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Megan Blunk
Personal information
Nationality  United States
Born (1989-09-12) September 12, 1989 (age 33)
Tacoma, Washington
Education 2010, Tacoma Community College
B.A., M.A., University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign
Height 5 feet 3 inches (1.60 m)
Weight 115lbs (52kg)
Medal record
Summer Paralympics
Wheelchair basketball
Gold 2016 Summer Paralympics Women's wheelchair basketball

Megan Blunk (born September 12, 1989) is an American wheelchair basketball player for the United States women's national wheelchair basketball team. She won a gold medal for Team USA during the 2016 Summer Paralympics.

Early life

Blunk was born September 12, 1989, in Tacoma, Washington to parents Wendy Ricketts and David Blunk. After graduating from Peninsula High School in 2008, Blunk became paralyzed from the waist down due a motorcycle crash. ..... Despite this, Blunk accepted a placement at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign's women's wheelchair basketball team. It was during summer break from the University of Illinois that Blunk began para-canoeing at the Gig Harbor Canoe and Kayak Club.

Career

In 2013, she competed with Team USA at the ParaCanoe World Championships, where she won two silver medals However, after qualifying for the final roster with the 2015 United States women's national wheelchair basketball team, she competed in the 2015 Parapan American Games, and later tried out for the United States para-canoe trials. With Team USA, Blunk helped take home a gold medal under coach Stephanie Wheeler.

Deciding to stick with basketball, Blunk helped Team USA win a gold medal at the 2016 Summer Paralympics by beating Germany 62–45 in the medal finals. In 2018, Blunk participated in former National Football League player Colin Kaepernick's viral Nike commercial.

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