U.S. Olympians McKenzie Coan and Maggie Steffens will lead a 30-minute webinar titled, “Heroes 2 Heroes,” about resilience in the face of the pandemic for the GW health care community on Wednesday, April 15, at 12:30 p.m. The athletes will share how they are adapting to the decision to postpone the Tokyo Olympic Games until July 2021, as well as lessons they each have learned about perseverance and the power of teamwork.
Coan, a two-time U.S. Paralympian in swimming, was born with osteogenesis imperfecta. Her parents were told she would never be able to do physical activity greater than “light aqua therapy.” Today, Coan is the world record holder in the 800- and 1500-meter freestyles, and she was a favorite to medal in five events in Tokyo.
Steffens is a two-time U.S. Olympian and captain of the U.S. Women’s National Water Polo Team. She earned MVP honors at both the 2012 and 2016 Olympics. Steffens is widely regarded as one of the most accomplished athletes in women’s sports history.
There will be an opportunity for a brief Q&A, with questions submitted through the webinar chat box.