Barbara Buchan

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Barbara Buchan
Personal information
Born1955/1956 (age 63–64)[1]
EducationBoise State University ('78)

Barbara Buchan (born 1956)[1] is an American cyclist who won two gold medals at the 2008 Summer Paralympics in Beijing, China.[2]

Buchan originally was a track and field competitor. She was also considered a top U.S. cyclist until a road race accident in 1982 shattered her skull, placing her into a coma for two months and causing permanent brain injuries.[1][3] Following surgeries and rehabilitation, she returned to the track at the 1988 Summer Paralympics in Seoul, winning a silver in the 800m.[3] Buchan cycled against men at the 2000 Paralympics in Sydney, finishing two races at 9th and 10th. She competed at the 2004 games in Athens when women's cycling was first included in the Paralympics.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Buchan was raised in Mountain Home, Idaho.[1] In 1974 she graduated from Mountain Home High School and in 1978 she earned a bachelor's degree in athletic training/teaching from Boise State University.[3]


  1. ^ a b c d e Schwarz, Alan (September 10, 2008). "From Death's Door to the Medal Podium". The New York Times. Archived from the original on January 5, 2018. Retrieved February 24, 2017.
  2. ^ "Barbara Buchan age 52 achieves gold medal after 26 years of cycling". September 10, 2008.
  3. ^ a b c Barbara Buchan at the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee

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