IMPOSSIBLE STORIES

Starting your impossible isn’t easy, but these athletes prove that when we are free to move, anything is possible.

Andrea Eskau - Para Cross-Country Skier

Andrea Eskau holds her Nordic skiing poles and looks into the camera in a bull's-eye red racing suit.
BORN

March 21, 1971

HOMETOWN

Apolda, Germany

SPORT

Cycling, Para Cross-Country Skiing

PARALYMPIC GAMES

2008, 2012, 2016
PARALYMPIC WINTER GAMES
2010, 2014

ACHIEVING IMPOSSIBLE

Playing Para sports may have been born from necessity for Andrea, but before long the German powerhouse became one of the dominating forces on the Paralympic scene in summer and winter sports. She tried out wheelchair basketball first and eventually expanded her skills to Para cross-country skiing, Para biathlon, wheelchair racing and handcycle racing.

To date, Andrea has won 37 World Championship medals and is a 27-time World Champion in cycling, Para biathlon and Para cross-country skiing.

"The sacrifice and effort which goes into [winning a gold Paralympic medal] is truly incredible, and we’re so proud to be a small part of Andrea’s team."
– Toyota TMG engineer

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I’ve achieved many, many medals, but my biggest achievement as an athlete is to be fair and competitive. That’s what I believe is very, very important.

Inspired by Andrea’s unrelenting determination to challenge what’s possible, Toyota approached her in 2012 to initiate a collaboration. Focused on comfort and speed, we have worked closely with Andrea to create custom-made lightweight carbon fibre solutions for her bike and sledge that would give the star athlete an even greater competitive edge at the Paralympic Games.

Brad Snyder - Para Swimmer

Although he lost his sight in battle, Brad Snyder directs his eyes up and away as if looking toward a podium with his goggles on his forehead.
BORN

February 29, 1984

HOMETOWN

Reno, Nevada, USA

SPORT

Para Swimming

PARALYMPIC GAMES

2012, 2016

ACHIEVING IMPOSSIBLE

The water is where Brad Snyder feels most free. He learned to swim in Florida when he was still a toddler and began competing when he was 11 years old. Later, Brad became the captain of his swim team at the United States Naval Academy.

“I think living life with a visual impairment, living life blind, living life dark is what seemed impossible to us in the weeks after I sustained the injury… what I found in the Paralympics is that even though I can’t see, there’s still a whole world of things I’m still capable of.”

When an injured Brad returned home from Afghanistan, he had to learn to find his way through the dark. His family stayed by his side, helping the once-resilient soldier complete simple tasks such as eating, dressing and finding the bathroom.

I want for [my story] to go out into the atmosphere and inspire the next generation of athletes to dream about being on that Paralympic podium.

Just months into recovery, Brad decided to return to the waters that he found so familiar. One year to the day after his losing his eyesight while on duty, he proudly stood on the Paralympic podium to take home the gold for Team USA. Among swimmers with complete visual impairment, Brad is the current world-record holder for the 100-meter freestyle.

Today, Brad has a new ambition: to adopt a second sport and compete in the Paratriathlon in Tokyo 2020.

Toyota's Commitment

Toyota is the Worldwide Mobility Partner of the Olympic and Paralympic Games because we seek to push people farther—past their finish line, past their impossible.

Working with the International Olympic and Paralympic Committees to help athletes reach their dreams is just one part of our wholehearted commitment to unleashing human potential through the power of movement.

Under this Olympic and Paralympic flag, let us reaffirm the power of sport to bring people together.
AKIO TOYODA
President, Toyota Motor Corporation
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