After a fifth-place finish in the 2008 Beijing Paralympics, Grovetown’s Scott Winkler had high hopes entering the 2012 London Paralympic Games.
His visions of bringing home the gold did not pan out.
With 19 total shotputters in the F54/55/56 category, each competitor had his turn – comprised of three throws – with the top eight advancing to the final round.
Winkler’s turn came early and the further the competition advanced, the further Winkler slipped down the standings, finally landing in 13th place and missing out on the medal round.
“It was just a bad day, an off day,” said Winkler on the phone from London.
While saying he didn’t feel that great, he still was thinking of those who helped get him to where he was and to those he wanted to inspire.
“I just didn’t want to let anybody down,” he said.
He took some solace in the fact that his friend Scott Severn, who he helped coach in the weight room, took bronze in the shot put in another category. He also realized he has had an opportunity not many enjoy – taking part in international competition with some of the world’s finest, and most determined, athletes.
“It was fun having been there and done that twice now,” he said.