by Dylan Beck
Rockwell students filled the sidewalk and grass in front of Rockwell Monday to cheer for David Blair as he arrived home from the paralympics in Rio.
Blair went to Rio to compete in the paralympic games. He is on the USA Track and Field team and he throws the discus and shot-put. He was born with a clubfoot and was told that he would never be able to play sports and wouldn’t be able to function normally as a child, but he didn’t give up. He had surgery after surgery, and later proved doctors wrong by competing in his athletic endeavors.
Blair was very good at throwing when he discovered the discus throw. He had no coaching so he learned from videos and taught himself. He later went on to win the high-school state championships, and received an athletic scholarship to Weber State University in Ogden, Utah. He broke many school records and earned two conference titles in hammer and weight throw. While at Weber State, Blair received a Bachelor’s Degree of Science in technical sales and computer science.After graduating from Weber State, Blair picked up the discus and threw it 54.25 meters after not having thrown it for 16 years. He finished his season 6 months later with a silver in the world championships in Doha, Qatar.
Blair went to the Colorado Springs Olympic Training Center in 1993, and won the Male Adaptive Athlete of the year at the 2016 Governor’s State of Sport Awards. This year he won gold for the discus and last year he received a bronze. He has 3 medals total at the world championships.As Blair walked up the street with his gold medal shining in the sunlight, high-fiving everyone close to the road, Rockwell students cheered and clapped as he reached the top of the street. Fire trucks were blaring the horns and lights as they drove off down the road. Journalists from many newspapers came out to photograph this event.