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Two Penn Staters Will Compete At Paralympics

Two athletes will represent both the United States and Penn State at the 2016 Paralympics in Rio, held September 7-18.

Emily Frederick is an incoming freshman who will compete in the shot put in the F40 classification on September 11. She topped her division in trials with a throw of 5.34 meters. Frederick is from Gadsen, Alabama and plans to study kinesiology.

Shawn Morelli will compete in road and track cycling events in the C4 classification at the Paralympics. Morelli, a U.S. Army veteran, is a 1998 graduate from Meadville, PA. She is a three-time road cycling World Champion with titles at the 2014 and 2015 Championships in the road race and time trials. She is also the current World Champion and World Record holder in track cycling’s three kilometer pursuit.

Both athletes will be competing in their first Paralympics. No Penn State athlete has managed to win a gold medal at the Paralympics, but Frederick and Morelli could be primed to change that.

Teri Jordan will also be heading down with the contingent of athletes. Jordan is the program coordinator of Penn State Ability Athletics, the university’s program for disabled athletes. The program currently gives athletes opportunities in track and field, swimming, wheelchair basketball, and power lifting.

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Steve Connelly

Unfortunately, former editor Steve Connelly has graduated. Where is he now? He might be doing something related to that PR degree he got in 2019. Maybe he finally opened that sports bar named after one of his photos, the Blurry Zamboni. Or he might just be eating chicken tenders and couch surfing. Anything’s possible. If you really want to know, follow him on Twitter @slc2o.


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