former Miss Waco competes in Para Snowboard Globe Championships in Spain

WACO, Texas (KWTX) – Former Miss Waco, Jamie Blanek, 33, who lost her leg two years ago following becoming hit by a vehicle although stopping to render air to two young girls in an accident, has accomplished an just about unheard-of feat by qualifying and participating in the Para Snowboard Globe Championships in Spain in her very first year competing.

She’s presently ranked 7th in the globe.

“I just go complete force with every little thing I want to do,” Blanek stated. “I’m determined to attain my ambitions.”

Jamie underwent her most current surgery 4 months ago but has never ever let her accident hold her back.

Jamie Blanek(Courtesy Pictures)

She spent the final 3 weeks competing in Europe, very first in Italy at the Europa Cup, and then Spain at the Globe Championship.

It is about much more than a medal to Jamie as there is presently no snowboarding occasion in the Paralympics for athletes like her who are the most severely disabled in the reduced limb category.

Competing at this higher of a level is a big step toward creating that occur.

Jamie very first competed in San Pellegrino, Italy in the Europa Cup in two events of boardercross, a variety of snowboarding competitors exactly where competitors race side-by-side on a specially made course and banked slalom, a snowboard race held on a curvy course with tight banked turns. She placed 2nd in each events.

Jamie BlanekJamie Blanek(Courtesy Photo)

Jamie and other competitors worldwide with equivalent disabilities earned the possibility to go to Spain and train, but with no guarantees to basically compete.

“We have been becoming observed through all our coaching. We have been becoming watched so they could see, ‘okay, is this athlete secure? Are they capable of performing these courses?’ Then we had to be voted on and authorized, and then wild carded in. So, it wasn’t even assured we’d get to compete just by going to Spain, nevertheless, we required the numbers.”

Jamie ended up putting 7th in each events at the Globe Championships.

“I have been coaching genuinely really hard, so to be ranked 7th in the globe, is extraordinary,” she stated.

Jamie BlanekJamie Blanek(Courtesy Pictures)

Jamie is returning Friday to the United States exactly where she’s been coaching at the National Potential Center is Park City, Utah considering the fact that December 2021.

Her subsequent competitors is the national championships in Colorado in April.

Jamie is portion of the Improvement Group with Group USA, and has her eyes set on her subsequent major objective, competing at the Winter Paralympics in 2026.

“To be exactly where I’m at with my sport, and my life in common, only two years following this just about fatal accident, is really exceptional,” Blanek stated, “I’m so grateful to not only be alive but to be living a life of goal, and I get to do what I adore every day.”

“That’s factor I can provide to the globe is to show them by way of my actions something is achievable.”

Jamie BlanekJamie Blanek(Courtesy Pictures)

Leave a Reply

Previous post Portland Thorns, Canada star Beckie to miss Women’s Globe Cup
Next post Roy Hodgson: Former Crystal Palace boss in talks more than return to replace Patrick Vieira | Football News