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Kevan Hueftle

Athletics

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
T64

Further personal information

Family
Wife Nicole, daughter Chelsey, son Hayes
Residence
Eustis, NE, USA
Occupation
Farmer, Motivational Speaker
Languages
English
Higher education
Agricultural Studies - University of Nebraska at Kearney: United States

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He ran for his school when he was able-bodied and helped set a state record in the 4x400m relay. In early 2017 he took up running again, 10 years after the amputation of his foot.
Why this sport?
He returned to running as part of his desire to lead a healthier lifestyle. "I drank too much in college. I drank too much when I got back to ranching. I'll be two years sober in June [2017]. That's why I'm doing it [sport] now. My mindset is right. I've always been a very competitive person and I want to use my competitiveness toward something that will push me and not have this be a disability but an inspiration for people. If I can help somebody else get past some of their demons, and tell somebody else, 'I can do this, don't tell me I can't', then it's worth it.”

General interest

Nicknames
Flea (Facebook profile, 27 Feb 2021)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"A journey of 1000 miles starts with one step." (Facebook profile, 27 Feb 2021)
Awards and honours
In 2020 he was named the National Congress of State Games Adult Athlete of the Year in the United States of America. (nebraska.tv, 07 Oct 2020)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (kearneyhub.com, 26 Apr 2017)
Impairment
In 2005 he was hunting near his parents' farm in Eustis, NE, United States of America, when he accidentally shot himself in the left foot as he was getting out of his truck. Five months later, he decided to have his foot amputated above the ankle. "[The bullet] went right through what was my heel bone and just blew my foot up." (kearneyhub.com, 26 Apr 2017; nptelegraph.com, 23 Mar 2006)
Other information
BEATING ALCOHOL
He began experiencing anxiety and depression following his accident in 2005. He would drink heavily over the next few years before deciding to get sober in August 2015. "You tell yourself you will be fine, but when your leg hurts all the time, it starts building and building. I started drinking more and more, and it turned into drinking to survive. When you are depressed, you just want to forget about all of it. I was drinking all day long to escape. People know I drank, but they didn't know that if I met you at the bar, I had five drinks before I got there. Then I'd have three with you. And then more when I went home. I was getting freaked out by things that didn't make sense, and that was my anxiety. It was not a good place. I am not going to lie and tell you [stopping drinking] has been easy, because it is not. But I knew if I kept drinking, I would lose it all. I was in so much pain, physically, mentally, emotionally. I was fighting depression, anxiety, anger, and just drinking all the time so I could forget. August 2015 is when my life came back." (teamusa.org, 10 Oct 2020)

OCCUPATION
He runs a beef farm called Lazy Creek Beef Company in Eustis, NE, United States of America. (Facebook profile, 27 Feb 2021; teamusa.org, 10 Oct 2020; Lazy Creek Beef Company LLC Facebook page, 11 Sep 2019)