Lopez takes “Super G”

Navy veteran, Enrique Lopez finished the obstacle course in 3 minutes, 45 seconds on Saturday at NVWG

By John Groth

Enrique Lopez kisses his trophy after winning “Super G” at the NVWG. (Photo by Courtney Verrill)

Enrique Lopez goes through the obstacle course during “Super G” at the NVWG. (Photo by Courtney Verrill)

CINCINNATI – It took him nearly a decade and a half, but Enrique Lopez finally won the obstacle course called “Super G” event at the National Veterans Wheelchair Games (NVWG).

A Navy veteran and Chicago resident, Lopez finished in 3 minutes, 45 seconds to capture the obstacle course called “Super G” crown Saturday morning at Duke Energy Convention Center at the 37th NVWG.

“It’s just your speed, your agility, your strength,” says Lopez, a 47-year-old with an L2 injury who is in his 17th year competing at the Games. “The most important part of slalom is you have to learn to do a wheelie and balance on your wheels, that’s the key.”

The top three finishers in each class advance to the obstacle course called “Super G” event. Lopez finished second in the Master Class in 3:06.51.

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