Lora Webster To Play Fifth Paralympic Games While Expecting Baby No. 4
by Todd Kortemeier
Lora Webster (center) celebrating with her teammates at the Parapan American Games Lima 2019 on Aug. 28, 2019 in Lima, Peru.
The Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020 will no doubt be a special one to Lora Webster’s fourth child throughout his or her life, as, in a manner of speaking, he or she will have been there for it.
Webster announced on social media Thursday that she will be playing at the Tokyo Games while pregnant with baby No. 4, expected in early 2022.
“4th baby + 5th Paralympic Games = here we come! … I didn’t expect to be heading into @tokyo2020 pregnant,” Webster wrote, “but why not add this on top of what is already going to be a #ParalympicGames like no other !! With my family and @usav_sitting_wnt supporting me, the goal of GOLD remains the same. This baby is just along for the ride.”
Webster and her husband Paul have been married since 2010 and have two sons and one daughter. Soon to have a full five-person volleyball team, it helps the sport runs in the family. In addition to Webster’s decorated international career, Paul played collegiate volleyball at the University of Delaware.
Webster, who will turn 35 during the Tokyo Games, will be going after her fifth Paralympic medal in as many tries since making her debut with bronze at the 2004 Athens Games. After silver in 2008 and 2012, she and Team USA broke through to the first Paralympic gold medal in team history. She was named Best Blocker at the Rio Games and is a two-time USA Volleyball Sitting Player of the Year.