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Amy McDonaugh

Athletics

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Vision impairment
Classification
T11

Further personal information

Family
Husband James and three children
Residence
Irmo, SC, USA
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up running in 2004 in Ohio after the birth of her third child.
Why this sport?
She took up the sport in order to "get out of the house and become more independent".
Club / Team
Team Utopia/Columbia Running Club: United States

General interest

Impairment
At age 11 she was diagnosed with arteriovenous malformation, which is an abnormal connection between the veins and arteries that causes intense pain and bleeding. After undergoing 18 surgeries, she overcame the condition, but one operation left her blind in both eyes. (bostinno.streetwise.co, 12 Apr 2013)
Other information
RUNNING ALONE
Unlike many visually impaired runners, she always runs solo without a guide, even when it has cost her wins. "I have run right past the finish line before. Once, I was supposed to take a turn and I kept going straight. I was ahead by about a minute, but by the time I figured out where to go, I lost the race." (espn.go.com, 01 Jun 2011)

Results

Unit Date Rank
IPC Athletics World Championships (Lyon, France)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 400 m T13 Final 1 2013-07-27 4