“You Gave Us Great Courage”- USA Gold Medallist Handed Heartwarming Note by Japanese Local At Tokyo Paralympics 2020

Published 08/31/2021, 1:19 PM EDT


Paralympic gold medalist, Same Grewe recently shared a heart-warming anecdote from his experience in Japan. The 23-year old won the gold in high jump at the Paralympics.

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The American Paralympic high jumper is also pursuing Pre-Med with the hopes of taking up medicine in the near future. Oozing with talent, the 23-year old is not only an internationally recognized professional athlete but also an amazing student. He will be joining the University of Michigan in the fall of this year.

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Past feats of the gold medalist – Sam Grewe

In the year 2015, Grewe won his first-ever medal. He was only 17 years old when he claimed the T42 world title. Surprisingly, he was not seeking training under the guidance of any professional coach. Regardless, his performances showed otherwise. Even though his personal best was 1.61 meters, he managed to cross the bar at 1.81 in order to create his new personal best.

Moving forward in his professional career, he decided to compete at the Summer Games in Rio in the year 2016. The American emerged victorious with a silver medal while competing against the gold medalist from India, Mariyappan Thangavelu.

In 2017 he made a great comeback by breaking his previous personal best and created a new record of 1.93m. Right after this, he managed to defend his world title in London. Considering his improvement over the course of time, he has the potential to break Arnold Boldt’s world record of 1.96m which he made in the year 1980.

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The gold medalist gets the sweetest souvenir from Japan

After attaining the topmost position on the podium for the T42 high jump, the American was provided with a heartwarming note by one of the locals in Japan. After reading the note, the 23-year-old expressed his feeling via a tweet. He said, “A local Japanese man just handed me this note shortly after I arrived at the track to compete. Win or lose, this is what it’s all about. This makes it all worth it.

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The young American has one quote that he ardently follows, which states-“The only thing to fear is fear itself.” Having such an inspirational demeanor, he definitely seems to have a long way to go and climb further up on the ladder of accomplishments and glory.

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Divya Chaturvedi

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Divya Chaturvedi is an Olympic Athletics author at EssentiallySports, currently pursuing her Under Graduate degree in Psychology from the University of Delhi. She's also an internationally recognized athlete, specializing in Shot Put and Discus, representing India at the International Children's Games held in Australia has been one of the biggest feats in her endeavor so far. Having participated in The Road to Wimbledon and representing the state several times, she bagged a number of titles for the same.

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