and very respectable times for all my other events too. I was very pleased with my performance. Our races were combined, meaning I ran with people in my division (T53) and people in the division above mine (T54). I finished second in all of my races, first in my classification. My times were...

Power of Thinking

It is amazing to me how much the power of thought can influence your actions. This can be a good thing, or a bad thing. It is something, as an athlete, that we all KNOW exists, but it is another thing to experience it. Let me share a story...

Blood, Sweat & Tears

That title seemed appropriate for my most recent trip to Georgia. It all started off with a track meet, Champions Meet. It was the first track meet of the season, I was coming off of a strong week of training and was really looking forward to the meet. Things did not go quite as I had hoped, my times were off and I had hoped to fare better. But, I've got other track meets to get some good times at. Challenging meets always help to keep you in check and to remember that you still have work to do. I was happy with my 200m time, it was 32.55.