Aug 31, 2021 - Sports

U.S. Army vet Shawn Morelli rides to gold at Tokyo Paralympics

Shawn Morelli of Team USA competes in the track cycling Women's C4 Individual Pursuit final race on day 1 of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games at Izu Velodrome on August 25, 2021 in Izu, Japan.

Team USA's Shawn Morelli at the Izu Velodrome in Izu, Japan, on Aug. 25. Photo: Kiyoshi Ota/Getty Images

U.S. Army veteran Shawn Morelli added to her Tokyo Paralympic Games medal count, when the defending champion won the women's cycling time trial C4 on Tuesday morning Japan time.

The big picture: Morelli won Team USA's first medal of the Tokyo Paralympics, with her silver medal performance in the women's C4 3000-meter individual pursuit last week. Morelli took up cycling three years after she lost her sight in her left eye in a 2007 Afghanistan bomb blast, which also left her with neck and nerve damage.

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