Paralympic pioneer dies


Thomas Randall "Randy" Snow, a wheelchair athlete and a pioneer of the Paralympic Games, died last month of a heart attack in El Salvador, where he was giving a wheelchair-tennis clinic. Snow's father, Tom Snow, told the Dallas News that in 1984 his son took part in a wheelchair race at the Olympic Games in Los Angeles that set the stage for the Paralympic Games.

He really got the Paralympic Games started," he said. "That's when it really started, as a result of that race he was in."

Snow also owned his own motivational company, NO XQs, and worked for Sunrise Medical for 20 years.

Click here to ready Snow's full obituary, including how he overcame drug and alcohol addiction to become an inspiration to other wheelchair athletes.

All over the world, I've seen guys in wheelchairs with Randy's name on the back of them," Tom Snow told the Dallas News.

Liz Beaulieu