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Rudy Garcia-Tolson

Athletics
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Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
T61, F61

Further personal information

Other names
Rudy Garcia-Tolson
Residence
Chula Vista, CA, USA
Occupation
Athlete, Motivational Speaker
Languages
English

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began swimming at age six, and took up athletics at age seven.
Name of coach
Nathan Manley [national]
Training Regime
He trains five days a week. He has a morning session and an afternoon session three days a week, and does pool training in the morning followed by gym work and rest and recovery on the other two days.

General interest

Hobbies
Hip-hop music, skateboarding. (teamusa.org, 25 Sep 2016)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold in the SM7 200m individual medley at the 2004 Paralympic Games in Athens. (triathloninspires.com, 02 Sep 2014)
Hero / Idol
US actor Robin Williams. (triathlonmagazine.ca, 15 Aug 2014)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"A brave heart is a powerful weapon." (rudygt.com, 16 Nov 2014)
Awards and honours
In 2003 he was named one of Teen People Magazine's '20 Teens Who Will Change The World'. (US Paralympics, 03 Mar 2010)
Other sports
He represented the United States of America in athletics at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London, competing in the T42 100m and T42 200m. He has also participated in Ironman competitions at national level. (SportsDeskOnline, 01 Jun 2017; rudygt.com, 16 Nov 2014)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (quaticsintl.com, 20 Jan 2016)
Impairment
He was born with pterygium syndrome. The condition resulted in, among other things, a clubbed foot and the inability to straighten his legs. After numerous operations, both his legs were amputated above the knee at age five. (US Paralympics, 03 Mar 2010)
Other information
NATIONAL FIRSTS
He became the first US athlete with a double above-the-knee amputation to complete a full Ironman in 2009, when he finished a race in Tempe, AZ, United States of America. In 1999 at age 10 he became the youngest person with a bilateral amputation to complete a triathlon unassisted. (ossur.com, 02 Jul 2014; US Paralympics, 03 Mar 2010)

LEADER
He was co-captain of the US swim team at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (swimmingworldmagazine.com, 27 Aug 2016)

OTHER ACTIVITES
He has served as a spokesperson for the Challenged Athletes Foundation in the United States of America. He has also featured in a documentary called 'Challenge Roth', which followed the sporting lives of six athletes, as well as appearing on The Oprah Winfrey Show, CNN and in Sports Illustrated. (teamusa.org, 25 Sep 2016; Instagram profile, 09 Feb 2016; ossur.com, 02 Jul 2014)

Results

Unit Date Rank
IPC Swimming World Championships Eindhoven 2010 (Eindhoven, Netherlands)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 5,000 m Open Water S10 Final Round 9999
Men's 100 m Backstroke S8 Heat 1 5
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB7 Heat 2 2
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB7 Final Round 3
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM7 Heat 2 2
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM7 Final Round 1
Men's 4x100 m Freestyle 34pts Heat 1 3
Men's 4x100 m Freestyle 34pts Final Round 5
Men's 4x100 m Medley 34pts Heat 2 9999
Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games (Beijing, China)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB7 Heat 1 2
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB7 Final Round 3
Men's 100 m Backstroke S8 Heat 2 7
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM7 Heat 2 1
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM7 Final Round 1
Men's 4x100 m Medley 34 pts Heat 2 1
Men's 4x100 m Medley 34 pts Final Round 7
Men's 100 m Butterfly S8 Heat 1 6
Men's 400 m Freestyle S8 Heat 2 4
IPC Swimming World Championships Durban 2006 (Durban, South Africa)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m Freestyle S8 Heats 18
Men's 5,000 m Open Water Final Round 27
Men's 400 m Freestyle S8 Heats 10
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB7 Heats 5
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB7 Final Round 4
Men's 100 m Butterfly S8 Heats 10
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM7 Heats 1
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM7 Final Round 1
IPC Swimming World Championships Mar del Plata 2002 (Mar del Plata, Argentina)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB7 Heats 12
Men's 100 m Butterfly S8 Heats 10
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM7 Heats 7
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM7 Final Round 7
Men's 4x50 m Freestyle 20 pts Final Round 5
Men's 5,000 m Open Water Final Round 9999
London 2012 Paralympic Games (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m Butterfly S8 Heat 1 2012-08-30 6
Men's 400 m Freestyle S8 Heat 2 2012-08-31 6
Men's 200 m T42 Final Round 2012-09-01 9
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM7 Heat 2 2012-09-02 1
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM7 Final Round 2012-09-02 2
Men's 100 m Backstroke S8 Heat 1 2012-09-04 6
Men's 100 m T42 Heat 2 2012-09-07 6
Men's 4x100 m Medley 34pts Final Round 2012-09-08 6
Men's 4x100 m Medley 34pts Heat 1 2012-09-08 3
IPC Athletics World Championships (Lyon, France)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Long Jump T42 Final 1 2013-07-21 2
2015 IPC Swimming World Championships (Glasgow, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB7 Heat 1 2015-07-14 6
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB7 Final 1 2015-07-14 6
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM7 Final 1 2015-07-16 4
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM7 Heat 1 2015-07-16 2
Men's 4x100 m Freestyle 34pts Final 1 2015-07-17 7
Men's 4x100 m Freestyle 34pts Heat 1 2015-07-17 4
Men's 4x100 m Medley 34pts Heat 2 2015-07-18 6
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m Butterfly S8 Heat 1 2016-09-09 6
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB7 Final Round 2016-09-10 6
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB7 Heat 2 2016-09-10 4
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM7 Final Round 2016-09-13 2
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM7 Heat 2 2016-09-13 1
Men's 4x100 m Freestyle 34pts Final Round 2016-09-14 6