Disaster invaded Candace Cable’s life in 1975 when she suffered a spinal cord injury in an automobile accident. At the age of 21, she would never walk again. However, out of this tragic circumstance emerged a woman with the character and will to become one of today’s most successful world athletes.
Candace Cable has been ranked number one nationally in wheelchair racing competition from 1984 to 1990. Furthermore, internationally, she has won 75 marathons, including six Boston Marathons (1981, ’82, ’85, ’86, ’87, & ’88) and has set world records in every distance throughout her 21-year career.
Winning two Olympic medals in three Summer Olympic Games, Candace participated in the only exhibition event for the disabled. Additionally, she has won nine Gold medals in five Summer Paralympic Games.
Since 1990, Candace has been competing on the United States Disabled Ski Team, winning three Paralympic medals on the Alpine team. In 1994, she switched to the Cross Country Team, and is currently on the “A” team.
Showing “limitation” as a state of mind, Candace has spoken all over the country about the celebration human spirit strength. Using examples from her own life, she demonstrates how both able-bodied and disabled individuals face similar struggles to realize their fullest potential. She focuses on: re-evaluating our lives constantly, not setting limits on ourselves, keeping a sense of humor, staying physically fit to be mentally fit, and taking complete responsibility for our lives. From dispelling the myth that if you have a physical disability you cannot be a whole person, to finding solutions to life’s problems through creativity and imagination, Candace can help you see “disability” is only a word.
Candace’s workshops and presentations can help educators and students understand people with physical disabilities. Allowing the disabled to live the fullest life possible, they will learn how to more effectively work with the disabled to help them achieve independence, expand their abilities, and develop strong self-esteem. Accessibility in the classrooms, playgrounds and throughout the facility is an important aspect for all and she can further assess the feasibility of solutions.
5 QUESTIONS WITH PARALYMPIAN CANDACE CABLE
Q. What is your best exercise advice?
A. Pick something you like to do. If you don’t like to do it, you won’t do it.
Q. What is your fitness regimen like today?
A. Because I am not competing anymore my fitness regime has been toned down. I do a little bit of aerobic exercise a few days a week. I have weights that I use for overall balance and strength. I do a lot of stretching. I meditate. And I am also beginning to learn yoga.
Q. How has being physically active and eating properly helped you achieve success in life?
A. I would have to say that my athletic career helped me understand the importance of having some activity in my life, and it helped me learn how to set goals and how to hone in on my determination. Sometimes my determination was really scattered or I just couldn’t get it done and I didn’t know how. But as time went on it helped me hone in on the steps I needed to take to get there and I think that’s been super valuable in my life.
Q. Exercise can be boring, so how do you make it fun?
A. I actually like to exercise on stationary equipment. I am like a lab rat or one of those little hamsters on a wheel. I really enjoy it and I can play mental games with myself, entertain myself with music or just go off in a story.
Q. What foods do you most enjoy, and which ones do you avoid?
A. Right now I am eating hummus and carrots and celery with crackers every day. I really love those things. I love salad, but I don’t like making it so I usually buy pre-made things. And I try to avoid fried things; they just don’t sit well in my stomach.