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Lacey Henderson: From Paralympian to Podcaster


Lacey Henderson knows about overcoming obstacles. The Paralympian-turned-podcaster lost part of her right leg at just 9 years old to a rare and deadly form of soft-tissue cancer.

But she didn’t let that stop her.

Backed by a supportive family and naturally driven, Lacey landed a cheerleading scholarship at the University of Denver and went on to set athletic records—she’s the world record holder in the pole vault and the American record holder in the long jump. She kicked butt at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro and is currently training for the 2020 Paralympic Games to be held (fingers crossed) in Tokyo.

Beyond her world-class athletic prowess, Lacey shines in front of the camera. She’s done a TED Talk, appeared in commercials, and worked as a motivational speaker.

Lacey has told her story—a lot—and inspired many. In 2019 she decided it was time to shine the spotlight on others and hear their stories. In her uplifting podcast and video series, Picked Last in Gym Class, Lacey uncovers how folks with disabilities overcome adversity and achieve their goals.

She chats with influencers, entrepreneurs, athletes, activists, and others about powering through life’s challenges and finding humor in everyday moments. Her goal is to give listeners a more honest understanding of people with disabilities and highlight stories we can all relate to.

But she’s adamant it’s not a “disability” podcast. Picked Last, she says, is really about what it means to be human.

Check out episodes from Picked Last in Gym Class and be inspired.

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