POSTED: March 8th 2016

Olympics: Nine-time Paralympian Candace Cable named Vice Chair of Board for LA 2024

LA 2024 Vice Chair Candace Cable © LA 2024
LA 2024 Vice Chair Candace Cable © LA 2024

MARISSA FLANDERS (USA) / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) Nine-time Paralympian and leader of the adaptive sport movement, Candace Cable, was appointed as Vice Chair of LA 2024's bid committee to bring the Olympic Games back to the United States of America for the first time in 28 years. Cable will be critical to ensuring that LA 2024 provides both Olympians and Paralympians get the best possible athlete experience.

Cable is a native of Southern California and consults with government agencies, nonprofits, sports groups, and non-governmental organizations around the world on creating inclusive environments for those with disabilities. Since she first became acquainted in the late 1970s with the sport of wheelchair racing, she has been at the forefront of the adaptive sport movement. Cable was the first American woman to accomplish the feat of winning medals in both the Summer and Winter Paralympic Games (12 total medals, including eight gold). As a widely recognized pioneer of wheelchair racing, Cable has participated in fine-tuning elements of the sport like endorsements and rules, along with having a hand in creating race director guidelines. She has also competed in the first-ever Olympic Wheelchair Racing event in 1984, which was held in Los Angeles. She went on to compete at eh Summer Games in 1988, 1992, and 1996 and Alpine and Nordic ski racing events at five editions of the Winter Paralympic Games. To top of a remarkable athletic career, Cable's achievements include 84 first-place marathon finishes all over the world.

In 2006, Cable officially retired from competitive Paralympic sport. However, she continued to have an impact. In her role with the Open Doors Organization, she aids businesses to make sure all persons with disabilities have equitable consumer opportunities in the travel and tourism industries. Cable also works with United Nations Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF) as a consultant on inclusive education. She also hosts webinars, produces videos, and writes. In addition, for the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation, Cable attends the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities meetings.

With Cable's extensive knowledge and experience, LA 2024 will be able to deliver a lasting legacy of compassion, respect, inclusion, and opportunities for persons with disabilities in all aspects.

"As an Angeleno, I couldn't be more excited to join the team working to bring the Games back to a city that loves them. There's no place in the world that is home to more Olympians and Paralympians than Los Angeles, and that's no coincidence. Thanks to our gorgeous weather, world-class facilities, and a palpable love for sports wherever you go, I feel strongly that LA would be the perfect stage for the world's greatest sports celebration to take place in 2024. I look forward to connecting the bid with my broad perspective on diversity and inclusion, not just disability, but gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, race and socioeconomic status so that the inherent inclusive design and universal values sport truly embodies will ensure that the LA Games in 2024 would be the perfect experience for all athletes," expressed LA 2024 Vice Chair, Candace Cable.

LA 2024 Chairman, Casey Wasserman stated, "Candace's insights will be invaluable to LA 2024 as our bid progresses. Candace embodies LA 2024's guiding principles - she's a hard-working, hard-dreaming optimist at the cutting edge of her field. Candace is always imagining 'what's next' in terms of the adaptive sport movement, but also more broadly in terms of how to ensure equal opportunities for people with disabilities and how to make our world more accessible. Her achievements on and off the race course are an inspiration to us all. Candace's wealth of experience will surely bolster our efforts to provide the best possible Games for all athletes in 2024."

"I am honored to warmly welcome Candace to LA 2024 as Vice Chair of the Board, and I relish the opportunity to work with her. As such a visionary and widely respected voice in the Olympic and Paralympic community and beyond, I have no doubt that Candace's insights will take our bid to the next level. LA 2024 is putting together a new Games for a new era, and we're prepared to raise the bar and create the ultimate Olympic and Paralympic athlete experience. Candace is going to help us do just that," commented LA 2024 Director of Athlete Relations and Vice Chair, Janet Evans.

Los Angeles is running against Budapest, Paris and Rome to host the 2024 summer Games. The IOC will select their final city in September 2017 at the session in Lima, Peru.

** MARISSA FLANDERS is a graduate of Saint Leo University with a Bachelor's Degree in Sport Business. She has over four years of writing experience and has a real passion for ice hockey following the Pittsburgh Penguins on her blog

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