COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — The United States Association of Blind Athletes announced today the six athletes nominated for the 2012 U.S. Paralympic Women’s Goalball Team. Pending approval from the United States Olympic Committee, the team will compete at the London 2012 Paralympic Games, Aug. 29-Sept. 9.
Nomated to the team are:
- Jen Armbruster (Portland, Ore.) – Making her sixth Paralympic Games appearance, Armbruster is looking to add a second gold medal to her collection that also includes silver and bronze Paralympic medals. The total package of strategic thinking on the court, rock-solid offense and defense and the consummate competitor, Armbruster is absolutely in it to win it.
- Lisa Czechowski (Tucson, Ariz.) – On her fourth Paralympic Games appearance, Czechowski is a game changer anytime and anywhere she is on the court. Possessing superb defense skills as a center and a potent offense, Czechowski has what it takes to help her team rise to the top of the medal stand in 2012. In addition to previous gold and silver medals in goalball, Czechowski left her mark on the Paralympic Games as a Track and Field medalist.
- Amanda Dennis (Peachtree City, Ga.) – A first time nominee to the U.S. Paralympic Team, Dennis is strong and determined to win. She was a key contributor to her team’s gold medal performance at the 2011 Parapan American Games, and will no doubt be a catalyst for wins at this year’s Paralympic Games.
- Asya Miller (Portland, Ore.) – A veteran of three prior Paralympic Games and no stranger to the top of the medal stand, Miller has a crushing offense and that will pay Team USA huge dividends as they march their way towards a second Paralympic Games championship. A versatile athlete, Miller also achieved Paralympic success as a track and field athlete. She also holds world records as a powerlifter.
- Robin Theryoung (Colorado Springs, Colo.) – Also making her fourth Paralympic Games appearance, Theryoung brings a brings a blend of experience, offensive and defensive talent, plus the motivation to win that assures Team USA the ability to excel in the most challenging game situations. Theryoung is determined to add a second Gold medal to her collection of Paralympic medals.
- Jordan Walters (Boulder, Colo.) – Although new to the Paralympic Team, Walters played an instrumental role during the 2010 World Goalball Championships that helped this team earn one of the earliest 2012 Paralympic Games qualification berths for Team USA.
Rounding out the team is a seasoned staff that includes returning Head Coach Ken Armbruster (Colorado Springs, Colo.), Assistant Coach Jake Czechowski (Tucson, Ariz.), Team Leader Sharon Gunderman (Dubois, Pa.) and Athletic Trainer Dawn Gulick (Pottstown, Pa.).
Team USA won the gold medal at the 2008 Paralympic Games and 2011 Parapan American Games.