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Burns, center, pictured with his crewmates

Zach Burns -- Paralympian

September 14, 2016

Rio De Janeiro, Brazil 

Last spring after helping the University of Michigan Men’s Rowing Team secure its national championship title in Gainesville, Georgia, Zachary Burns -- a current sophomore and Ann Arbor native -- helped spearhead the United States’ Legs, Trunks, Arms mixed four with a coxswain (LTAm4+) to a Paralympic silver medal in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Burns’ Paralympic debut was nothing short of extraordinary. The LTAm4+ advanced directly to Sunday’s finals following a first place finish in their heat. By the end of repechages on Saturday, the United States, Great Britain, Canada, Germany, South Africa, and China were prepared to race to the podium. In a remarkably close race, the United States gained a bow ball over Canada, and narrowly missed overtaking first place Great Britain.

We are incredibly proud of the work that Zach has done. Whether he is representing the Stars and Stripes or the Block M, Zach’s confidence in his own ability, and his capacity to inspire others to put everything on the line, make him a well-respected athlete, teammate, and friend.