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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!

I am feeling great, feeling strong, feeling ready. With the support of friends, family, my coach, various doctors and teammates, I have accomplished so many great things. I know there's more to come soon, and I'm ready.

So, what does it take to achieve your goals? It takes passion, hard work, determination and sacrifice. Passion is something that is so hard to describe--it is loving something so much through the good, the bad, the laughter, the celebrations, the pain, the tears, the successes and the failures.

Thank you to absolutely everybody who has been a part of my life. I would not be able to reach my goals if it weren't for you all. Not a moment goes by that I don't stop and think about how blessed I have been to have such a great support system and people who always pushed me to reach new heights in whatever I was doing. Thank you.

Also, thank you for your continued support, and for believing in me. Together, with your support and my drive, I'm off to Beijing to be the best I can be.

Please tune in online at www.paralympicsport.tv or at www.youtube.com/paralympicsporttv . I am hesitant to post a schedule, as I guarantee you it will change -- but, tentatively I will race Day 3 (9/9/08), Day 4 (9/10/08), Day 5 (9/11/08), Day 6 (9/12/08), Day 8 (9/14/08), Day 9 (9/15/08), Day 10 (9/16/08). These are the days in Beijing, so make sure you account for the time difference!

Until next time...

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