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Carlos Leon

Athletics

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
F53

Further personal information

Residence
Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He was introduced to athletics at a US Military Sports Camp hosted by US Paralympics shortly after his accident.
Why this sport?
Five-time Paralympian Gabe Diaz de Leon encouraged him to become involved in the sport.

General interest

Hobbies
Listening to music, watching football. (va.gov, 30 Aug 2011)
Other sports
He plays wheelchair basketball for the Miami Heat Wheels. Prior to his accident he was a member of the U.S Marine football team and helped them to victory at the 2003 Pacific Regional Championships in Japan. (va.gov, 05 Jul 2007; US Paralympics, 5 Mar 2010)
Famous relatives
His sister has played football at a high level. (va.gov, 05 Jul 2007)
Other information
TRUE COMPETITOR
In 2005, after serving with the US Marine Corps in Iraq, his unit was stationed in Hawaii, awaiting second deployment orders. While there he hit a rock while diving into water and just two hours after the accident, he was informed that he was a quadriplegic. In 2006 he skied for the first time at the National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic. The US Department of Veteran Affairs published a profile on Leon outlining his experience and describing him as a "true competitor." (va.gov, 05 Jul 2007)

Results

Unit Date Rank
Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games (Beijing, China)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Shot Put F53/54 Final Round 15
2011 IPC Athletics World Championships (Christchurch, New Zealand)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Discus Throw F51-53 Final 2011-01-27 5