Blind Chico State runner invited to 2016 Paralympics

Sep 26, 2013 7:27 PM

Running in college is impressive enough - but what makes Kym Crosby's endeavors on the track truly exceptional is the fact that she's blind, and after two years of sprinting for Chico State, Crosby has run her way to an invitation to the 2016 Paralympics.

Kym Crosby's training methods are proof that she's seen her fair share of races. But she doesn't "see" them like most runners. That's because Crosby was born legally blind.

"I'm Albino, I have no pigment in my eyes, hair, or skin so if the sun is in my face then I can't see anything," said Crosby.

Amazingly, it hasn't put the brakes on her running career.

"There's the contrast between the color of the track and the lines stick out to me, so I follow the lines all the way around the track," said Crosby.

According to Chico State track & field coach, Oliver Hanf, Crosby doesn't just follow the lines, she flies around them.

"She has that 'Beast Mode,' attacks the track, sets the track on fire, she runs with grace but it's a powerful stride," said Hanf.

Crosby participates in the 200 and 400-meter for the Wildcats, she's a member of the relay team as well, and with her powerful strides she recently received a bid to compete for the 2016 US Paralympics team in Rio de Janeiro.

"I wanted to run around and tell everybody, all my friends, all my family, I was jumping around, I was so excited I think I kind've freaked out Keystone," said Crosby.

Keystone, that's her guide dog, a canine who's helped her adjust to the hustle and bustle of college life.

"He's really my buddy, he takes care of me. I can dodge stuff, I won't bump into things, he's a big help for me," said Crosby.

Even though she can't see her sights are now set on Rio, and this future Paralympics athlete hopes her story will inspire others to follow their dreams.

"I love that I can encourage people, especially people with a disability, just because they have a disability doesn't mean they should stop and not do anything. I encourage them to get out and do what they love and don't let anybody bring them down," said Crosby.


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