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Jessica Galli

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Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
T53

Further personal information

Family
Partner Gavin Cloy
Residence
United States
Occupation
Administrator, Athlete, Volunteer
Languages
English
Higher education
Health Administration - University of Illinois: Champaign, IL, USA

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She began the sport at age seven, shortly after her accident.
Why this sport?
She was introduced to para-sport as a means of rehabilitation following her accident. She enjoyed it, had some success and started competing seriously.
Club / Team
University of Illinois: United States
Name of coach
Adam Bleakney
Coach from which country?
United States
Coach from what year?
2006

International debut

Year
1998
Competing for
United States
Tournament
World Championship
Location
Birmingham

General interest

Hobbies
Reading, spending time with friends, shopping. (Athlete, 02 Dec 2010)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold in the 400m with a world record time at the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing. (Athlete, 02 Dec 2010; teamusa.org, 13 Mar 2013)
Most influential person in career
Her family and coach Adam Bleakney. (jessicagalli.com, 25 Feb 2010, teamusa.org, 13 Mar 2013)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs
When she is at major competitions she likes to sleep for eight to 10 hours the night before she competes. "I need to be well rested and feel calm when I wake up in the morning." (ipc-athletics, 16 Nov 2010)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"No one is born amazing. It is the opportunities and chances people take that make them great." (teamusa.org, 13 Mar 2013)

"If I do well, it was my hard work that brought me to win and it’s completely for myself. I like going fast and I like taking ownership for my performance whether it’s good or bad." (teamusa.org, 13 Mar 2013)
Awards and honours
She was named the 2007 Paralympian of the Year by the United States Olympic Committee [USOC]. (jessicagalli.com, 25 Feb 2010)

She was named the 2006 Track & Field Athlete of the Year by the United States track & field committee on para-athletics. (jessicagalli.com, 25 Feb 2010)
Famous relatives
Her partner Gavin Cloy has represented the United States at the Paralympic Games in wheelchair basketball. (teamusa.org, 13 Mar 2013)
Ambitions
To make an impact for Paralympic athletes and give them a voice. "I want to make a difference in an athlete's life because there are so many people that have made an impact on me." (teamusa.org, 13 Mar 2013)
Impairment
In 1991, at age seven, she was involved in a car accident in which she suffered a fractured spine that left her paralysed. (jessicagalli.com, 25 Feb 2010)
Other information
PROFESSION
She is a vice president of the Athletes' Advisory Council [AAC], an organisation that facilitates communication between the United States Olympic Committee [USOC] and active athletes. (teamusa.org, 13 Mar 2013)

RELATIONS
She believes sport has given her a means of communication with people who see those with physical impairments differently. "When you have a disability you're looked at a certain way, especially with a physical disability where people can see it. I found that sports have been a way for me to relate to people." (pvamagazines.com, 02 Jul 2010)

Results

Unit Date Rank
Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games (Beijing, China)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 4x100 m T53/54 Final Round 3
Women's 100 m T53 Heat 1 2
Women's 100 m T53 Final Round 2
Women's 200 m T53 Heat 2 2
Women's 200 m T53 Final Round 2
Women's 400 m T53 Heat 2 1
Women's 400 m T53 Final Round 1
Women's 800 m T53 Final Round 2
Women's 1500 m T54 Heat 1 3
Women's 1500 m T54 Final Round 4
IPC Athletics World Championships Assen 2006 (Assen, Netherlands)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 100 m T53 Final Round 1
Women's 200 m T53 Heat 2 1
Women's 200 m T53 Final Round 2
Women's 400 m T53 Heat 2 1
Women's 400 m T53 Final Round 1
Women's 800 m T53 Final Round 3
Women's 1500 m T54 Heat 1 4
Women's 100 m T53 Heat 2 1
Athens 2004 Paralympic Games (Athens, Greece)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 1500 m T54 Final Round 8
Women's 1500 m T54 Heat 2 4
Women's 800 m T53 Final Round 4
Women's 800 m T53 Heat 1 3
Women's 400 m T53 Final Round 4
Women's 400 m T53 Heat 1 3
Women's 100 m T53 Final Round 5
IPC Athletics World Championships Birmingham 1998 (Birmingham, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 100 m T54 Final Round 3
Women's 400 m T54 Final Round 3
Women's 800 m T54 Final Round 6
Sydney 2000 Paralympic Games (Sydney, Australia)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 100 m T53 Final Round 5
Women's 200 m T53 Final Round 4
Women's 400 m T53 Final Round 4
Women's 800 m T53 Final Round 2
Women's 5000 m T54 Final Round 10
IPC Athletics World Championships Villeneuve d'Ascq 2002 (Villeneuve d'Ascq, France)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 100 m T53 Final Round 2
Women's 400 m T53 Final Round 1
Women's 800 m T53 Final Round 1
2011 IPC Athletics World Championships (Christchurch, New Zealand)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 100 m T53 Heat 1 2011-01-22 1
Women's 100 m T53 Final 2011-01-23 4
Women's 800 m T53 Final 2011-01-24 3
Women's 200 m T53 Heat 1 2011-01-24 2
Women's 200 m T53 Final 2011-01-25 4
Women's 1500 m T53/54 Heat 1 2011-01-26 9999
Women's 4x400 m T53/54 Final 2011-01-27 2
Women's 400 m T53 Heat 2 2011-01-28 2
Women's 400 m T53 Final 2011-01-29 4
London 2012 Paralympic Games (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 100 m T53 Final Round 2012-09-02 4
Women's 800 m T53 Final Round 2012-09-05 3
Women's 200 m T53 Final Round 2012-09-06 4
Women's 400 m T53 Final Round 2012-09-08 5