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Curtis Lovejoy

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Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
S2, SB1, SM2

Further personal information

Family
Wife Mamie
Residence
College Park, GA, USA
Occupation
Athlete, Coach
Languages
English
Higher education
Recreation Management - Morris Brown College: Atlanta, GA, USA

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up swimming as therapy following his accident in 1986. He began competing in 1993.
Why this sport?
At college he played basketball ball and football, but had never swum in his life. "I don't think I'd ever been near water, but as part of the therapy I was put in a lifejacket and lowered into the pool."
Club / Team
Shepherd Sharks: Atlanta, GA, USA

General interest

Nicknames
C-Love (Instagram profile, 15 May 2016)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Don't let the disability control you. You control the disability." (Twitter profile, 30 Jun 2016)
Awards and honours
In 2019 he was inducted into the Atlanta Sports Hall of Fame in the United States of America.. (fox5atlanta.com, 08 Feb 2019)

He was flag bearer for the United States of America at the opening ceremony of the 2015 Parapan American Games in Toronto, ON, Canada. (teamusa.org, 05 Aug 2015)

In 2013 he was inducted into the Georgia Aquatics Hall of Fame in the United States of America. (shepherd.org, 26 Aug 2013)

In 2013 he was presented with the Dixie Wheelchair Athletics Lifetime Achievement Award in the United States of America. (vimeo.com, 11 May 2013)
Other sports
He has represented the United States of America in wheelchair fencing, winning medals at the world championships in 2013 and 2015. (SportsDeskOnline, 02 Jun 2017; teamusa.org, 31 Oct 2014)
Ambitions
To compete in wheelchair fencing and swimming at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (wdam.com, 10 Aug 2016)
Impairment
He was paralysed from the neck down following a car accident in 1986. He uses a wheelchair and has limited use of his arms. (atlantamagazine.com, 19 Oct 2015; teamusa.org, 31 Aug 2014; shepherd.org, 26 Aug 2013; medium.com, 28 Jun 2018)
Other information
OTHER ACTIVITIES
He was ordained as a Baptist deacon in 1989 in Atlanta, GA, United States of America. In 2018 he published his autobiography, called 'Just a Little Love and Joy'. His life story has also been featured in an Emmy Award nominated television film called 'Small Miracles'. "I have two things in my life, God and sport. Without them I would be nothing. Sport is the way I express myself in so many different ways. When I am in the water no one sees my disability. I am myself." (medium.com, 28 Jun 2018; US Paralympics, 04 Mar 2010; independent.co.uk, 11 May 2008)

Results

Unit Date Rank
Sydney 2000 Paralympic Games (Sydney, Australia)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Sabre Team Classification 7-8 102
Men's Sabre Individual B Pool C 7
Men's Sabre Individual B Pool C 10
Men's Sabre Individual B Pool C 13
Men's Sabre Individual B Pool C 14
Men's Sabre Individual B 1/8th final 405
Men's Sabre Team 1/8th final 401
Men's Sabre Team Quarterfinal 301
Men's Sabre Team Classification 5-8 201
Men's Sabre Individual B Pool C 3
Men's Epee Team Classification 5-6 101
Men's Epee Individual B Pool A 3
Men's Epee Individual B Pool A 7
Men's Epee Individual B Pool A 10
Men's Epee Individual B Pool A 13
Men's Epee Individual B Pool A 14
Men's Epee Team Quarterfinal 303
Men's Epee Team Classification 5-8 202
Men's 100 m Freestyle S2 Heat 2 1
Men's 100 m Freestyle S2 Final Round 1
Men's 50 m Backstroke S2 Final Round 5
Men's 50 m Backstroke S2 Heat 2 4
Men's 50 m Freestyle S2 Final Round 1
Men's 50 m Freestyle S2 Heat 2 1
IPC Swimming World Championships Eindhoven 2010 (Eindhoven, Netherlands)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m Freestyle S2 Heat 2 4
Men's 100 m Freestyle S2 Final Round 5
Men's 150 m Individual Medley SM3 Heat 2 7
Men's 200 m Freestyle S2 Heat 1 6
Men's 4x50 m Freestyle 20pts Heat 2 5
Men's 4x50 m Medley 20pts Heat 1 5
Men's 50 m Backstroke S2 Heat 1 4
Men's 50 m Backstroke S2 Final Round 6
Men's 50 m Breaststroke SB2 Heat 1 6
Men's 50 m Freestyle S2 Heat 2 4
Men's 50 m Freestyle S2 Final Round 6
Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games (Beijing, China)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 50 m Backstroke S2 Final Round 6
Men's 50 m Backstroke S2 Heat 1 4
Men's 50 m Freestyle S2 Heat 1 2
Men's 50 m Freestyle S2 Final Round 6
Men's 100 m Freestyle S2 Heat 2 3
Men's 100 m Freestyle S2 Final Round 6
Men's 200 m Freestyle S2 Heat 2 5
IPC Swimming World Championships Durban 2006 (Durban, South Africa)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 150 m Individual Medley SM2 Heats (SM2/3) 1
Men's 100 m Freestyle S2 Final Round 4
Men's 100 m Freestyle S2 Heats 7
Men's 150 m Individual Medley SM2 Final Round 1
Men's 200 m Freestyle S2 Heats (S1/2) 4
Men's 50 m Freestyle S2 Final Round 3
Men's 50 m Freestyle S2 Heats 4
Men's 50 m Backstroke S2 Final Round 6
Men's 50 m Backstroke S2 Heats 6
Men's 4x50 m Freestyle 20 pts Final Round 3
Men's 200 m Freestyle S2 Final Round 3
IPC Swimming World Championships Christchurch 1998 (Christchurch, New Zealand)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 50 m Freestyle S2 Heats (S1/2) 3
Men's 50 m Freestyle S2 Final Round 5
Men's 50 m Breaststroke SB1 Final Round 2
Men's 100 m Freestyle S2 Heats (S1/2) 6
Men's 100 m Freestyle S2 Final Round 7
Men's 4x50 m Freestyle Open Final Round 5
Men's 50 m Backstroke S2 Heats (S1/2) 5
Men's 50 m Backstroke S2 Final Round 5
Men's 4x50 m Medley Open Final Round 5
IPC Swimming World Championships Mar del Plata 2002 (Mar del Plata, Argentina)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 50 m Freestyle S2 Heats 1
Men's 50 m Freestyle S2 Final Round 1
Men's 100 m Freestyle S2 Heats 1
Men's 100 m Freestyle S2 Final Round 3
Men's 200 m Freestyle S2 Final Round 4
Men's 50 m Backstroke S2 Heats 3
Men's 50 m Breaststroke SB1 Heats (SB1/2) 8
Men's 50 m Breaststroke SB1 Final Round 2
Men's 50 m Butterfly S2 Heats (S2-4) 9999
Men's 150 m Individual Medley SM2 Final Round 2
Men's 4x50 m Freestyle 20 pts Final Round 5
Men's 50 m Backstroke S2 Final Round 7
Athens 2004 Paralympic Games (Athens, Greece)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m Freestyle S2 Heat 1 1
Men's 100 m Freestyle S2 Final Round 2
Men's 50 m Backstroke S2 Heat 1 1
Men's 50 m Backstroke S2 Final Round 5
Men's 4x50 m Freestyle 20 pts Heat 2 5
Men's 50 m Freestyle S2 Final Round 3
Men's 50 m Freestyle S2 Heat 2 2
London 2012 Paralympic Games (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 200 m Freestyle S2 Final Round 2012-09-01 8
Men's 100 m Freestyle S2 Heat 1 2012-09-03 5
Men's 50 m Backstroke S2 Heat 2 2012-09-05 5
Men's 50 m Freestyle S2 Final Round 2012-09-07 8
Men's 50 m Freestyle S2 Heat 1 2012-09-07 4
Mexico City 2017 World Para Swimming Championships (Mexico City, Mexico)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 50 m Backstroke S2 Heat 1 2017-12-04 7
Men's 50 m Backstroke S2 Final 1 2017-12-04 9999
Men's 200 m Freestyle S2 Final 1 2017-12-06 7
Mixed 4x50 m Freestyle 20pts Final 1 2017-12-07 5
Men's 100 m Backstroke S2 Heat 1 2017-12-07 7
Men's 100 m Backstroke S2 Final 1 2017-12-07 8