Former Richland woman wins 2 more Paralympic medals in Japan
Roxanne Trunnell will leave the 2020 Japan Paralympic Games with three medals, including two gold.
She became the first American to win a gold medal in the sport in 25 years.
The top-ranked rider who grew up in Richland won a second gold in her final event Monday in the year 1 individual free dressage test.
The day before, Trunnell, with her teammates Rebecca Hart of Erie, PA; and Kate Shoemaker of Wellington, Florida; won a bronze medal in the music team test at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.
It was the first medal for the US Paralympic dressage team.
And last week, Trunnell – on his horse, Dolton – won gold in the individual dressage event, year 1.
“I just wanted a good test. It was really good to ride with the music all the time. The experience (at Tokyo 2020) has been really enjoyable, ”she said in the statement.
“Everyone here is so happy and friendly, making everyone in the barn happy, it’s just fun,” she said.
And the 36-year-old already has the Los Angeles 2028 Paralympic Games in mind.
“The better we start doing, people know us and that makes people more aware. Competing in LA is part of my schedule, ”she said.
On Sunday, Trunnell had the best score among Team USA’s three contenders, scoring 80.321%. In total, the United States team scored 224.352 points in total.
His final score which won him gold on Monday was 86.927%.
She has competed in the games as the world’s top ranked para-dressage athlete, according to the FEI Individual Para-Dressage Rankings.
She also competed in the Paralympic Games in Brazil.
Trunnell grew up loving horses and made a name for herself in dressage competitions when she developed encephalitis, an inflammation of the brain.
It was later discovered that she had suffered a stroke after contracting the H1N1 virus in 2009, when she was 23 years old.
Trunnell was diagnosed with cerebellar ataxia, which impacted his fine motor skills.
Her family eventually moved from Washington to Texas, where she continued her therapy and rode and worked with a trainer to fulfill her childhood dream of making it to the Olympics.
Jeff Morrow is the former sports editor of the Tri-City Herald.