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Ivan Espinosa

Athletics

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Cerebral Palsy
Classification
T37

Further personal information

Family
Wife Molesa, sons Ishmael and Marco
Residence
St. Croix, ISV
Occupation
Athlete, Maintenance Worker
Languages
English

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up para-athletics in 2011 in St Croix, US Virgin Islands.
Why this sport?
He wanted to compete against able-bodied athletes.
Club / Team
St. Croix Track Club: Virgin Islands
Name of coach
Keith Smith Sr. [club], ISV

International debut

Year
2015
Competing for
Virgin Islands
Location
Phoenix, AZ, USA

General interest

Memorable sporting achievement
Competing at the 2015 Parapan American Games in Toronto, ON, Canada, and completing a triathlon. (paralympic.org, 13 Aug 2015; Athlete, 23 Oct 2015)
Most influential person in career
Coach Keith Smith and US Virgin Islands athlete Wallace Williams. (Athlete, 23 Oct 2015)
Hero / Idol
Irish Paralympic middle distance runner Michael McKillop. (Athlete, 23 Oct 2015)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Training smart and hard work makes great results." (Athlete, 23 Oct 2015)
Awards and honours
He was the flag bearer for the US Virgin Islands at the opening ceremony of the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. He performed the same role at the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2015 Parapan American Games in Toronto, ON, Canada. (myinfo.rio2016.com, 06 Sep 2016; paralympic.org, 15 Aug 2015; paralympic.org, 13 Aug 2015)
Impairment
He has cerebral palsy. The condition affects the right side of his body. (virginislandsdailynews.com, 14 Aug 2015)
Other information
NATIONAL FIRST
He became the first athlete to represent the US Virgin Islands at the Parapan American Games when he was the country's sole participant at the 2015 Games in Toronto, ON, Canada. (paralympic.org, 13 Aug 2015)

Results

Unit Date Rank
IPC Athletics 2015 World Championships (Doha, Qatar)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 1500 m T37 Final 1 2015-10-30 8
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 1500 m T37 Final Round 2016-09-11 8