As the Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020 will be seeing unprecedented television coverage this year — with a record 1,200 hours and a primetime slot — more eyes will be on Paralympians than ever before.
And while some para sports are almost identical to their Olympic counterparts — take triathlon, for example — an athletes experience with the same sport can be very different.
So we asked Tokyo triathlon hopefuls Taylor Spivey and two-time Paralympian Chris Hammer to answer the same questions about their sport, ultimately revealing how many similarities there are versus differences.
Hammer, who was born with only one hand, qualified for London in 2012 in the 1,500-meters and the marathon, and competed in triathlon in Rio when the sport made its Paralympic debut. Having just missed the podium in 2016, the 35-year-old hopes to make his third Paralympic team later this month when he competes for a spot on the team.
Spivey, 30 — a fourth-place overall finisher in the 2019 ITU World Triathlon series — is looking to qualify for Tokyo in triathlon, which has been on the Olympic program since 2000.