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Cheri Madsen

Athletics
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Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
T54

Further personal information

Family
Husband Eric Madsen, daughters Reese and Malayna
Other names
Cheri Becerra
Occupation
Coach
Languages
English

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up the sport in 1994 at a regional competition in Kansas, United States of America.
Why this sport?
A teacher from school introduced her to wheelchair racing.

International debut

Year
1996
Competing for
United States
Tournament
Paralympic Games
Location
Atlanta, GA, USA

General interest

Memorable sporting achievement
Setting three world records, winning two gold medals and one silver at the 2000 Paralympic Games in Sydney, and claiming silver at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (Athlete, 28 Sep 2017)
Most influential person in career
Her family. (Athlete, 28 Sep 2017)
Hero / Idol
US wheelchair racer Jean Driscoll. (Athlete, 28 Sep 2017)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Champions are made during the off-season." (Athlete, 28 Sep 2017)
Ambitions
To win her third Paralympic gold medal at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (dailycamera.com, 27 May 2019)
Impairment
She has paraplegia as a result of the effects of a virus she contracted at age three. (Athlete, 28 Sep 2017; journalstar.com, 02 May 2013)
Other information
RETIREMENT AND RETURN
She retired from athletics following her appearance at the 2000 Paralympic Games in Sydney. However, she returned to the sport competitively in 2013. "I was only 24 when I stopped because I wanted to have a family. I was always kind of hoping to get back into it. My younger brother and father were killed in a train accident. When I started racing my little brother was [age] three and he travelled everywhere with me. He was always wanting me to get back into racing. He was a big motivation for me to get back into it." (Athlete, 28 Sep 2017; journalstar.com, 01 Jul 2013)

DOCUMENTARY APPEARANCE
She featured in a documentary called 'The Cheri Becerra Story: God Made Her for this Sport' in which film crews followed her ahead of the 1996 Paralympic Games. (teamusa.org, 11 Aug 2015)

Results

Unit Date Rank
IPC Athletics World Championships (Lyon, France)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 200 m T54 Semifinal 1 2013-07-20 2
Women's 200 m T54 Final 1 2013-07-21 3
Women's 800 m T54 Semifinal 1 2013-07-22 9
Women's 400 m T54 Semifinal 1 2013-07-26 5
Women's 400 m T54 Final 1 2013-07-27 3
IPC Athletics 2015 World Championships (Doha, Qatar)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 200 m T54 Heat 2 2015-10-22 2
Women's 200 m T54 Final 1 2015-10-22 2
Women's 100 m T54 Heat 2 2015-10-23 5
Women's 100 m T54 Final 1 2015-10-24 5
Women's 800 m T54 Heat 2 2015-10-25 11
Women's 400 m T54 Final 1 2015-10-27 4
Women's 400 m T54 Heat 2 2015-10-27 7
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 100 m T54 Heat 2 2016-09-08 2
Women's 100 m T54 Final Round 2016-09-09 5
Women's 400 m T54 Final Round 2016-09-11 2
Women's 400 m T54 Heat 1 2016-09-11 1
Women's 4x400 m T53/54 Final Round 2016-09-15 9999
World Para Athletics Championships London 2017 (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 200 m T54 Final 1 2017-07-15 2
Women's 400 m T54 Heat 1 2017-07-16 2
Women's 400 m T54 Final 1 2017-07-17 3
Women's 100 m T54 Final 1 2017-07-23 2