SacTown Talks

#20 - Christella Garcia, 2016 Paralympic Judo Bronze Medalist (USA)

Episode Summary

Christella Garcia is an American Judo player and a two time Paralympian, London 2012 and 2016 Rio Paralympic Games where she earned a bronze medal in Judo. We talk about her journey in Judo and the Paralympics, getting ready for competition, taking losses and enjoying victories

Episode Notes

Christella Garcia is an American Judo player and a two time Paralympian, London 2012 and 2016 Rio Paralympic Games where she earned a bronze medal in Judo. We talk about her journey in Judo and the Paralympics, getting ready for competition, taking losses and enjoying victories

***INTRO ***

1:30 - There are some people that think that blindness is the worst disability you can have, but I can tell everything your about to do.

6:00 - I knew I would be on that medal stand.

10:30 - Leading up to Rio, my life was work, train, eat repeat. Nothing else.

19:00 - I can’t face the people I let down when I lose.

25:00 - Hearing the crowd cheer for you. Can’t see them. Just in front of a roar.

34:00 - Meeting Obama.

41:30 - The politics of Judo.

53:30 - You can just call me blind. I can’t see shit!

58:00 - The coolest thing about being blind.