Grewe first leapt in to the spotlight in 2015 when he won the high jump T42 world title at just 17-years-old.
The young American had only been taking part in the high jump for a year – he didn’t even have a coach.
But if he lacked experience, he certainly didn’t show it. Grewe added a phenomenal 20cm on to his personal best, clearing 1.81m to take gold.
The following year he made his Paralympic debut at Rio 2016, finishing second behind India’s Mariyappan Thangavelu.
But in 2017 he was back at the top again, clearing a new personal best 1.93m at a high school meeting in May before going on to successfully defend his world title in London, Great Britain.
If his form continues, Grewe looks set to beat Arnold Boldt’s world record of 1.96m set back in 1980.
Grewe was diagnosed with bone cancer in his right leg in 2011; the following year his leg was amputated above the knee.
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Sport specific information
In 2021 he began studying at the University of Michigan Medical School in the United States of America. (Instagram profile, 19 Mar 2021)
In January 2020 he began working as an intern for the University of Michigan's MDisability programme, which was developed to promote the inclusion of people with impairments in healthcare research, education, practice and community engagement. "They [MDisability] really are able to provide a lot of disheartening insight into what medicine is like with a disability. There's just no people with disabilities as doctors. I've never had a doctor myself who has a disability." He served as co-leader of MDisability's 'Staying Fit While Staying Put' project, an eight-week exercise regime designed to help people with impairments exercise at home. (teamusa.org, 01 Sep 2020)
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In 2012 he was adopted by the American football team of the University of Notre Dame as he was having treatment for osteosarcoma [bone cancer]. He would attend matches, spend time with the team and travelled with them to the national championship match in Miami, FL, United States of America. (wndu.com, 23 Sep 2013)
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