Paratriathlete Makes History, Not Excuses

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Connecticut woman who lost the use of her right arm after a cycling accident is honored as a paratriathlete.

When faced with an unexpected challenge, many people might take pity on themselves and give up. Ridgefield resident Robin Caruso is not one of those people.

Four years ago, Caruso, who has been a triathlete since 2005, was riding her bicycle in Wilton when a delivery van cut in front of her.

She was badly injured and suffers from a permanent injury called traumatic brachial plexus. She lives with constant pain and has lost the use of her right arm and hand.

Yet, within a short period of time, she went right back to competing — only this time as a paratriathlete, which is a disabled athlete.

Caruso recently received honorable mention for the Women’s USA Paratriathlon Athlete of the Year.

This is the second year in a row that she received the honor.

“Robin had a great year the year before and an even greater year this year,” said Jon Beeson, co-chair of the USA Paratriathlon Committee.

“We nominated only three men and three women amongst all of the 150 active paratriathlete participants in the U.S.,” he explained.

Caruso was first featured in The News-Times in May 2008 after she organized a bicycle safety campaign called “Share the Road Ridgefield.”

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