Amy Palmiero-Winters Wins AAU Sullivan Award

In an exclusive ceremony at the New York Athletic Club on April 14th, the Amateur Athletic Union honored A Step Ahead's Amy Palmiero-Winters (Below Knee) with its highest honor, the James E. Sullivan Award.
Presented annually for the past eighty years to the top amateur athlete in the country, the Sullivan Award is often called the "Oscar" of sports awards and has been given in the past to athletes including Michael Phelps, Michelle Kwan, Peyton Manning, Bruce Jenner, and a plethora of others.
Accepting the award at the New York Athletic Club, Palmiero-Winters became the first USATF athlete to win the Sullivan Award since Michael Johnson in 1996.
Amy was judged from among six finalists as the winner for her accomplishments in ultramarathoning as well as character, leadership, and her dedication to helping younger amputees build confidence and overcome their limitations by introducing them to sports.
Her 2009 achievements included beating all able-bodied male and female competitors in the 24-hour Arizona Road Racers 24-hour race (running 130.4 miles in the process) and being named to the USA 24-hour running team which will be competing at the world championships in Brive, France.
http://www.usatf.org/news/view.aspx?duid=USATF_2010_04_15_08_38_02

Just announced Semi-finalists for the 80th Anniversary of the AAU SULLIVAN AWARD

I was just notified that I have been nominated as a semi-finalist for the AAU Sullivan Award.  Just receiving a nomination for such a prestigious award is an honor within itself.
 

 The AAU Sullivan Award honors the outstanding amateur athlete in the USA. Presented annually since 1930, the Sullivan also is based on leadership, character, sportsmanship, the ideals of amateurism  while recognizing a wide range of athletes for their all around efforts.
 
Will you please vote and will you please pass this on?  
This link http://www.usatoday.com/sports/2009-sullivan-award.htm will take you to the USA Today site.
 
Once on the site look for the VOTE HERE: Click to cast a ballot. by clicking on this a screen will pop up where you can vote for an individual.
 
 
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Amy Palmiero-Winters to Compete in the Badwater 135 mile Ultramarathon

Amy Palmiero-Winters was recently selected to compete in the 2010 Badwater Ultramarathon. Amy will be the first female amputee to run in the Badwater Ultramarathon which is recognized globally as "the world's toughest foot race," this legendary event pits up to 90 of the world's toughest athletes—runners, triathletes, adventure racers, and mountaineers—against one another and the elements. Covering 135 miles (217km) traversing over 3 mountain passes this non-stop race from Death Valley to Mt. Whitney, CA has temperatures up to 130F (55c) and ground temperatures reaching close to 200 degrees, it is the most demanding and extreme running race offered anywhere on the planet. The race takes place from July 12-14 giving the athletes 60 hours to complete this ultimate test of endurance. For more details on the Badwater Ultramarathon go to  HYPERLINK "http://www.badwater.com/" \t "_blank" www.badwater.com

Amy Palmiero-Winters Wins ARR Run to the Future 24 hr race

and qualifies for the able bodied U.S. national team-2010 World 24-Hour Run Championships
By: Dan Brannen
In a stunning development to open the new year and new decade, a female below-the-knee amputee was the overall winner (among men and women) in the Run to the Future 24-Hour race in Glendale, Arizona on Dec 31-Jan 1, and appears to have qualified for the U.S. national team to the 2010 World 24-Hour Run Championship.
 
 
Amy Palmiero-Winters, 37, of Hicksville, N.Y., who runs with a custom-made prosthesis, entered the race with the intention of making the Open, able-bodied U.S. national team to the World 24-Hour, which will be held in France in May 2010. Her previous longest race was the Heartland 100 Mile in Cassoday, Kansas in October, in which she finished 8th overall and first female. For that achievement, she was named USA Track & Field's "Athlete of the Week" on October 21.

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