If you ever wanted a fly on a wall during a professional athlete's training session, go to Instagram. In honor of International Women's Day, Paralympic athletes are taking over various Instagram accounts associated with the Paralympics. The athletes share videos about the day in their lives and consider how important it is to encourage women to do sports. The International Paralympic Committee website provides a complete overview of which athletes participate in which accounts. However, there is a taste of what the athletes are releasing. (See also: This woman won a gold medal at the Paralympics after being in a vegetative state.)
Lisa Bunschoten, @parasnowboard
Today was a race day for Lisa Bunschoten, a Dutch Paralympic snowboarder who won silver Has. She made her takeover of the La Molina World Cup. Before she reached the track, she massaged her legs with an apparent Hyperice Hypervolt and headed for the training run. Bunschoten ended today with a second reason to celebrate and drove today with 55.50 the first place in their race.
Due to her Instagram account, Bunschoten, when not on the slopes, is constantly busy with bouldering and surfing mountain biking in addition to hard workouts at the gym. (See also: Katrina Gerhard tells us what it's like to train for marathons in a wheelchair)
Scout Bassett, @Paralympics
Scout Bassett's International Scout Includes The SXSW The American Long Jump Bronze Medalist shared her morning coffee and a chatty meal of ribs and French fries, speaking tonight at a podium hosted by the prosthetics firm Ottobock on the debate about whether technology gives disabled athletes an unfair advantage or disadvantage (Psst: Check Bassett in Nike's last campaign, if you have not already done so.)
Photo: @ paraswimming / Instagram
Keane also took a look at her life Outside the gym: She refueled with fruit yoghurt and orange juice and put on a stencil before taking a nap. Balance.