Vets Medal Haul

Reprinted from PN/Paraplegia News October 2013

Army vets Ce-Ce Mazyck, Scot Severn and Scott Winkler lead Team USA at IPC Athletics World Championships.

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A trio of U.S. Army veterans helped Team USA collect its most track and field medals at July’s International Paralympic Committee Athletics World Championships in Lyon, France.

Ce-Ce Mazyck (Columbia, S.C.), National Veterans Wheelchair Games gold medalist Scot Severn (Caro, Mich.) and Paralyzed Veterans of America member Scott Winkler (Pittsburgh) each took home medals in their respective field events at the championships. That helped the U.S. collect a record 52 medals, 18 better than its old mark.

Ce-Ce Mazyck

Mazyck got about as close as you could get to a silver medal, but settled for the bronze in the women’s javelin F57/58. She fell just .02 of a meter shy of second place after posting a throw of 19.83 meters (just over 65 feet) on her second attempt.

Sylvia Grant of Jamaica took the silver with a throw of 19.85 while Safia Djelal of Algeria won gold with 30.53.

“I felt really, really good today, going out there and competing for Team USA,” Mazyck says. “Just getting on the podium was the main thing for me because in London, I kind of missed the mark a little bit. This was a chance for me to redeem myself. I’m so blessed to be on the podium.”

Mazyck was injured in November 2003, just prior to Thanksgiving, while doing a parachute jump with the U.S. Army’s 82nd Airborne Division. She also took part in the London 2012 Paralympic Games.

Severn earned a bronze medal in London, but did even better in France. He posted a throw of 8.26 meters (just over 27 feet) to win the silver in the men’s shot put F52/53. Aigars Apinis of Latvia won the gold with 10.23 meters.

Winkler took home a shot put bronze after a heave of 10.82 meters (35.4 feet) in his final attempt of the men’s F54/55 event. Injured 10 years ago while serving in Iraq, he has competed at the Beijing and London Paralympics.

Mazyck, Severn and Winkler were three of 10 veterans on the 2013 U.S. Paralympics Track and Field World Championship Team, which also includes two active duty service members. Team USA’s old record for most medals won at the Paralympics or world championships was 34 in 2011.

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