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Robbie Gaupp

Athletics

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Impaired muscle power
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
T46, F46

Further personal information

Family
Son Anzel, daughter Patience
Residence
Gatesville, TX, USA
Occupation
Veteran
Languages
English

Sport specific information

Why this sport?
"When I was growing up it was my dream to be in the Olympics. My injury took me to a dark place in life. I thought my life in sports was over and it had actually only begun."

General interest

Nicknames
The Dream (Facebook profile, 02 Oct 2016)
Injuries
He tore his hamstring at the 2010 Warrior Games in Colorado Springs, CO, United States of America. (wtc.armylive.dodlive.mil, 17 May 2010)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"You don't have to give up just because you're injured. Everyone has a different injury, and we've learned to adapt. Just going out there and showing how much is possible can really inspire others. It's in our body's DNA to be the very best and fight for success." (wtc.army.mil, May 2016)
Other sports
He competed in para-archery and sitting volleyball at the 2016 Invictus Games in Orlando, FL, United States of America. Before his injury he played American football at semi-professional level in Brownsville, TX, United States of America. (defense.gov, 07 Jun 2016; ca.finance.yahoo.com, 10 May 2016; guardianforheroesfoundation.org, 07 Apr 2016)
Ambitions
To compete at the Paralympic Games in 2020 and 2024. (defense.gov, 07 Jun 2016)
Impairment
In 2008 he shattered his right shoulder, tearing ligaments, tendons and his chest cavity, while serving with the United States Army assisting Border Support Security on the border of Texas, United States of America, and Mexico. He required two operations because of his injuries, but was left with limited movement in the limb. (defense.gov, 07 Jun 2016; wtc.army.mil, May 2016; guardianforheroesfoundation.org, 07 Apr 2016)
Other information
ARMY
He joined the United States Army in 2003 and was medically retired in January 2010. (wtc.army.mil, Sep 2014)

Results

Unit Date Rank
IPC Athletics World Championships (Lyon, France)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Triple Jump T46 Final 1 2013-07-26 8
Men's Triple Jump T46 Final 1 2013-07-26 999