Running – Silver Medal – 2020 Paralympics, Tokyo, Japan
On August 28, 2021, local residents gathered at a watch party hosted by the Portsmouth Christian Academy (PCA) to witness the Women’s 1500-meter finals at the Tokyo Summer Paralympics. Liza Corso, who recently graduated from PCA in Dover, had qualified for the Paralympics finals with a time of 4:52:43. Competing against the world’s best Paralympic athletes in the final event, she crossed the finish line and quickly realized that she had not only beaten her personal best but had won a silver medal.
Liza grew up in the Seacoast New Hampshire area and was a premier high school runner, competing at high levels. At Portsmouth Christian Academy, she was a multi-award-winning All-State runner for the school’s cross country, winter track, and spring track teams. Corso is the most-decorated runner in PCA’s athletic history, and her success in Tokyo adds to her achievements.
Corso was born with a genetic disorder called albinism. Liza is legally blind and runs without depth perception, having over 20/200 vision. Despite this, she competes at international levels, culminating with her silver medal performance at the 2020 Tokyo Summer Paralympics.