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Gabriel Diaz De Leon

Athletics | Shooting

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
F52

Further personal information

Family
Children Gabe, Danielle, Daniel and Alex
Languages
English
Higher education
History - University of Texas at Arlington: United States

General interest

Nicknames
Gabe (wheelchairgames.org, 17 Aug 2014)
Injuries
He underwent spinal cord surgery in 2008. (Athlete, 03 Aug 2011)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"You get out of it what you put into it." (Athlete, 03 Aug 2011)
Awards and honours
He was selected as the 34th National Veterans Wheelchair Games Spirit of the Games award winner in 2014. (wheelchairgames.org, 17 Aug 2014)

He was inducted into the Athletes with Disabilities National Hall of Fame in 2010. (adnpage.org, 05 Oct 2010)
Other sports
He competed in athletics [discus, shot put and javelin] at every edition of the Paralympic Games between 1988 and 2004. He won a total of one gold, one silver and four bronze medals. He has also won two national wheelchair basketball championship titles. (paralympic.org, 2017; wheelchairgames.org, 17 Aug 2014)
Impairment
In 1984 he was working as a US military policeman in Honduras when the jeep he was travelling in was shot at. The vehicle flipped over, resulting in him breaking his neck in three places. (The Colorado Springs Gazette, 01 Aug 2003)
Other information
CHAPERONE
In 2012 he was chosen to accompany first lady Michelle Obama at the opening ceremony of the 2012 Olympic Games in London. (ksat.com, 19 Jul 2012)