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UNI’s Heims looks to 2021 games after Tokyo Paralympics postponed

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Jessica Heims

SWISHER (KWWL) -- "I've been dealing with adaptation for a while, so what's sport without a challenge?"

Jessica Heims has been meeting challenges her entire life. The discus thrower with a prosthetic lower leg was looking at another big challenge with the Tokyo Paralympic games just a few short months away. Now, the wait will be a bit longer after the International Olympic Committee postponed the games to 2021.

"It's kind of heartbreaking because it's something we had all been looking forward to," said Heims, "but we're grateful they came to this conclusion."

Heims owns a world record in her paralympic discus division and won a gold medal in the Parapan Games in Peru last year. This year has been a bit more difficult as she also lost her junior track season at UNI due to the current outbreak.

"It's been very sad," she said, "I'm mostly heartbroken for my teammates who were seniors who didn't have a proper goodbye to the sport that they've been doing for so many years now."

The biggest thing now for Heims is that the goal of competing in Tokyo is still out there, even if it's a bit delayed.

"It's going to be different," she admits, "It's going to be a change obviously, but the whole world is going through this together. We're grateful to have the opportunity to compete even if it is a year later."

Mark Woodley

Sports Anchor

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