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Deaf-blind Paralympic gold medalist heartbroken after pulling out of Tokyo Games because her mom can't be there as personal care assistant

July 21, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA - JUNE 19: Becca Meyers of the United States competes in the 200m Individual Medley during day 3 of the 2021 U.S. Paralympic Swimming Trials at the Jean K. Freeman Aquatic Center on June 19, 2021 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

The two-time Paralympian announced on Tuesday that she would not be attending the Tokyo Games next month because she said the US Olympic & Paralympic Committee (USOPC) denied her request to bring her mother to serve as personal care assistant. She and her mother spoke Wednesday with "New Day" about the matter.

(CNN)Becca Meyers won three gold medals and a silver at the 2016 Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro, but the swimmer, who's deaf and blind, said being there without someone to help navigate took its toll.

The two-time Paralympian announced on Tuesday that she would not be attending the Tokyo Games next month because she said the US Olympic & Paralympic Committee (USOPC) denied her request to bring her mother to serve as personal care assistant.

"In Rio 2016, I did not have my mom or a designated PCA (personal care assistant) to work with me and I fell apart, so I know what would happen if I go to Tokyo without my mom," Meyers said Wednesday in an interview with CNN's "New Day. "

"In the case of U. S. Paralympics Swimming, there is a designated Personal Care Assistant (PCA) assigned to the team.

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