XENIA — Former Xenia Christian High School track & field and cross country standout, and current Cedarville University sophomore and Team USA Paralympian Grace Norman is an ESPN ESPY’s award finalist for Best Female Athlete with a Disability.
Norman earned the gold medal in the women’s triathlon and won bronze in the 400-meter run less than 24 hours later, at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She’ll be in attendance July 12 at the nationally televised ESPY’s Awards Ceremony in Los Angeles. For a full listing of the ESPY ballot, and to vote for Norman, go to http://www.espn.com/espys/.
She left with her dad, Tim, for Los Angeles on Tuesday, July 11. The annual ESPY Awards television show will be aired at 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 12. Fans have right up until the start of the show to vote for their favorite athletes or teams in each category.
After the awards show, Norman will fly to Chula Vista, Calif. for a week-long Elite Paratriathlete Camp at the Olympic Training Center. She then heads to Sandy, Utah for five days of preparation with her coach Wes Johnson. Norman will then be in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada for her first International Triathlon Union (ITU)-sanctioned triathlon of the season on July 29. She’ll then return home three weeks later to compete in the Greene County Fair.
For a direct link to Norman’s voting category, go to: http://www.espn.com/espys/story/_/page/voting36/best-female-athlete-disability .
Contact John Bombatch at 937-372-4444, Ext. 2123.