Chico State grad prepares for second Paralympics

Kym Crosby qualified for the Paralympics in the 100 and 400-meter races. She has a visual acuity of 20/400.

Posted: Jun 25, 2021 7:01 PM
Updated: Jun 25, 2021 7:03 PM

CHICO, Calif. - Kym Crosby is preparing for a run in the Paralympics.

She won her 100 and 400-meter races at the Paralympic track trials in Minneapolis.

“I love that I'm able to do this on my own,” Kym said. “I forget that I'm even visually impaired."

Kym has run track for 14 years. She does so with a visual acuity of 20/400.

"I follow the lines on the track,” Kym said. “The white lines are a big contrast from the red track. So I'm honestly just looking down the entire way around the track."

Kym lives by the motto: limited sight, limitless dreams.

She earned a bronze medal at the 2016 Paralympics in Rio. She’s continuing to follow her dreams in Tokyo.

“I've never let my lack of sight get in the way of that," Kym said.

Kym grew up in Yuba City and ran track at Chico State.

"Running throughout the state at different colleges, against many talented women, it prepared me in that way,” she said. “That's the biggest thing that prepared me for running at the Paralympic games.”

Training hasn’t always been easy. Covid-19 postponed the Paralympics. Then, Kym tore her hamstring. But, she persevered. Now, she can’t wait to represent Team USA.

"I'm excited just to be there with all my teammates and the other countries,” Kym said. “That's the part that makes it real for me: being there with all the other countries. We're all there for the same goal.”

Kym’s husband, Erik Hightower, also qualified for the Paralympics. He’ll compete in the 100 and 400-meter wheelchair sprints.

The Paralympics begin August 24th.

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