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Sport Para athletics
NPC United States   
Place of BirthDurrės, ALB
Height1.60 m
Weight 54 kg
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
T54, F57
Further Personal Information
United States
Athlete, Student
Higher education
International Business - University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign: United States
Sport Specific Information
Why this sport?
She says her favourite part of being an elite athlete is travelling to compete internationally. "You go to a new culture, explore new foods, meet new people, it's an amazing opportunity."
Club / Team
University of Illinois Wheelchair Racing Team: Champaign, IL, USA
Name of coach
Adam Bleakney [club], USA
Senior International Debut
Competing for
United States
Paralympic Games
London, ENG
General Interest
Swimming, scuba diving, wheelchair basketball, cooking, rock climbing, boxing. (, 2015; 15 Oct 2015)
Most influential person in career
Her older sister Tatyana. (, 30 Oct 2005)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Some say the glass if half full, some say the glass is half empty. I say are you going to drink that?" (Twitter profile, 23 Feb 2016)
Awards and honours
She was named the 2014 Female Track Athlete of the Year at the US Paralympics Track and Field High School Awards. (, 15 Sep 2014)

In 2010 she was named on the first ever US Paralympics Track and Field High School All-American Team. (, 14 Nov 2010)

She was nominated for the Jesse Owens Award in December 2010. (, 14 Oct 2010)
Other sports
She has competed in para-swimming at national level. (, 18 Jul 2011)
Famous relatives
Her older sister Tatyana has also represented the United States of America in para-athletics, as well as cross-country skiing. She won three gold medals at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London, and competed in cross-country skiing at the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi. (, 11 Jun 2013;, 10 Mar 2014)
Her left leg was amputated above the knee as the result of her being born without a fibula or femur. (, 15 Oct 2015;, 18 Jul 2011)
Other information
At age 16 she was the youngest member of the US athletics squad at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. (, 11 Jun 2013)

She was adopted from her birth country of Albania and moved with her new family to Clarksville, MD, United States of America. (, 11 Jun 2013)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
8 2012 100m T54 18.02
4 2016 100m T54 16.34
7 2016 400m T54 56.20
  2016 4 x 400m Relay T53-54  DSQ
World Championships (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
4 2013 200m T54 30.96
7 2013 800m T54 1:52.92
5 2013 100m T54 18.00
7 2013 400m T54 58.56
3 2015 200m T54 29.96
3 2015 100m T54 16.91
8 2015 800m T54 1:54.38
7 2015 400m T54 58.20
3 2017 200m T54 29.49
7 2017 400m T54 58.25
3 2017 100m T54 16.68