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Kym Crosby



Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Vision impairment
Origin of Impairment
T13, F13

Further personal information

Husband Erik Hightower
Other names
Kym Hightower
Chula Vista, CA, USA
Athlete, Coach
Higher education
Human Movement Studies - California State University, Chico: United States

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up the sport in 2007 in Yuba City, CA, United States of America. "I actually didn't want to do track, but my brother talked me into it. I gave it a shot and surprised myself, my parents and my coaches because I was pretty fast. I tried so many sports when I was younger. I tried volleyball, basketball and tennis but they all involved a ball so they never really worked out. I love running because it's the one thing I can do without having help from anybody else."
Why this sport?
Her performances at high school earned her an athletic scholarship at California State University, Chico, where she represented the women's track team in 2012 and 2014 and started to take the sport more seriously. "Being on the Chico track team helped me get that mindset of, 'I need to take this more seriously and start working my butt off to get to where I want to go'."
Training Regime
She trains at the Elite Athlete Training Center in Chula Vista, CA, United States of America.

International debut

Competing for
United States

General interest

The Flash ["Given to me after starting track and running fast"] (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Crocheting, watching movies, board games, playing with her guide dog, writing a journal. (Instagram profile, 17 Mar 2021;, 12 Oct 2020; Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning bronze in the T13 100m at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (SportsDeskOnline, 31 Mar 2021; Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Most influential person in career
Coaches Joaquim Cruz and Paul Odegard. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Hero / Idol
US sprinter Allyson Felix. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs
"I have to wear non-matching socks." (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Limited sight, limitless dreams." (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Famous relatives
Her husband Erik Hightower has also represented the United States of America in Para athletics. He competed at the 2016 and 2008 Paralympic Games and won a gold medal in the mixed 4x100m relay at the 2019 World Championships in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (SportsDeskOnline, 31 Mar 2021; Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
To win gold at the Paralympic Games. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
She was born with albinism, and has 20/400 vision in both eyes. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019;, 18 Sep 2013)
Other information
She welcomed the postponement of the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo as she believed it would give her body more time to recover from the 2019 World Championships in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. "It was definitely a shock at the beginning of 2020 and something I had to get used to but I was only focusing on the positives. My body gets more time to heal because our world championships were at the end of last year [2019], and we would have been doing a quick turnaround for Tokyo. But now we have time for our bodies to rest more and focus on what we need to fix in our races and in our techniques, so I think it has been a great thing." She also began writing a journal during lockdown. "I started listing out the positive things that are coming from COVID. One of them, a big one, was letting my body heal." (Challenged Athletes Foundation Facebook page, 24 Nov 2020;, 12 Oct 2020)

She works as a coach for visually impaired athletes with the Challenged Athletes Foundation [CAF] High School Adaptive Sports Program in the United States of America. "The number one thing I want to do is be the role model for these young girls. When I was in college I used to go to the local elementary schools and talk to the visually impaired students and they would tell me that they had no idea they could do sports and that broke my heart, so I made it my goal to be the role model for them." (Challenged Athletes Foundation Facebook page, 24 Nov 2020)

She decided to continue competing under her maiden name Crosby after she got married to US Paralympic athlete Erik Hightower. "I am a Hightower but I race as a Crosby. I have made this decision because I have worked so hard to be where I've been and where I'm at now as a Crosby. I have made podiums and have helped spark motivation in some to believe in themselves and follow their dreams. And that's what I intend to continue to do. So call me Crosby, call me Hightower but don't call me Crosby-Hightower because that's too long." (Facebook page, 25 Aug 2019)


Unit Date Rank
IPC Athletics 2015 World Championships (Doha, Qatar)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 400 m T13 Heat 2 2015-10-23 3
Women's 400 m T13 Final 1 2015-10-24 4
Women's 200 m T13 Final 1 2015-10-27 2
Women's 100 m T13 Heat 2 2015-10-29 2
Women's 100 m T13 Final 1 2015-10-29 3
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 100 m T13 Heat 2 2016-09-10 2
Women's 100 m T13 Final Round 2016-09-11 3
Women's 400 m T13 Final Round 2016-09-17 4
World Para Athletics Championships London 2017 (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 200 m T13 Final 1 2017-07-16 3
Women's 100 m T13 Final 1 2017-07-17 3
Women's 400 m T13 Final 1 2017-07-19 4