Athlete Year of Birth: 1986
Athlete Place of Birth: Woodland, CA
Athlete Lives: Houston United States
WTS Ranking: No Ranking
ITU Points List:: No Ranking
Type of Impairment
Origin of Impairment
He had his right leg amputated above the knee at the age of 14 as a result of bone cancer.
Start of sporting career
He switched from swimming to triathlon in 2010. He played baseball and football prior to his amputation. Since his amputation he has also competed in skiing, cycling and surfing.
Reason for taking up this sport
After graduating from college, he found it hard to keep up with his training so he retired from swimming. However, he was still looking for some type of athletic outlet, so he took-up road cycling. His girlfriend Chelsea [who would later become his wife] was a runner, and she got him into running while he introduced her to swimming. Eventually they signed up for their first triathlon together in 2010. In that first race, his performance caught the attention of representatives of the Challenged Athletes Foundation, who encouraged him to enter the national championship in New York in 2010, and he won. “Just having a competitive aspect back in my life is pretty exciting. I’ve been hooked ever since.”
To compete at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
He trains six days a week for between one hour and 90 minutes each day. (teamusa.org, 18 Oct 2012)
Sporting philosophy / motto
“You know that Tim McGraw song, ‘Live Like You Were Dying’? That pretty much sums it up for me.” (sports.espn.go.com, 02 Dec 2008)
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Athlete Other Sports: He was a member of the 2004 and 2008 US Paralympic Games swimming team. He also earned a silver medal in the 100m butterfly at the 2006 World Championships in Durban, South Africa.
Athlete Education: Nursing, Nutrition - Drexel University / California Polytechnic University, United States
Athlete Hobbies: Playing the guitar, playing golf and football.
Athlete Children: Wife Chelsea
Athlete Injuries: In June 2008 he had his appendix removed, hampering his preparations for the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing as it kept him out of the pool for one month. Despite the disruption, he competed in six events at the Games. (teamusa.org, 04 Dec 2006;