Breck to Host 2020 U.S. Paralympic Track & Field Trials

The U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee announced that Minneapolis will host the 2020 Paralympic Trials for Team USA this June. Breck holds an important role in this announcement as we have been named the host of the Track & Field events.

Nearly 400 elite athletes will converge in Minneapolis for three days where they will compete in swimming, track & field, and cycling. The Trials will conclude with a celebration on June 28 and announcement of the Paralympic Team that will go on to compete in Tokyo in 2020. 

Breck fourth graders had the opportunity to meet Paralympian Lex Gillette, who won a silver medal in the long jump at the 2016 Rio Paralympics. Gillette talked to our students about his blindness, how he trains, and his role as a leader in the community. He brought his Rio medal with him, much to the delight of our fourth graders. We learned that Paralympic medals have several special features: they make a soft jingle sound when shaken (gold, silver, and bronze each making a slightly different sound), and they include Braille type on the face of the medal. 

Lex Gillette - Paralympian long jumper

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