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Sebastiana Lopez

Athletics

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
F54

Further personal information

Languages
English

Sport specific information

Why this sport?
Her recovery care coordinator suggested she attend an Air Force Wounded Warrior adaptive sports camp. "I didn't think I was ready to start any of the adaptive camps yet. I was intimidated because of the weight loss but my recovery care coordinator was like, 'just give the camp a try'. She didn't tell me it was the tryouts of the [Department of Defense] Warrior Games team. I did really well there; medalled a bunch and made the team the first time around."

General interest

Sporting philosophy / motto
"Your injury doesn't define you. You take control of your life. You take it back." (defense.gov, 01 Oct 2017)
Other sports
She competed in wheelchair rugby at the 2016 Invictus Games in Orlando, FL, United States of America. (sbnation.com, 12 May 2016)
Impairment
In 2015 she was riding her motorcycle in Charleston, SC, United States of America, when an animal ran across the road, causing her to swerve into a curb and crash. Her right leg was amputated above the knee and she sustained nerve damage to both hands. She was in a coma for a month at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, MD, United States of America. (teamusa.org, 26 May 2019; Instagram profile, 2019)
Other information
SANCTION
She was suspended by the International Paralympic Committee [IPC] for four years from September 2019 to September 2023 after committing an anti-doping rule violation at the 2019 Parapan American Games in Lima, Peru, where she returned an adverse analytical finding for the prohibited substance GW501516. The substance is on the World Anti-Doping Agency [WADA] Prohibited List under the class of hormone and metabolic modulators. Her results at the Games, including the silver medal she won in the F54 javelin throw and the bronze medal she won in the F53/54/55 shot put, were disqualified. (paralympic.org, 11 Dec 2020; insidethegames.biz, 12 Dec 2020)

ARMED SERVICE
She has said that she joined the US Air Force because she felt indebted to her country. She served as a staff sergeant. "My family came here from Mexico. I have nine brothers and sisters and five out of 10 of us joined the military, all different branches of service. It was kind of in our blood to join." (defense.gov, 01 Oct 2017; sbnation.com,12 May 2016; militarytimes.com, 23 Sep 2019)