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Jessica Heims

Athletics

Biography

Impairment information

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

Further personal information

Residence
Swisher, IA, USA
Occupation
Athlete, Student
Languages
English, German

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up the sport at age 10 with Cedar Rapids Track Club in the United States of America. She ran middle distance throughout middle school and moved into sprint events and discus in ninth grade.
Why this sport?
She was inspired to take up the sport after seeing her older sister Beth begin cross-country running.
Club / Team
Prairie High School Track Team: Cedar Rapids, IA, USA
Name of coach
Bill Calloway [track], from 2015; Brad Wymer [throwing], from 2014
Training Regime
She does cross-training of strength, swimming and cycling as well as running and throwing. During a typical week she trains 3-5 days in the off-season and 4-6 days when in season.

International debut

Year
2015
Competing for
United States

General interest

Hobbies
Playing in a marching band, reading, watching movies, spending time with friends, playing piano. (disabledsportsusa.org, 13 Jan 2016)
Most influential person in career
Her sisters Beth and Nicole. (Athlete, 25 Oct 2015)
Hero / Idol
US Para triathlete and Para swimmer Melissa Stockwell. (Athlete, 25 Oct 2015)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs
"I say a quick prayer when I'm either in the call room or getting ready to check in for my event. It helps me calm down and be thankful for the wonderful opportunities I've been given." (disabledsportsusa.org, 13 Jan 2016)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Time spent doing what you love is never wasted." (disabledsportsusa.org, 13 Jan 2016)
Awards and honours
She was named a 2015 US Paralympics Track and Field High School All-American in the 100m, 200m, 400m, discus and long jump. (teamusa.org, 03 Sep 2015)

She was named a 2014 US Paralympics Track and Field High School All-American in the 100m, 200m, 400m and discus. (teamusa.org, 15 Sep 2014)
Famous relatives
Her older sister Beth has competed in cross-country running for Coe College in the United States of America. (coeathletics.com, 02 Nov 2013)
Impairment
She was diagnosed with amniotic band syndrome, a condition at birth when the foetus becomes entangled in fibrous amniotic bands in the womb, restricting blood flow. This led her to have an impairment to her lower right leg and foot. By age one her right leg was amputated below the knee. (Athlete, 25 Oct 2015; thegazette.com, 18 Apr 2015)

Results

Unit Date Rank
IPC Athletics 2015 World Championships (Doha, Qatar)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Discus Throw F44 Final 1 2015-10-25 5
Women's 400 m T44 Final 1 2015-10-28 5
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Discus Throw F44 Final Round 2016-09-11 8
Women's 400 m T44 Final Round 2016-09-12 7