NEBRASKA CITY – Nebraska City Mayor Bryan Bequette presented Paralympian Cheri Becerra-Madsen with a proclamation at Monday’s city council meeting.

The Nebraska City High School graduate and paralympian was recognized for her role in Team USA and winning medals at the 1996 Atlanta Games, the 2000 Sydney Games, 2016  Rio Games and 2020 Tokyo Games.

The mayor noted that Cheri’s accomplishments to date include seven world championship medals and 10 Paralympic medals. She is a former world-record holder and the first Native American female to win an Olympic Bronze medal.

Madsen, who secured a medal in each of the four Paralympics she has competed in, finished at Tokyo  with a bronze in the 100 meter T54 and a silver in the women’s 400 M T54.

Her time of 53.91 was a fraction of a second behind gold medalist Manuela Schaer of Switzerland and ahead of American teammate Tatyana McFadden and Zhou Zhaoquian of China.

He said Madsen is a role model in Nebraska City.

Here is the mayor’s proclamation:


Honoring Cheri Madsen for Outstanding Achievements as a Member on the US Paralympic Team


Cheri Madsen, the daughter of Mario and Mary Becerra and a member of the Omaha Tribe, was born in Omaha, Nebraska,raised in Nebraska City.

Graduating from Nebraska City High School in 1995; and,


Cheri began her career in racing in 1994 after being introduced to the sport in Nebraska City and within two years, was a member of the 1996 US Paralympic Team competing in Atlanta where she won silver medals in the 100M and 200M, and bronze medals in the 400M and 800M; and,


Cheri continued her racing career competing in the 2000 Sydney Games, winning a silver in the 200M and gold medals in both the 100M and 400M, before taking time away from competing; and,


Cheri returned to racing to honor her brother, winning a silver medal in the 400M at the 2016 Rio Games followed by winning a silver medal in the 400M and bronze medal in the 100M at the 2020 Tokyo Games;  and,


Cheri’s accomplishments to date include Seven World Championship medals, Ten-time Paralympic medalist, and becoming the first ever Native American female to win an Olympic Bronze medal; and,


Cheri is a role model for young people around the world, especially here in Nebraska City and in thanking her for inspiring all of us.

NOW, THEREFORE,BE IT RESOLVED THAT,I, Bryan Bequette, Mayor of the City of Nebraska City, do hereby recognize Cheri Madsen for her accomplishments and thank her for the honor she has brought to the City of Nebraska City, the State of Nebraska, and the United States of America.



Madsen interview after return to Nebraska City