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Joshua George

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Biography

Impairment information

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

Further personal information

Occupation
Athlete, Business Owner, Motivational Speaker, Writer
Languages
English
Higher education
Journalism - University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign: United States

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He first tried the sport at age seven. He started Para marathon in 2002.
Why this sport?
"I've always loved moving fast. I loved feeling the wind in my face. Racing gave me the opportunity to see how fast I could go."

General interest

Nicknames
Josh (Twitter profile, 18 Mar 2020)
Hobbies
Writing, reading, table tennis, watching movies, watching sports, cooking. (teamusa.org, 01 Jul 2019; forbes.com, 17 Oct 2019)
Hero / Idol
US wheelchair basketball player Paul Ward, US basketball player Tim Duncan, Swiss tennis player Roger Federer, US Para athlete Krige Schabort, US athlete Allyson Felix, US tennis players Serena and Venus Williams. (uiuc.edu, 23 Jul 2007; teamusa.org, 01 Jul 2019; forbes.com, 17 Oct 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"There is no such thing as a life without adversity. No goal is reached without struggle." (apbspeakers.com, 01 Jan 2019)
Awards and honours
He received the Arete Honors for Courage in Sports Award in 2008. The award highlights athletes who have not only succeeded, but also exemplified courage while overcoming challenges on their way to excelling in sports and life. (joshgeorgeracing.com, 05 Oct 2010; US Paralympics, 20 Aug 2008)
Other sports
He represented the United States of America in wheelchair basketball at the 2006 World Championships in Amsterdam, Netherlands, and won gold at the 2007 Parapan American Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (SportsDeskOnline, 31 Mar 2015; rio2016.com, 02 Jan 2015)
Impairment
He was playing alone in his bedroom at age four and fell from the 12th-storey window. His doctors deemed him to be a living miracle when they realised he was going to survive. He has limited trunk control and no movement in his legs. (uiaa.org, 13 Dec 2010; chicagoinno.streetwise.co, 04 Aug 2016)
Other information
BBQ BUSINESS
In 2016 he co-founded a catering company with his brother Jeremy. They opened a restaurant in Poway, CA, United States of America, in late 2019. "Jeremy is actually the brains and culinary expertise behind Smokin J's and he's the person who first turned me on to just how good slow-smoked BBQ could truly be. I never thought much of the cuisine growing up. My parents are from the north east [United States of America], and growing up, BBQ was not a sought after delicacy in our home. My brother went to college in St. Louis and would spend the odd weekend in Kansas City. It was there that he learned exactly how good real BBQ truly was. My new favourite hobby is watching the emotions change on the faces of our customers after they bite into a succulent piece of brisket that my brother just babied in a smoker." (forbes.com, 17 Oct 2019; sdvoyager.com, 15 Jun 2020)

Results

Unit Date Rank
Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games (Beijing, China)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Marathon T54 Final Round 17
Men's 100 m T53 Heat 2 1
Men's 100 m T53 Final Round 1
Men's 200 m T53 Heat 2 3
Men's 200 m T53 Final Round 4
Men's 400 m T53 Heat 2 3
Men's 800 m T53 Heat 2 1
Men's 800 m T53 Final Round 2
Men's 1500 m T54 Heat 4 1
Men's 1500 m T54 Heat 2 5
Men's 4x400 m T53/54 Heat 1 2
IPC Athletics World Championships Assen 2006 (Assen, Netherlands)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 4x100 m T53-54 Heat 2 1
Men's 4x100 m T53-54 Final Round 2
Men's 4x400 m T53-54 Heat 3 4
Men's Marathon T54 Final Round 33
Men's 800 m T53 Final Round 1
Men's 800 m T53 Heat 1 2
Men's 400 m T53 Final Round 1
Men's 100 m T53 Heat 3 1
Men's 100 m T53 Final Round 1
Men's 200 m T53 Heat 3 2
Men's 200 m T53 Final Round 1
Men's 400 m T53 Heat 3 2
Athens 2004 Paralympic Games (Athens, Greece)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m T53 Heat 2 2
Men's 100 m T53 Final Round 3
Men's 200 m T53 Heat 3 1
Men's 200 m T53 Final Round 5
Men's 400 m T53 Heat 3 1
Men's 400 m T53 Final Round 3
Men's 800 m T53 Heat 1 9999
Men's 4x100 m T53-54 Heat 3 9999
Men's 4x400 m T53-54 Heat 3 3
Men's Marathon T54 Final Round 9999
London 2012 Paralympic Games (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 400 m T53 Final Round 2012-09-02 5
Men's 400 m T53 Heat 2 2012-09-02 1
Men's 1500 m T54 Heat 3 2012-09-03 5
Men's 800 m T53 Heat 1 2012-09-04 4
Men's 800 m T53 Final Round 2012-09-05 3
Men's 200 m T53 Heat 2 2012-09-07 3
Men's 4x400 m T53/54 Heat 2 2012-09-08 3
Men's Marathon T54 Final Round 2012-09-09 20
IPC Athletics World Championships (Lyon, France)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 400 m T53 Semifinal 2 2013-07-21 3
Men's 400 m T53 Final 1 2013-07-21 4
Men's 800 m T53 Semifinal 2 2013-07-22 1
Men's 800 m T53 Final 1 2013-07-22 1
Men's 5000 m T54 Semifinal 2 2013-07-23 3
Men's 5000 m T54 Final 1 2013-07-24 4
Men's 1500 m T54 Semifinal 1 2013-07-25 12
Men's 1500 m T54 Final 1 2013-07-26 5
Men's Marathon T54 Final 1 2013-07-28 5
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 5000 m T54 Heat 1 2016-09-09 3
Men's 400 m T53 Heat 2 2016-09-10 3
Men's 400 m T53 Final Round 2016-09-11 7
Men's 5000 m T54 Final Round 2016-09-11 5
Men's 1500 m T54 Heat 3 2016-09-12 7
Men's 800 m T53 Heat 1 2016-09-14 3
Men's 800 m T53 Final Round 2016-09-15 5
Men's Marathon T54 Final Round 2016-09-18 9999