The Olympics in Rio are still three years away. But hopefuls are already working hard for a spot in 2016. A Paralympic tandem cyclist from Radisson will be training for a week at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado. YNN's Iris St. Meran sat down with her and shares how this 27-year-old continues to defy the odds.
RADISSON, N.Y. -- A degenerative eye disease took Erin Scala's vision from her, but that hasn't stopped the 27-year-old from keeping her eyes on the prize.
Scala said, "I've always been one to have set goals for the future. Big or small, just to work towards them, whether it's a 5K run or a hundred mile bike ride, whatever it is. This is one of the biggest, if not the biggest goal I've ever had."
That big goal is to have a spot as a tandem cyclist in the 2016 Paralympics in Rio.
She's been working toward this for some time, but will travel to the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs for a week to train some more and take part in classes.
If she does well there, she could get the attention of Olympic Coaches. The pressure is on, but that's not a problem.
"Everyone's like are you nervous and I am a little bit, but just because of the unknown. I don't really know what to expect. I'm more excited than anything,” Scala added, “I'm just going to give it my best, See what happens, meet people, and get my foot in the door."
Her hunger to always do better and her inability to sit still, has gotten her through many doors. She's already done a number of foot and bike races and even took on the ropes course up high at Destiny. These are challenges most of us couldn't picture ourselves doing, but Scala says we should.
"If you can see or can't see or if you have a hearing problem or you're in a wheelchair, anything, there's nothing you can't do. You might have to go about it a little differently,” Scala explained, “I have to use a two person bike instead of hopping on a bike by myself, but if you set your mind to it you can do anything you want to. The sky is the limit."
And for people like Scala her accomplishments likely won't end there.