The True Grit of Jennifer Schuble
Jennifer Schuble dreamed of becoming a commissioned officer in the Army, but that all changed one day during a hand-to-hand combat class while she was attending West Point.
She suffered a traumatic brain injury that forced her to undergo extensive therapy at the Walter Reed hospital to learn how to live with her disability.
“They taught me a lot of time management skills and ways to remember and keep track of
things,” Schuble told the Brain Institute Society of Toronto.
Things went from bad to worse for Schuble when she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2004.
However, Schuble didn’t give up or hold any pity parties for herself. Instead, she discovered and then excelled in the sport of cycling.
“As my MS progressed, I found that my cycling was least affected,” she told PezCycling News. “It’s because my feet are clipped in and that reduces the spasticity problems. When we went to zero float clips my times improved dramatically.”
Her times improved so much that the Houston, Texas native became a force in cycling. She’s
competed in three Paralympics, winning five medals in the process.
“I get to represent the United States of America,” she said. “It’s a huge honor to be among a very few select individuals to compete for Team USA in the Paralympic games.”
The 43-year-old Schuble is focusing her attention on making the 2021 Paralympic games in Tokyo, spending six days a week devoted to her sport. The work comes after her job at a Mercedes-Benz plant in Alabama.
“I’m an engineering control specialist,” Schuble told the Brain Institute Society of Toronto. “If a detail on the car changes, I have to see that through from design to supplier to implementation on the factory floor.”
Despite her injuries and set-backs, Schuble has specialized in controlling what she can control and that’s helped her become an elite Paralympic athlete that is an inspiration to millions around the globe.