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Beatriz Hatz finished the busy part of her summer in a foreign land. The Westminster resident was among the athletes who participated in the Paralympic Games in Tokyo. She took sixth in the …
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Beatriz Hatz finished the busy part of her summer in a foreign land.
The Westminster resident was among the athletes who participated in the Paralympic Games in Tokyo. She took sixth in the 100-meter dash, sixth in the 200-meters and fifth in the long jump.
“I definitely would’ve loved to have been on that podium,” she said. “But at the same time, these are my first games, and I can’t be too disappointed in my results.”
Thanks to COVID-19 and its restrictions, Hatz and the other athletes were not able to support other USA teams – “just our own.”
“We were not able to leave the village so we didn’t get to experience Japan as much as we would like,” Hatz said. “But the volunteers really made the experience amazing. We weren’t able to leave the village other than to go to the stadium.”
Hatz didn’t hang out with other athletes from other countries either.
“I did not want to risk getting COVID during competition,” she said. “I stayed with my friends from the track and field team for USA.”
Hatz graduated from D’Evelyn Junior/Senior High School in 2019. She was born without a fibula in her right leg. Doctors amputated the leg below the knee. Her training is underway for the next Paralympics.
“Thank you to everyone in Japan who made my first Paralympic experience one to remember,” Hatz said. “I’ve got some work to do, but it shows me where I stand in the world.
“And I’ve got three years till the next games.”
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