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Oswego Cyclist Heading to Rio for Paralympic Games

Jul 11, 2016 07:57AM ● Published by Steven Jack

Joe Berenyi is pictured here with his family.

Oswego's very own Olympic Gold medal winner Joe Berenyi will return to the Olympic games in Rio later this year. 

Team USA announced July 3 that the Paralympic cyclist has qualified for the Rio games, which take place from Sept. 7-18. Berenyi returns to Olympic action after winning Gold, Silver and Bronze medals at the 2012 London Paralympic Games.

"Rio will be the culmination of four years of hard work, and I am looking to bring back another Gold," Berenyi said. 

It will be a busy next few months for Berenyi, as he has been nominated once again for an ESPN ESPY award for Best Male Athlete with a Disability. This is his second ESPY award nomination.

The ESPYs are annual awards given by the sports network ESPN for achievements in individual and team sports. This year's ceremony is scheduled for Wednesday, July 13.

In part, the ESPYs are awarded through online fan balloting, and you can vote for Berenyi once per day by clicking here. Voting ends at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

In addition to two straight Wold Titles, Berenyi was honored in December with the United States Olympic Committee Male Paralympian of the Year award. 

Berenyi became a paralympic athlete after losing his right arm and left knee cap in a construction accident.

 

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