‘Goodbyes Are Hard’: Decorated US Paralympian Announces Retirement at Beijing Paralympics 2022

Published 03/10/2022, 10:12 AM EST
Beijing 2022 Winter Paralympic Games – Para Alpine Skiing – Men’s Super Combined Standing – National Alpine Skiing Centre, Yanqing district, Beijing, China – March 7, 2022. Tyler Carter of the United States reacts after his run. REUTERS/Aly Song

The Beijing Paralympics 2022 will end in three days. However, before the curtain draws on the 2022 Winter Paralympics, American Paralympian Tyler Carter’s career has come to an end.

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A three-time Paralympian, Carter finished his career in a storybook style today. Not only did he begin his Paralympian career with the slalom at the 2014 Paralympics, but he chose the same event to finish it.

Carter then took to Twitter to share how he felt about retirement and calling an end to a decorated Paralympic career.

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Tyler Carter got emotional after a final stint at the Beijing Paralympics 2022

Ahead of his slalom standing event at the Beijing Paralympics 2022 yesterday, Tyler TC Carter had shared quite an emotional post on Twitter. He had been looking forward to his final Paralympic start.

Moreover, he also shared how his Paralympic journey began with the same event. Thus, he felt that it was “fitting to end with this event”. In fact, he stated that despite competing at the Paralympics for the last time, he would “be smiling all day”.

Now, with the Beijing Paralympics 2022 finished for Carter, he shared how it had been a “really emotional day” for him. Nevertheless, he kept a grin plastered on his face. “Goodbyes are hard but still smiling,” he wrote on Twitter.

The public motivational speaker, also known as the one-legged Captain America, took flight on the slopes one last time today. Of course, the emotional toll of his goodbye to the Paralympics did catch up to Carter.

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After his final skiing run, he did have an emotional, powerful moment where he wiped tears off of his face. However, the next moment, Tyler TC Carter was smiling again, using his grin to spread more joy across the icy slopes in Beijing.

Carter was the official Team USA flag-bearer

Becoming a Paralympian or Olympian is a great honor for an athlete. After all, they get to represent their nation on the biggest sporting stage in the world. In fact, it is even more of an honor to be the flag-bearer for your nation.

Beijing 2022 Winter Paralympic Games – Para Alpine Skiing – Men’s Giant Slalom Standing – Run 2 – National Alpine Skiing Centre, Yanqing district, Beijing, China – March 10, 2022. Tyler Carter of the United States in action. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes

It was Tyler Carter, along with fellow alpine skier Danelle Umstead, who were the official flag bearers for Team USA this year. In fact, Carter admitted to having cried when he found out that Team USA had chosen him for the honor.

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Moreover, he had also expressed how he was “beyond honored and speechless”. “I don’t even know if I can articulate how much this means to me,” Carter had said, ahead of his final Paralympics.

Now, having hung up his gloves as a Paralympian, Tyler Carter will continue inspiring millions across the world.

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Samarveer Singh is a tennis writer at EssentiallySports. Holding a degree in English Literature and a diploma in Fitness Sciences and Training, Samarveer is obsessed with tennis and basketball. He is also an automotive writer at HotCars.

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