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Biography

Impairment information

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

Further personal information

Higher education
Virginia Military Institute: Lexington, VA, USA

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up para-athletics at a warrior transition unit in the United States.
Why this sport?
He ran track and cross country at high school, so it was a natural transition to compete in 200m, 400m sprint events after his accident.

General interest

Hobbies
Marathon running. (canoekayak.com, 12 Nov 2012)
Awards and honours
He was the US flag bearer at the 2013 World Championships in Lyon, France. (teamusa.org, 17 Jul 2013)
Other sports
He has represented the United States in para-canoe sprint and won a bronze medal at the 2009 World Championships. (adaptivecanoeing.org, 01 Sep 2014)
Impairment
He was wounded while serving in the US Army in Iraq in 2006. He was shot in the hip several times, and one bullet cut the sciatic nerve, leaving the lower half of his right leg without sensory or motor functions. The leg was amputated two years later to improve his activity level. "It was a rough two years. I had to walk with a cane and had difficulties managing the pain. Once they took the leg everything began looking up." (teamusa.org, 24 Aug 2012; usack.org, 16 Aug 2011)
Other information
RIO 2016
He also competes in para-canoe sprint and was delighted to hear it would be added to the 2016 Paralympic Games. "Getting the para-canoe and kayak into the 2016 Paralympic Games is an important win for the sport and Paralympians. It means we will be able to form a developmental team and train on a full-time basis." (adaptivecanoeing.org, 01 Sep 2014; usparalympics.org, 06 Jan 2011)

Results

Unit Date Rank
IPC Athletics World Championships (Lyon, France)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 400 m T44 Semifinal 1 2013-07-25 9