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US high jumper Sam Grewe clears the bar at Berlin Grand Prix 2016

Samuel Ellis Grewe

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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.

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
T63, F63

Further personal information

Residence
Middlebury, IN, USA
Occupation
Athlete, Student
Languages
English

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport in the early part of 2014 at age 16. His first major event was the 2015 Desert Challenge Games in Mesa, AZ, United States of America.
Why this sport?
Para athletics was recommended to him by his prosthetist. "Playing [American] football, basketball and lacrosse after my amputation I was never really all that good. It was fun to get back into it but I never could return to how I was before, so to have the opportunity [in Para athletics] to compete internationally is really awesome."
Club / Team
Great Lakes Adaptive Sports Association [GLASA]: Chicago, IL, USA
Name of coach
Kyle Mishler [personal], USA
Training Regime
He trains two-and-a-half hours a day.

International debut

Year
2015
Competing for
United States
Tournament
World Championships
Location
Doha, QAT

General interest

Hobbies
Lacrosse, basketball, American football. (teamusa.org, 16 Jul 2015)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold at the 2015 World Championships in Doha, Qatar. (Athlete, 28 Sep 2017)
Most influential person in career
Coach Kyle Mishler. (Athlete, 28 Sep 2017)
Hero / Idol
Canadian high jumper Derek Drouin. (Athlete, 28 Sep 2017)
Injuries
In May 2014 he suffered a cracked fibula in his left leg while playing lacrosse. (wndu.com, 10 May 2014)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"The only thing to fear is fear itself." (Athlete, 28 Sep 2017)
Awards and honours
In 2016 and 2017 he was named US Paralympics High School Male Field Athlete of the Year. (teamusa.org, 19 Oct 2016; 16 Oct 2017)
Impairment
At age 13 he was diagnosed with osteosarcoma [bone cancer] after a tumour was found behind his right knee. He underwent rotationplasty surgery, with his right knee and part of his leg amputated and the remaining part reattached so his ankle could work as a replacement knee. (Facebook page, 14 Jun 2017; teamusa.org, 16 Jul 2015; Uplifting Athletes, 10 Jul 2013)
Other information
HONORARY TEAM MEMBER
In 2012 he was adopted by the players of US college American football team Notre Dame Fighting Irish 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)

Results

Unit Date Rank
IPC Athletics 2015 World Championships (Doha, Qatar)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's High Jump T42 Final 1 2015-10-22 1
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's High Jump T42 Final Round 2016-09-09 2
World Para Athletics Championships London 2017 (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's High Jump T42 Final 1 2017-07-22 1