Krista Fagala is looking for inspiration in all she does in life.

So perhaps it is appropriate that the 22-year-old University of Central Oklahoma senior would become involved with the Paralympics, the world-wide celebrated event similar to the Olympics for those who have physical disabilities such as lost limbs, blindness, paralysis or a host of other physical disabilities.

This year, the Paralympics will be held for three weeks in September in Beijing, China and Fagala, who is a health and physical education major, will be there as an assistant trainer. It will be the second world-wide running of the event.

“UCO hosts one of two of the national sites for the Paralympics here in the U.S.,” she said. “Since we are the host for the Paralympics here, the Kinesiology Department decided they would send someone to train for two and a half months in Colorado Springs at the training center and go to the Paralympics event in China this fall.”

Fagala was born in Mooreland to Jerry and Tami Fagala in 1986 and she has three siblings, Josh, Alisha and Tyler.

She was chosen for the role after she had participated in several screenings through UCO, by the United States Olympic Committee.

Wednesday found Fagala spending the afternoon with her grandmother, Patti Smith of Woodward, for a day of pampering at the Woodward Beauty College before she begins her training in Colorado Springs, Colo., next week, to be part of the training staff with the Olympic Committee.

“ I will be a part of the Growth and Development Outreach Program while I am in Colorado Springs,” she said.

She will spend her next two months learning how to assist and coach people with every kind of physical disability to perform many different sporting events.

“These are people who have blindness, lost legs or arms,” she said. “Many people confuse the Paralympics with the Special Olympics. In the Paralympics, people have physical disability and with Special Olympics they have cognitive disability.”

Traveling all the way to Beijing is hardly something the former nursing major would have thought she’s have been doing the summer of 2008 when she began college nearly four years ago.

“My mom was a nurse and so that is why I got into it,” she said. “But I decided that I would rather work with people in this way more than being in a hospital.”

Fagala said she looks forward to the totally new experience that she has been granted because those who overcome adversity inspire her.

“Some of these people have really had to overcome things, they’ve lost a leg or something and sometimes their times are as good as the Olympians.”

Enter inspiration, stage left.

That kind of inspiration would mean something to a young woman who is facing a serious spinal surgery in October as soon as she returns from China.

Fagala has a condition called Kyphosis a genetic malformation of three of her spinal segments that has to be straightened and corrected by pushing a rod through them and attaching all three.

The condition creates a difficulty with breathing in her case.

The surgery carries some risk of paralysis, she said.

“I guess when I see these people, it lets me know that whatever happens after my surgery, that there is still something out there, that if the worst happens, everything will still work out for me.”

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