In 1975, Candace Cable was involved in a tragic automobile accident. Rather than give in to a lesser quality lifestyle, this woman was determined to make the commitment to turn her life around. With support from family, friends, and professionals she emerged as one of the world’s most successful athletes in the Paralympic Movement.
Candace embraced the three sports of Wheelchair Racing, Alpine, and NordicSki Racing. Between 1980 and 2006, she won 12 Paralympic medals and in 1992, she became the first American woman to medal in the Winter and Summer Paralympic Games during the same year. In 2004, Candace became the first American woman to win an Over-All World Cup Title in Cross Country skiing.
She was a pioneer of the sport of wheelchair racing and won national and international titles in all track and road distances as well as 84 marathons, including 6 Boston Marathons. Candace earned Olympic bronze medals in the 1984 and 1988 Summer Olympic games exhibition wheelchair track events. These races created unparalleled disability awareness of the truth that when people are given the opportunity to adapt and advance, they will excel.
In 2006 Candace retired from elite sports competition to pursue a second career in understanding disability conditions and in consulting about gaining access globally for everyone. She is a writer, webcast host, video producer and Human Rights representative to the United Nations for the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation and a trainer with Open Doors Organization since 2010. She shares messages of advocacy, sports diplomacy and the understanding of disability with the US Embassy as a member of U.S. State Department Speaker and Specialist Program.
She is a member of UNICEF’s inclusive education task force, the USOC Athlete Advisory Council, Virgin America’s Advisory Board. Candace is on the board of the United States International Council on Disability and is Vice Chair of the LA2024 board bid commission to bring the Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games to Los Angeles in 2024.
Contending that “limitation” is a state of mind and a function of our environments, Candace has spoken all over the world about the strength of our human spirit and it’s ability to find solutions to life’s problems through creativity, willingness, and collaboration. Can-dace dispels the myth that if you have a disability, you cannot be a whole person by reminding everyone that “disability” is a part of the human condition that we will all experience as long as we continue living.