Contact Us

Catching Up With U.S. Paralympian Omar Bermejo of Grand Rapids [Audio]

Omar Bermejo of the United States competes in the men’s biathlon 12.5 kilometer standing Wednesday at the Sochi Paralympic Winter Games at Laura Cross-Country Ski & Biathlon Center in Sochi, Russia. (Photo: Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

He believes he can overcome.  He believes in himself.

A 31-year old former Marine from Grand Rapids, Omar Bermejo, has gone through quite a bit in his young life. He graduated from Grand Rapids’ Union High School in 2000, spent nearly 10 years in the U.S. Marine Corps rising to the rank of sergeant, but, in a motorcycle accident the happened here at home in 2009, lost his right arm. 

Did that hold him back? Nearly. 

Bermejo went through a period of depression after the amputation, looking for a reason to stay motivated after four deployments to Iraq.

He found it just weeks after the amputation while at the Tucson Veterans Administration Medical Center.  He learned about rehab doing biathlon, a combination of cross-country skiing and shooting. Did that get him going?  You bet it did.

Omar was a guest on my radio show today as he talked with me from Sochi, Russia, while he competes in the 2014 Sochi Winter Paralympics.

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

Best of 100.5 The River

Recommended For You

Best of the Web

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing VIP profile. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to using your original account information.

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

(Forgot your password?)

Not a member? Sign up here

Please solve this simple math problem to prove that you are a real person.

Sign up for The River's Loyal Listeners Club quickly by connecting your Facebook account. It's just as secure and no password to remember!

Sign up to have exclusive The River's Loyal Listeners Club contests, events, coupons, presales, and much more delivered to you for FREE.