By Philip Hersh, Tribune reporter
1:52 PM PDT, September 17, 2012
University of Illinois freshman Ray Martin, who won four gold medals in wheelchair track at the London Paralympics, was named Monday as Paralympic SportsMan of the Year by the U.S. Olympic Committee .
Martin, 18, of Jersey City, N.J., won all four Paralympic races he entered – the 100, 200, 400 and 800 meters.
Martin was born with a disorder known as arthrogyrposis that affects joint flexibility from his ankles to his neck.
Swimmer Jessica Long of Baltimore, winner of eight Paralympic medals (five gold), was named the Paralympic SportsWoman of the Year.
Another Baltimore swimmer, Michael Phelps, is USOC SportsMan of the Year for the second time after finishing his Olympic career with six more medals (four gold) in London, increasing his Olympic record numbers to 18 gold and 22 overall medals.
Sprinter Allyson Felix of Los Angeles is SportsWoman of the Year after winning three golds in London, one in the 200 meters and two on relays.
The women’s eight-oared crew was named Olympic Team of the Year after winning a second straight Olympic gold. Wheelchair doubles tennis players Nick Taylor of Wichita and David Wagner of Hillsboro, Ore., earned Paralympic Team of the Year for winning a third straight Paralympic title.
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