Monday, December 18, 2006

Marla Runyan: Exceptional Person

One of the women representing the United States in the 1500 meter track event at the 2000 Olympics was Marla Runyan. The American runner finished seventh in her preliminary heat and rose to sixth in the semifinals to qualify for the finals. During the final race, Marla lost track of the major competitors. She finished in eighth position, 3.20 seconds behind the gold medal winner.

In 1996, Marla set several track and field records at the Paralympics in Atlanta, Georgia. Following that success, Marla wanted to compete in the 2000 Olympics in Sydney -- even though she is legally blind. The 31-year-old runner has been diagnosed with Stargardt disease. This is a condition that leaves her with a limited ability to see what is in front of her. In Sydney, Marla became the first legally blind athlete to compete in an Olympics.


Anonymous said...

i adore marla runyan. i think she is so wonderful! shes my role model. i love her lots!! im only a teenager and I inspire her so much and knowing that im not the only teenager who inspire her. there are more out there in the world. marla is pretty famous for her gift!


Maddie (age 12) said...

Im doing a project on her and
I beleive she is probably one of the strongest and most amazing women runner alive...Even if she's not the best.

Anonymous said...

i think she is amazing. she has accomplished so much.

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