Christina Schwab is one of the top winning women athletes with Team USA. Christina is a three-time paralympian in the sport of wheelchair basketball with a gold medal at the 2004 Athens Paralympic Games, 2006 Silver Metal at the IWBF Gold Cup (Wheelchair Basketball World Championships and Gold at the 2008 Beijing Paralympic Games. At the 2008 Paralympic Games, Christina delivered a great performance, averaging 17 points and 4.5 rebounds in the final two games that lead the U.S. to the top of the podium. Beyond the Paralympics she has won gold medals as a member of the USA Women’s Wheelchair Basketball Team and has won the Boston Marathon.
After helping the U.S. team to a silver medal at the 2006 world championships, Schwab changed her athletic focus to try her capability at wheelchair racing. The result was a bronze medal for the 1500 meter in the 2006 wheelchair racing championships. Though she was successful and had a strong chance to get on the Paralympic track team Christina missed basketball and returned to the court in 2008 and to help Team USA win gold at Beijing.
But since 2008, things have been different. She returned again to wheelchair racing finding that the years of playing pro basketball contributed to her ability of speed and endurance on the track. She finished top 5 in this year’s Boston Marathon with a time of 1:54:41. Locally in Colorado, she won Bolder Boulder 10K with a time of 27:49. Now, at 31, she is fully qualified for on the 2012 Elite U.S Paralympic Track and Field team and will be competing in the 2012 London Games.
Christina’s pro sports life began with basketball at the University of Illinois where she graduated with a degree in community health in 2005. Shortly after, she moved to Colorado where she helped form the women’s wheelchair basketball team, the Denver Rolling Nuggets. Christina lives in Lakewood and was recently married to her husband, CJ (her maiden name is Ripp, which is reference in previous news articles). When not training for races or playing basketball, she enjoys coaching and reading.
- 2010: Gold medal – IWBF Gold Cup, Birmingham, England
- 2008: Gold medal, U.S. Paralympic Women’s Wheelchair Basketball Team – Paralympic Games, Beijing, China
- 2008: First place, North American Cup – Birmingham, Ala.
- 2008: First place, Joseph F. Lyttle World Basketball Challenge, Warm Springs, Ga.
- 2006: Silver medal, IWBF Gold Cup (Wheelchair Basketball World Championships) – Amsterdam, The Netherlands
- 2006: Fifth place (400m) 7th place (800m) bronze medal (1500m) – IPC World Championships, Assen, Holland
- 2004: Gold medal – Paralympic Games, Athens, Greece (Wheelchair Basketball)
- 2003: First place, Boston Marathon (Wheelchair Division), Boston, Mass.
- 2002 – 2004: National champions, University of Illinois Women’s Wheelchair Basketball Team