Gideon Connelly

Athletics

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
T64, F64

Further personal information

Residence
Baltimore, MD, USA
Occupation
Athlete, Serves in the Air Force
Higher education
Harford Community College: Churchville, MD, USA

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began training in 2012 in Maryland, United States.
Why this sport?
After he recovered and regained his ability to walk, he decided he wanted to begin running. He had run long-distance in high school, but decided to try sprinting because he thought it would be easier.

General interest

Sporting philosophy / motto
"Keep your head up. Don't let anything discourage you. If you keep your head in the right place, you can do anything you want." (175wg.ang.af.mil, 05 May 2013)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro (Twitter profile, 06 Nov 2013)
Impairment
In July 2011 he broke his arm and right knee, fractured his pelvis and ultimately lost his left leg below the knee, following a motorcycle accident. (baltimorestyle.com, 10 Jul 2013)
Other information
MENTOR
He mentors patients at Kernan Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation Hospital in Baltimore, MD, United States. In the future, he also hopes to help rehabilitate military veterans at Walter Reed National Military Center in Bethesda, MD, United States. (baltimorestyle.com, 10 Jul 2013)

TEST SUBJECT
He has participated in a study on prosthetics at the University of Florida in the United States to help develop the devices for athletes in the future. (175wg.ang.af.mil, 05 May 2013)